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Award-Winning Healthy Lifestyles starting in Miles City, Colstrip

December 17, 2013

Discounts Available for Signups before January 15

The nationally award-winning Healthy Lifestyles program offered by Holy Rosary Healthcare will begin its thirteenth session in February in Miles City and Colstrip. People may enroll or learn more now by calling 406-233.4067 (in Miles City) or 406-748-3600 ext. 132 (in Colstrip).

Participants in the first 12 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. Additionally, Liane Vadheim, RD, one of the lifestyles coaches for this local program, has also been selected by the CDC as one of a dozen educators in the country to serve as a Master Trainer for new Lifestyle Coaches and new programs. She has conducted training sessions in several states on behalf of the CDC.

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 lifestyle 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, 25 in Colstrip.

"Healthy Lifestyles has been a well-received program for so many, and we're happy to be able to offer it in Colstrip this spring," said Vadheim. "Our participants in Colstrip will join the class through the telemed system which has worked really well in many communities, including Colstrip in the past. In Miles City, the classes will take place at Holy Rosary Healthcare."

Healthy Lifestyles is facilitated by a team of wellness experts and educators at Holy Rosary Healthcare in Miles City and through a partnership with Colstrip Medical Center in Colstrip.

The total value of the 10-month program with all classes, lab tests, educational materials, screenings, prizes, and exercise offerings exceeds $700. A grant obtained by the HRH Foundation, which significantly subsidizes this program, allows the program to be offered for just $150 per person, with an early-bird enrollment of $100 for all individuals signing up by January 15.

Over 900 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.

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 from 5:15-6:15 pm or Thursday from 5:30-6:30 pm, beginning in February with initial individual assessments starting in late January. Colstrip participants will participate during the Wednesday class at 5:15 pm. The enrollment fee for the 10-month program is $100 if individual signs up prior to January 15 and $150 per person after January 15. Scholarships are available based on income guidelines. For more information or for an enrollment packet, call 406.233-4067 in Miles City or 406-748-3600 ext. 132 in Colstrip.

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