In addition to serving on the Clinic Board of Directors, Dr. Robert Morantz is also the program director for Healthy Lifestyles and oversees the Everglades Area Health Education Center’s Quit Smoking Now Program. “The Healthy Lifestyle Program empowers our patients to take control of their health”, said Dr. Robert Morantz.
Karen Eastman was part of the original team in 1999 that helped Dr. Bill and Nancy Lascheid recruit physicians to volunteer at the Neighborhood Health Clinic. Ms. Eastman has been volunteering with Healthy Lifestyles since the program started in 2008. She says “I feel blessed to be able to provide information that allows the participants to change their lives.
Ms. Kathy Camisa has been volunteering at the Neighborhood Health Clinic as a volunteer since 2006. In 2010, she volunteered as the co-coordinator of Healthy Lifestyles. Ms. Camisa says her favorite part about the program is witnessing the pride the patients have with their results and to see them maintain their hard work months after they graduate from the program.
Jenny Anton has been volunteering at the Neighborhood Health Clinic since 2009. She is the co-coordinator of Healthy Lifestyles. Her favorite part of volunteering with the Healthy Lifestyles program is being able to help the participants learn how to lead healthier and more productive lives. Ms. Anton also volunteers with the Quit Smoking Now program.
Classes are held in four (4) week modules. Below is the 2011 course schedule:
Saturdays 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (free lunch served)
- February 5 through February 26
- May 7 through May 28
- September 10 through October 1
Wednesdays 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm (free dinner served)
- October 26 through November 16
Registration required – Family and friends are welcome
Healthy Lifestyles is a FREE program presented by the Neighborhood Health Clinic. These interactive and hands-on classes include:
- Lessons in proper food choices by a Registered Dietician
- Lessons in exercises that can be carried out by everyone – no matter how busy you are
- Lessons on stress management
Participants have baseline medical data on:
- Lipids (total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides)
- Waist measurements
- Current A1C (if diabetic)
Testing is conducted to collect all base line medical data not already in the participants’ medical records at no charge to the patient.
- Weekly 30 minute exercise session
- Registered Dietician topics
- Oral Health
- Medical Tests
- Stress Management
- Lunch / Dinner
Patients have access to interactive fitness websites, instructional hand-outs, free elastic bands and pedometers to maintain a healthy level of physical activity between classes. After the 4 week module is completed, participant progress is tracked for 18 months to measure outcomes.
The next Healthy Lifestyle Module begins September 10, 2011. Please contact the Neighborhood Health Clinic at 239.261.6600 if you wish to participate.
Participants Share Their Experience from the May 7 through May 28 Module:
Participants who attend at least three of the four weeks received a certificate of completion presented by Nina Gray, CEO on Saturday, May 28, 2011. The Co-Founders, Dr. William and Nancy Lascheid also congratulated the participants for making the effort to take control of their health.
Those participants who attended all four session received a certificate presented by the program’s co-coordinators, Kathy Camisa and Jenny Anton.
Manuel takes a moment at the end of the graduation ceremony to thank CEO, Nina Gray for “putting together a team of excellence”. He went on to say the Clinic is a community and he has found his Angels here. Manuel and his wife received certificates for perfect attendance.
On May 28, 2011, Rafael received “Star Participant” recognition for taking more step than any other participant. Over the 4 week module, Rafael took almost 115,000 steps. In addition, Rafael also received a certificate for perfect attendance.
Diana was recognized for her weight loss over the four weeks period. She said the most useful information she found in the course was learning about serving sizes and how to read nutrition labels.
Please click here to see photos from Healthy Lifestyles.
Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle:
- In these busy times it may be difficult to schedule and keep workouts. So why not find other ways to exercise such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking at the far end of parking lots instead of near the doors and move about during commercial breaks while watching television?
- Over the years Americans have fallen victim to “portion distortion”. It is important to read nutrition labels to find the accurate portion sizes.
- It is also important to understand the harm that one does to one’s body and the tremendous amount of weight that can be gained by eating mainly “junk” or “fast food”.
Volunteers are involved in selecting, interviewing, and enrolling the appropriate patients, entering data on the participant’s progress, calling to confirm attendance, and in general working with the two program coordinators to insure that the program runs smoothly and thereby provides the maximum benefit to our patients.
Please click here if you have the desire to make a tremendous positive impact on the health of our working, uninsured patients and apply to become a volunteer.
The Healthy Lifestyles program is funded through donations. Please click here if you wish make a donation to the Neighborhood Health Clinic.