Horizons program praises losers
Most programs praise winners, but not the SMH Cottonwood Medical Clinic’s Healthy Horizons program. They emphasize weight management through lifestyle choices then celebrate the losers. According to Kevin Conger, DTR and Becky Ewing, RN, CDE, individuals within the group lost a total of 157.5 pounds.
“We had a number of people who regularly attended the educational meetings which always began with a confidential weigh in,” said Conger. “We’re so proud of the people who participated. They were committed to making healthy lifestyle choices and managing their weight sensibly.”
The educational meetings began last fall and continued every other Tuesday evening through May. “We’re taking a summer break, but will still offer the confidential weigh in every other week from 5:00 to 5:30 at the Cottonwood Medical Clinic just to keep people on track,” continued Conger. “There is no charge and anyone who is interested in joining our group in the fall is welcome to begin with the free weigh ins this summer.”
Classes will resume in September. Announcements about the starting date will run in the newspaper or interested persons can call Conger in the dietary department at SMH, 962-3251. The initial registration fee is $10 with a $5 fee for subsequent sessions.
Next Ladies Night out is July 19
Females interested in having their annual female exam by one of the St. Mary’s Hospital healthcare providers at the next Komen Ladies Night Out can call the Cottonwood Clinic, 962-3267, to schedule an appointment. The July 19th event will also feature information on sun safety, free goody bags for all attendees, summertime refreshments, skin cancer information and an opportunity to enjoy an evening of friendship and fun.
The Komen for the Cure grant can be billed for women between the ages of 18 and 49 who are residents of Idaho County and are underinsured or uninsured. The Komen for the Cure grant from the Boise affiliate also covers the cost of mammograms. Private insurances will be billed for anyone who is covered. All financial arrangements are kept strictly confidential.
The function will be held from 5:30 to 7:30. Included is a presentation by Heidi Henson, CHES, Health Promotion Coordinator for Public Health, North Central District. “Heidi has a lot of information at her fingertips about women’s health issues and regional resources. She’ll focus her talk on having fun in the sun while protecting your skin and eyes,” said Jeanette Gorman, Community Relations Coordinator. “She will be available for questions and impromptu discussions.”