PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS) - A teacher in Perryville is inspiring people around the Heartland after losing more than half her body weight through diet and exercise alone.
When Laura Ernst started her weight loss journey, she wore a size 32. She now wears a size 4 and has dropped 166 pounds since June 2014.
She also participates in The Healthy Weigh program at Saint Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau.
Ernst, who is a teacher in Perryville, has shared her journey with her students and on social media in an effort to stay accountable.
She walks at least two hours every day and Ernst said she has a new appreciation for life.
People posting on social media call Ernst an inspiration.
She said she is encouraged by the positive response and works to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
For more information on The Healthy Weigh, visit the website or call (573) 331-5686.