Health Briefs, Sept. 6, 2016

12-week wellness program offered through St. Mary’s

St. Mary’s Hospital is offering a 12-week comprehensive wellness L.I.F.E. Program (Lifestyle Improvement with Fitness and Education) to assist participants with weight loss and behavioral changes to improve overall health. The class will run from Sept. 13 through Dec. 6,

The L.I.F.E. program incorporates weekly exercise, nutrition, team support and goal-setting to assist with long-term lifestyle improvements. All participants will receive individual fitness assessments, private group exercise, lectures, incentives and a Life Center facility membership while enrolled. 

Preregistration is due by Friday to reserve your spot. Call Lana at 298-6130 for information.

Improve balance, build strength with Stepping On


Is falling or poor balance a concern? Build confidence and reduce your chances of falling with Stepping On, an evidence-based falls prevention program.

Participants will learn simple, yet effective balance and strength training. In addition, instructors will teach how to control personal and environmental factors that contribute to falls in this fun and friendly peer-supportive class. 

Stepping On is held at the St. Mary’s Life Center across from Which Wich, near the corner of 12th Street and Patterson Road.

The cost is $35, and the next program will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 13 and running through Oct. 25.

For information, and to register, visit the Life Center at Entrance 40, or call 298-6130.

Cook with a cardiologist to treat chronic illness


Join cardiologist Dr. Maria Anderson for a six-week plant-based nutrition and cooking course to treat chronic illness with healthy food.

Classes are from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Mary’s Hospital, 12th floor. The next session begins Sept. 13 and runs through Oct. 18.

Classes include nutrition education, cooking demonstrations, food samples and a trip to the grocery store to learn label reading and healthy shopping. Fee for the six classes is $89.

To register, go to St. Mary’s Life Center 2686 Patterson Road, entrance 40, or call the front desk at 298-6080.

Orthopaedic surgeon receives care award


St. Mary’s Hospital has given their Circle of Care Award to a doctor from Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates Inc. (RMOA), Jeffrey Nakano, MD, for demonstrating the spirit of care that embodies the hospital.

A patient of Dr. Nakano’s made a donation as a way of saying “thank you” to him for his exceptional services.

“We are proud to have Dr. Nakano as part of our outstanding medical team,” said Dale Reigle, CEO of the associates.

“The level of care he provides to joint replacement patients is exceptional. His expertise in those joint replacements has given a quality of life back to patients who were struggling to get around prior to the surgery.”

The Circle of Care Program at St. Mary’s provides patients with the opportunity to say “thank you” to an individual or team who made a difference and were there when needed most.

The donations that patients provide can be in honor of a physician, nurse, volunteer or staff member who took the time to do a bit extra or was especially kind or helpful.


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