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Take the Path to Better Health with Griffin’s Wellness for Life

By Janet Maurice on 8/17/2015

Griffin Hospital is helping individuals make the change for a healthier life this fall with its Wellness for Life program

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 Tues., Sept. 15 from 6-8:30 p.m., the program offers a custom fitness evaluation, individual nutrition guidance, one-on-one coaching, and small, interactive health small seminars so participants can make a commitment to a healthier life.  Each participant also receives a Fitbit, which helps track participants’ activity, sleep patterns and food intake.

“Health and happiness go hand-in-hand,” said Wellness for Life Program Director Eunice Lisk. “This program helps people assess their lifestyle and provides them a personalized plan to increase vitality and support that is with them every step of the way to better health.”

Wellness for Life focuses on hands-on learning, featuring an activity monitor, 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 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 Manager, Eunice Lisk, MS at 203-732-7107.

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