St. John’s Health announces the launch, on March 2, of a new Lifestyle Medicine program. Lifestyle Medicine is one of the fastest growing fields of medicine and focuses on six pillars of health: nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress management, relationships, and the avoidance of risky substances. It differs from more mainstream approaches in healthcare by highlighting the use of non-pharmaceutical and non-invasive modalities to prevent, treat, and even reverse chronic disease.
“The launch of the Lifestyle Medicine Program at St. John’s Health is momentous,” said Julia Heemstra, Director of the Wellness Department at St. John’s Health. “Lifestyle Medicine is the evidenced-based, leading-edge approach to optimal health that is revolutionizing health care. It empowers the patient to take control of his/her health while providing the resources and support to catalyze long-term, sustainable behavioral change.”
St. John’s Health’s Lifestyle Medicine program grew out of its nationally recognized worksite wellness program that has been providing wellness programming for over 1,400 Teton County employees for eight years.
“Through this population-based programming, we became aware of the demand for individualized wellness services,” said Heemstra. “These services include wellness coaching, nutritional consultations, Healthy U, tobacco cessation, and ergonomic evaluations.”
Through lifestyle changes and collaboration with their primary care providers, clients of these services have reversed their Type 2 diabetes, reduced their blood pressure and cholesterol levels, experienced significant weight reduction, reduced and/or eliminated medications, and avoided expensive medical procedures.
The Lifestyle Medicine program at St. John’s Health will operate as a cash-pay subscription service. Client services begin with an initial intake with a registered nurse who is board certified by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. For more information about the program, please call 307.739.7399.