ALMH announces new weight loss program
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[December 11, 2012]
Obesity can increase the risk
for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other serious health
problems. In Logan County, 35 percent of adults are obese, compared
with a national benchmark of 25 percent. Abraham Lincoln Memorial
Hospital is addressing the obesity epidemic one person at a time
with Moving Forward, a new weight loss program.
The Moving Forward weight loss program at ALMH is a 14-week program
designed for individuals who have at least 30 pounds to lose.
Participants will work toward improving overall health while
reducing risk of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and other
"As a participant of Moving Forward, we'll teach you how to lower
your risk factors for many diseases and how to develop healthy
lifestyle habits that will ultimately lead to weight loss and better
overall health," said Todd Mourning, physical therapist and manager
of rehabilitation services at ALMH.
A $150 fee for the 14-week program provides professional support
on three levels. The fee includes a personalized health assessment,
weekly follow-ups and weigh-ins with a registered dietitian,
development of a personalized exercise plan, and monthly meetings
with a behavioral therapist. Moving Forward participants will also
have weekday access to the rehab gym at ALMH. The number of
participants will be limited per session, and all participants must
have physician approval.
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"We conducted a pilot program this past summer and are confident
that the Moving Forward program provides all the support necessary
for weight loss success. The program will work if the participant is
dedicated to making changes to their lifestyle. ALMH couldn't be
more pleased to offer this program to the community," said Mourning.
ALMH is a 25-bed critical-access hospital serving Logan and eastern
Mason counties. For more information about the Moving Forward weight
loss program, contact the rehabilitation department at 217-605-5500.
[Text from file received from
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital]