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Griffin Hospital Wellness for Life Program Begins March 3

By Griffin Hospital on 2/16/2015

Wellness for Life is a 12-week, evidence-based lifestyle change program that helps prevent and treat many chronic diseases. According to a report by the US Department of Health and Human Services, 80 percent of chronic diseases, like obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, can be prevented with better lifestyle choices in nutrition, activity and emotional health.

Starting Thursday, March 3, the program offers a comprehensive wellness evaluation with a Lifestyle Medicine physician, custom fitness training, individual nutrition guidance, one-on-one coaching, and small, interactive health small seminars so participants can make a commitment to a healthier life.

“Lifestyle practices can exert an incredibly beneficial effect on health and vitality,” said Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center and a nationally recognized health expert. “I think everyone has the will to be healthy, but few people have the skill set required. This program is a solution to that problem, providing people expert, step by step guidance along the road to better health.”

Wellness for Life focuses on hands-on learning, featuring a Fitbit, a personal health coach, and weekly group sessions to establish healthy weight control, lowered cholesterol and blood pressure, better sleep and energy, and increased personal strength and resilience.

A pilot of this program run at Griffin Hospital in 2014 succeeded in significant weight loss and reductions in blood pressure for participants, receiving a 96 percent rating in meeting expectations and an A grade for all of the presentations by the expert speakers.

Wellness for Life meets on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hewitt Ambulatory Pavilion (located in the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital) at 350 Seymour Ave., in Derby.

For more information about Wellness for Life, visit griffinhealth.org/wellnessforlife  or call Program Managers Eunice Lisk, MS, or Ingrid Edshteyn, DO, at 203.732.7107.

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