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Kirby Medical Center has announced the launch of a new program aimed at improving the overall health and well-being of adults living in Piatt County. According to 2009 data collected from the Illinois Department of Public Health County Level Disease Prevalence, some of Piatt County’s health statistics revealed that:
• 62 percent of the population was overweight and obese, meaning that their Body Mass Index (BMI) was greater than 25 and 30;
•30 percent had been told they have high blood pressure with 85 percent taking medication to lower their blood pressure;
•40 percent of the population had been told they have high cholesterol, and;
•13 percent had been told they have diabetes mellitus which was higher by 5% than the previous reporting period in 2006.
Kirby Medical Center weighed in on these statistics and in June 2012, applied for and received a $7,000 Illinois Critical Access Hospital grant to be used to develop a program focused on chronic disease prevention, teaching participants about healthy eating and fitness. The six-month program is called Live Well and it will kick off in January.
Live Well is open to any person over the age of 12 years and older wanting to maintain or improve their current health status. Classes will be held weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7-8pm at Kirby Medical Center in the Education room located at the end of the main promenade. Topics for the class include diet related strategies, cooking demonstrations and exercise ideas and education. As a part of the program, there will be private weekly weigh-ins, anthropometrics (which measures size and proportion), and opportunities to ask questions. Classes will be led by Sara Wade, Kirby Medical Center’s Registered Dietitian, as well as other experts including an exercise physiologist, occupational therapist, certified diabetes educator, and the Kirby Medical Group Fresh Start diet coach.
There is a small monthly fee to participate in Live Well with a discount offered to those who register for the entire series. Included in the participation fee is an individual comprehensive nutrition assessment complete with a personalized meal plan. Insurance is not accepted for Live Well. For more information or to register, call Sara Wade at 762-1904 or Heidi Apperson at 762-1513. For more Kirby Medical Center news, visit KirbyHealth.org.