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July 18, 2012

The nationally award-winning healthy lifestyles program offered by Holy Rosary Healthcare will begin its tenth session in early September in Miles City, with new locations in Broadus and Ashland. People may enroll or learn more now by calling 406.233.4067.

Participants in the first nine sessions have experienced impressive results with lower cholesterol, reduced blood pressure, increased daily physical activity, weight loss, and overall improved health. The program has been recognized by the CDC and participant results have been reported in a number of national health and medicine trade journals.

The Healthy Lifestyles program is based on a medically guided program that helps participants make long-term, sustainable changes to live a more healthful life. The program consists of 1:1 sessions with a trained lifestyles coach, periodic assessments, personalized goal setting, a 16-week core program with weekly educational and exercise sessions and 6-month follow-up program with classes, assessments, and coaching sessions. Sixty participants will be accepted in Miles City, 20 in Broadus, and 12 in Ashland.

Healthy Lifestyles is facilitated by a team of wellness experts and educators at Holy Rosary Healthcare in Miles City and through a partnership with Powder River Medical Center (Broadus) and Ashland Community Health Center.

"Healthy Lifestyles has been a well-received program for so many, and we're happy to be able to offer it in Broadus and Ashland this fall for the first time," said Liane Vadheim, RD, one of the program's lifestyle coaches and instructors. "Our participants in Broadus and Ashland will join the class through the telemed system which has worked really well for us. In Miles City, the classes will be at Holy Rosary Healthcare."

Over 800 participants have participated in the program. So far, they have lost several thousand pounds of weight, 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 this medically guided, healthy living and weight management courses through Holy Rosary Healthcare. This project is funded, in part, through a $120,000 grant 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 weekly (between weekly sessions 5-16)

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

Miles City participants may choose to attend the 16 one-hour weekly educational classes on Wednesday's at noon or Tuesday's at 5:30 pm, beginning in September with initial individual assessments starting at the beginning of September. Broadus and Ashland participants will participate during the Tuesday class at 5:30 pm through the telemed system as designated at each facility. 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 (406) 233-4067 for Carla in Miles City, (406) 436-2651 for Kerry in Broadus, and (406) 748-2346 for Julie in Ashland.

This project is funded, in part or in whole, under a contract with the MT Department of Public Health & Human Services. The statements herein do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the department.