Eat Well for Life program focuses on nutrition and exercise

Everyone knows that there are definite benefits to eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet and exercising regularly, but many people just don’t know where to start. The Eat Well for Life programs teaches participants to live it, not diet.

Participants can enroll in Eat Well for Life I, offered at WVUH-East, City Hospital and Jefferson Memorial campuses, through Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. In this program they can learn about the actions they need to take in order to make healthy lifestyle decisions that can result not only in weight management, but in decreased health risks.

Eat Well for Life I is a lifestyle improvement program promoting wellness and long-term weight management through increasing physical activity and healthy eating. Participants learn to make healthful food choices and are encouraged to adopt the nutrition practices needed to achieve a balanced lifestyle and long-term weight management.

WVUH-East is proud to offer Eat Well for Life as well as other prevention programs through Highmark’s Preventive Health Alliance. The programs fit within our mission to improve the health status of Eastern Panhandle residents by providing high-quality health and wellness services.

Some of the health benefits of exercise include reduced risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, stronger bones, and an improved memory, immune system, and sleep. Maybe the most persuasive benefit is that studies show that mood improves after exercise.

Eat Well for Life I will be offered:

Wednesdays, March 7 – March 21, 2012 from 6 − 7:30 p.m. at the McCormack Center on the campus of City Hospital or Tuesdays, March 6 − 27, 2012 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

There is no fee or facility membership required for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield (with the exception of Federal and WVUH-East Employees) members to participate in the Eat Well for Life I program and only a nominal fee for non-Highmark members who sign up. The professional staff at WVUH-East has been trained by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to administer this healthy eating program. For more information on program schedules or to register, call 304-264-1287, ext. 1814 or email ddejarnett@cityhospital.org.

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