CHI St. Joseph’s Lifestyle Navigator Oks Lake Country Associates program

(Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) The lifestyle navigator of CHI St. Joseph's Weight Management Center expresses his big support to the ARMHS LEARN. He has grants that funded the center. The main focus of his support is to develop healthier living skills.CHI St. Joseph’s Lifestyle Navigator Oks Lake Country Associates program
October 18
6:00 AM 2016

Brett Fredrickson, the CHI St. Joseph's Weight Management Center's Lifestyle Navigator, shows his big support in ARMHS LEARN program which was facilitated by the Lake Country Associates ARMHS LEARN coordinator and mental health practitioner, Spike Wellman.

Known as ARMHS, the Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services is a community-based service that provides aid to adults with mental illness to manage their symptoms while staying in the community. Through reducing mental health-related hospitalizations, the program able to reduce the expenses of care and augment the quality of life for the people in that such program.

 The center's lifestyle navigator, Fredrickson, joins Lake Country Associates ARMHS program weekly. He works alongside Wellman. Through his presence the availability of a link to area health services increases. Their focal point is on healthy nutrition and exercise habits using lessons from an evidence based, behavior change workbook. To promote more physical activity for participants each session includes activity to warm them up.

A bariatric surgery for weight loss are done by some group members. Their concentration is on maintaining their weight as well as continuing their healthy habits. All the group members are trying to develop healthier living skills, thus they are keen with their nutrition and physical exercise. On a regular basis a dietetic intern joins the group at CHI St. Josephs Health Dietetic to allow more accurate nutrition information to be discussed within the group members.

Moreover, a three-year grant from PrimeWest Health's Community Reinvestment Grant Program funded Fredrickson's support in this group. To fund the development and implementation of a Lifestyle Navigator Program and to enhance the present weight management resources in our community, said the center's life navigator.

The Community Health Reinvestment Grant Program permits CHI St. Joseph's Health to work collaboratively in the local to assist patients with medical transportation needs and to integrate with area healthcare providers including behavior health professionals, organizations, and agencies.

Ben Koppelman, the CHI St. Joseph's Health president points out "Collaborating with other health care providers and organizations results in a multi-disciplinary team approach to helping all patients, including our underserved populations, achieve their weight management goals."

He further says that as healthcare resources pursue to shift from taking care of the sick to keeping people well, the grant allows them to build a healthier community and help adults and youth experience better health.

Providing tailored health goals, while encouraging higher commitment and accountability, Brett Fredrickson, the lifestyle navigator directs participants to program offerings specific to their needs. His great role at CHI St. Joseph's Health Weight Management Center is among enhanced services which was made possible through the PrimeWest Health Community Reinvestment Grant Program.

In creating a healthier lifestyle and looking for a program or offering that is right for you CHI St. Joseph's Health Lifestyle Navigator can assist you.



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