Hospital launches two new programs

(Jackson, Wyo.) - St. John's announced last week that it will offer two new programs for the coming year: a wellness program for people with chronic illness and a weight management support group. *Healthy U* Healthy U is an evidenced-based program for anyone with a chronic condition, including diabetes, cancer, heart and lung issues, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, arthritis, and more. Developed by Stanford University and funded locally by the University of Wyoming, the program teaches people how to manage their daily living in order to lead a happier and healthier life. The six-week program is facilitated by St. John's certified wellness coaches Lisa Smith, a registered dietitian; and Natalie Stewart, a board-certified registered nurse. "The program is taught in a highly participatory manner, which is what makes it so effective," said Julia Heemstra, director of the wellness department. "It is grounded in providing mutual support and celebrating success, which builds the participants' confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives," she added. Healthy U meets on Thursdays, from 2:30 to 5:00 pm at St. John's Medical Center. The fee for the program is $60.00. For every session you attend, you receive $10.00 back. For those attending all six sessions, the program is free. *Weight management support group* A new support group, designed for people interested in managing their weight and those who have had or are considering bariatric surgery, begins January 21. Led by Sarah Peterson, a registered dietitian at St. John's Medical Center, and Amber Schalk, a registered nurse at St. John's General Surgery, the group will share experiences, gain knowledge, and receive support from peers and professionals. This interactive support group empowers clients to achieve and maintain their individual weight loss goals through long-term healthy lifestyle changes. The structure of each session includes a brief educational presentation and a general discussion forum. The support group meets on the third Thursday of the month from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. in the Boardroom at St. John's Medical Center. There is no fee for this group. *Feature Photo: h/t Pixabay / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news