By Janis Kleinberger, Executive Director of Emerging Healthcare
Do you know what happened in 2010? Now when I ask someone in our community if they know about Emerging Healthcare, almost everyone says “Yes!”
That’s because our affordable education programs and services are touching hundreds of your lives – promoting healthier lifestyles through prevention, easing chronic conditions, and improving health and well-being.
To start this New Year off right I would like to announce that Emerging Healthcare, a registered 501(c)3, will be offering some life-changing programs for 2011 that will help you attain the healthy, fulfilling life you want. Just imagine, this year can really be your year for waking up everyday feeling wonderful!
You and your family can add healthier, happier years to your life and we can put Pickens County on the map as an outstanding model 5-STAR healthy lifestyles community for Georgia.
All of this is possible, and much more this year.
Here are a few exciting programs we at Emerging Healthcare have coming down the pipeline in 2011:
• 5-STAR (Step Toward Amazing Results!) Diabetes Program: In collaboration with the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center, we are launching our 5 STAR (Step Toward Amazing Results!) Diabetes Program to assist people at risk for and diagnosed with Diabetes. What makes this program unique?
Our team of screened professionals will coordinate programs and services that address the 5 STAR lifestyle: *Mindful Nutrition*Stress Management *Movement & Fitness *Healthy Relationships and *Continuous Support. These are the key elements that can bring lasting results. In addition to our Mountain Mover Walking Groups some of our services include: nutrition consultations by a registered dietician, personal assessments, healthy cooking classes, emotional support, and more.
• Emerging Healthcare is partnering with the Nurturing Family Center of Georgia to offer Nurturing Parenting Programs for parents in Pickens County either expecting children or who have children through pre-school age. Beginning in February, weekly classes will teach parents how to raise a healthy happy baby and build parent-child bonding. This is a wonderful opportunity for young families in Pickens County. Stay tuned for more details.
• Pickens County Head Start Apple Seeds and Jumping Beans Project: Georgia has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in the country. Emerging Healthcare was awarded a grant from the American Medical Association (AMA) Healthy Living Program.
This program addresses critical healthy lifestyle issues by providing mini-grants to grassroots organizations who are on the front lines in their communities. Through the imaginative Apple Seeds and Jumping Beans Project Emerging Healthcare is self-empowering 180 Head Start children and their parents with healthy nutrition tools and movement activities to prevent childhood obesity, which is rampant in our community. Parents are attending monthly education programs, and the children are receiving weekly yoga instruction and aerobic exercises in the classroom.
In addition, we are developing a toolkit of activities, resources, and incentives to promote a shift toward healthier habits. Just imagine how good life can be. Take action to give yourself and your loved ones the gift of health in 2011. We’re here to support you, from youth to the golden years. Finally, I would like to extend a big thank you to the ongoing dedication of our screened and trained health practitioners, our advisory committee (Suzanne Bryant, Kathy Glenn, John Hubay, Keith Hunter, Carol Mastroianni, Don Russell, Richard Sims, Larry Toney, and Susan Wright) and all of our incredible volunteers and the Pickens County Progress. The word is out. Call 706.253.2290 to Step Toward YOUR Amazing Results.
Visit www.emerginghealthcare.org for more information.