Wellness programs: Take charge of your health

According to healthcare.gov, wellness programs are designed to provide education about improving health and fitness. They’re great options for folks looking for help managing diabetes, quitting smoking, losing weight or be more active. Many wellness programs are offered by insurance companies; however, there are also community health programs, which allow neighbors, friends and families to work toward improving their health and wellness together.

On June 1, 2016, Reid Health launched its own community health program called Reid Health-ier Wellness Club. It’s free to join and open to everyone, and it offers helpful tools for improving your health.

Improving education

A community health program provides helpful information about how to improve and maintain your health. Whether it be a seminar on strategies to manage diabetes or a presentation on ways to become more physically active, education empowers community members with the tools they need to take charge of their health.Wellness program

With Reid’s wellness club, you have access to “My Wellness Update” presentations, which are the third Wednesday of every month, where different topics are discussed to help you become your healthiest you.

Incentives and rewards

While good health and physical fitness are the ultimate goals, small, manageable milestones help maintain motivation and give you a sense of accomplishment. Some community wellness programs keep you involved by offering rewards, discounts, points and prizes as you continue to make good choices. You can earn points by working out, meeting walking goals, attending support groups, losing a few pounds or even getting a flu shot. Small achievements might add up to big prizes, and ultimately, large dividends in health and quality of life.

When you register for Reid’s wellness club, you’ll receive a fitness journal and water bottle to help you on your journey. You will have access to the Reid Health-ier dashboard, which provides many opportunities to earn points toward T-shirts, jump ropes, pedometers and other items to encourage a healthy lifestyle. You can earn points by connecting your fitness tracker, entering your weight and blood pressure each month, working out at home, attending presentations and even for keeping up with preventative care activities like dental checkups and flu shots.

Measurable progress and support

Community wellness programs can provide a place where you can measure your progress in key health indicators and find peer and professional support. Looking back on your progress can help you appreciate how far you’ve come and maintain your motivation to keep going.

Reid’s Health-ier Wellness Club lets you track your cholesterol levels, weight, hemoglobin A1C and blood pressure. Additionally, just by signing up for the free program, you get access to the Reid Wellness team.

Community wellness programs are designed with you and your family in mind. Relevant health information, support and incentive programs combine to make it easy and fun to make healthy choices. Sign up is simple and free at Reid Health-ier Wellness Club. If you have questions or want more information, you can call (765) 983-3215 or email at Wellness@ReidHealth.org.

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