Horizons program offered
St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics is launching a new program to support people wanting to make and maintain healthy lifestyle and eating choices. The Healthy Horizons program will be facilitated by Becky Ewing, RN, CDE and Kevin Conger, DTR. The orientation sessions are scheduled at the Cottonwood Medical Clinic on Tuesday, October 12 and on Wednesday, October 20 at the Kamiah Medical Clinic. Each one hour session will begin at 5:30.
The sessions will be held every other week following the initial orientation. Sessions will begin with a confidential weigh in followed by a 30 minute educational and support session.
“It seems like adults of all ages are struggling to make the right food choices and to live as healthily as possible, but it’s not always easy. Most of us need a safety net and support network,” said Ewing. “Our sessions will last about an hour. They will feature information about healthy lifestyles and nutrition. They’ll also include a confidential weigh in so we can each chart our progress. We’ll certainly celebrate our successes and figure out our failures.”
No pre-registration is necessary and participants can join the group from the beginning or at any time during the year. It will be an ongoing program with an initial fee of $10 to cover materials. Each subsequent session will be $5.00 payable at time of session.
The once monthly sessions at each facility will cover such topics as selecting a food plan, portion control, exercise, label reading and cooking for the holidays.
“Everyone is different, but many people need encouragement from others to continue their efforts to lead healthy lives. It’s hard sometimes to watch your weight and exercise properly during the winter months, especially during the holidays,” said Conger. “Our hospital and clinics truly care about people and want to provide assistance so people make choices that lead to longer, more active lives.”
For more information Ewing can be reached at SMH, 962-3251 ext 2519.