Hudson, Wis. – Life Steps to Weight Loss and Better Health is a year-long, in-depth lifestyle change program to improve overall health and well-being.
It can help people to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other chronic diseases.
After a number of successful courses at Westfields Hospital & Clinic in New Richmond, Wisconsin, and Lakeview Hospital, in Stillwater, Minnesota, this popular course is expanding to Hudson Hospital & Clinic, starting Tuesday, Nov. 5. The program regularly costs $400 but is being offered to the Hudson community for $200.
JoAnn Brede, a semi-retired social worker, has taken the program through Lakeview Hospital. She enrolled in the program after discussing options with her doctor. About nine months into the program, she went in for her annual physical. “My doctor just about fell off her chair at my weight loss and the improvement in my blood pressure,” she recalled. “I was even able to stop taking my blood pressure medication by sustaining the improvements.”
Laura Larsen also took part in the Life Steps program at Lakeview. She lost 22 pounds in her first six months of the program. She said: “I feel better. I can tell my blood sugar is more consistent. I also don't crave sugar as much as I used to. I still splurge once in a while, but then I get right back to the healthy eating instead of giving up. I feel less worried about my health, knowing that I am actively taking steps to help avoid medical problems I may be genetically predisposed to as I age, like diabetes and high blood pressure.”
Participants receive the support of HealthPartners registered dietitian instructors, as well as a small peer support group. No physician referral is needed.
Date: Tuesdays, starting Nov. 5
Time: 11 a.m. to noon
Location: Hudson Hospital & Clinic, 405 Stageline Road, Hudson
Questions: Email the Hudson class instructor at Kristin.A.Miller@Lakeview.Org
PHOTO: JoAnn Brede, who took the Life Steps program through Lakeview Hospital.