Ready for change
You’re ready to make a majorlifestyle change, but you’re not surehow. Highland PCN designed itsHealth Improvement Program forthis purpose—to guide patients byproviding support and direction toimplement lifestyle changes suchas weight loss, managing stress andanxiety, and increasing activity.
Nancy Tolonen started the programafter several health problems,including congestive heart failure.
She wanted to learn to eat better
and lose weight. “I was ready to
make a change. I had reached the
point where I could see there wasn’t
a very bright future ahead. I hadn’t
left my house in months. The Health
Improvement Program gave me a
reason to go out and feel better.”
With the support of Highland
PCN’s health team, patients choose
group classes about the importance
of sleep, managing stress, mental
wellness, self-acceptance, goal
setting, healthy eating and
Tolonen signed up for a MindfulEating class and soon lost 14. 5 kg( 32 lb.). “My mobility has reallyimproved. It’s been great, gettingout and speaking with other peoplegoing through the same thing,” shesays. “You realize you’re not alone.”Tolonen also meets regularly witha registered nurse. “I need to beaccountable to someone,” she says.
“So I weigh in, and we set goals. Just
knowing you have to check in
is good motivation.”
Sleeping better is also a big win
for Tolonen. Since her weight
loss, she no longer needs a CPAP
machine, a device to treat sleep
apnea that delivers constant air
pressure while you sleep.
“I used to wake up with no energyand struggle to do anything. NowI look forward to getting up. I’vechanged my outlook on everything.Everyone at the program is like mycheerleader. I can’t stress enoughwhat a fantastic program it is. Andit’s available right in our community.”
The Health Improvement
Program is by physician or
health team referral within the
Highland PCN, (587) 287-1727.