As I sit here trying to write this week’s blog (apparently it’s my turn) I wonder how a person who dislikes writing is partnered with someone who loves writing and who thought creating a weekly blog was a good idea!
I find writing difficult and am usually better at explaining things in person but I will persevere.
This week I want to talk about my “wellness program”. This is something that falls neatly in with our holistic approach to health.
The “wellness program” is something I have developed over many years and used to assist a number of people, including myself, in creating a healthy weight and way of life.
We all hear about diets and weight loss and the connection between food and emotions… the comfort eating thing. There are plenty of diet programs, medications and surgical interventions out there. I often hear people say things like “that diet didn’t work” or “I lost weight and then gained again”. These are things I’ve said myself! Until about 15 years ago when I was part of a study on weight loss (see: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/landia/article/PIIS2213-8587(14)70200-1/fulltext ) I was a participant in this very well supported study, there were psychologists, nutritionists, physicians, dieticians etc. During this process I created my own resource that, other than having a few slip ups, I have used to maintain my weight for most of the last 15 years. This was the foundation for my “wellness program”.
I am not the person to give diet related guidance however I will happily refer you to a dietician or nutritionist if you need this support. The program I run is not just about weight. It is about learning to create a healthy approach to food/drink and eating. The program includes working on mental health, physical health, pain management, sleep, medication management, weight monitoring and general health monitoring. There are no special drinks, or gimmicks, this is about support in helping your create your healthiest life.
The program starts with an initial session where goals are identified and pathology tests are completed, to ensure there are no clinical issues. This is followed by weekly sessions at the clinic. During each session time is taken to look at your week’s journal and a physical assessment is completed.
One benefit of this program is that it is bulk billed and there are no hidden costs. The program runs for as long as you need it. There is no time limit. Generally I have found that the habits are formed after about 3 months, however everyone is different. There are currently a number of people attending the clinic weekly, who are feeling the benefit of having the program support.
With all the negativity out there this program is designed to support and promote a healthy life and lifestyle. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment with me or speak with Carol about the program to get the support to become your healthiest you! You can make an appointment via our website www.phillipislandhealth.com.au, our facebook page or the Hotdoc app which is easily downloaded.
By Mel Rose, Nurse Practitioner.