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HRHs Healthy Lifestyles Class Begins in Miles City, Baker in September

August 03, 2009
Holy Rosary Healthcare is beginning its fourth session of Healthy Lifestyles, a 16-week weight management and healthy living wellness program. The classes begin in early September in Miles City and in Baker as part of a new partnership between Holy Rosary Healthcare and Fallon Medical Complex. HRH will be accepting up to 55 people in Miles City and up to 20 participants in Baker. While the classes begin in September, pre-class assessments start in August interested parties are encouraged to enroll now as the classes fill quickly.

“We’re looking forward to the addition of the Baker site,” said Liane Vadheim, RD, one of the program’s lifestyle coaches and instructors. “Our participants in Baker will join the class through the telemed system and will have exercise opportunities in Baker. We’re excited to be bringing the program to Baker with the potential to expand it to other communities based on our results in Baker.”

Over 240 participants have participated in the first three programs. So far, they have lost over 3,100 pounds, lowered their blood pressure and cholesterol and report higher energy.

People at risk for diabetes and cardiovascular or heart disease have a unique opportunity to participate in medically guided, healthy living and weight management courses in Miles City. This project is funded, in part or in whole, under a $90,000 grant award contract between the HRH Foundation and the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services.

The program is divided into two main sections -- the 16-week core program and the six months of follow-up curriculum. The 16-week core program includes:

  • weight loss and lifestyle goal setting
  • personal lifestyles coach for 1:1 coaching
  • weekly educational sessions monitoring patient status on goal attainment
  • diet and physical activity recommendations
  • guided exercise activities available at least twice weekly (available after fifth session)

The six months of follow-up curriculum includes:

  • ongoing meetings with personal lifestyles coach
  • monthly educational group sessions
  • additional assistance and tracking of lifestyle goals
  • activities to keep participants on track and working toward their long-term lifestyle changes

Participants may choose to attend 16 weekly educational classes on Tuesdays at 5:30pm, beginning September 1 or Wednesdays at noon, beginning September 2. The enrollment fee for the 10-month program is $150, which is subsidized by the state grant. Scholarships are available based on income guidelines. For more information or for an enrollment packet, call 233.4067 in Miles City or 778.5146 in Baker.

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