We, along with our partner organizations throughout Muskegon, Oceana and Ottawa Counties offer evidenced-based health programs, which means that they have been tested and proven to work in real-world settings. If you want to develop healthy eating habits, learn how to manage a chronic illness or prevent falls, we have the program for you. For questions or more information about any of these programs, please contact Amy Florea, Community Service Director at 231-733-3519 or [email protected]
Fit & Strong
Matter of Balance
PATH (Personal Action Toward Health)
The exercise program will help you:
Exercise Classes – Led by a certified instructor, the classes may be taken either standing or sitting. The simple routines are easy to replicate at home. Classes meet for one hour, two to three times per week for eight weeks and are designed to be relaxing and enjoyable.
Fit and Strong! combines flexibility, strength training and aerobic walking with health education for sustained behavior change among older adults with lower extremity osteoarthritis (OA). Fit & Strong! works with providers across the country to deliver an eight-week program that improves lower extremity stiffness, lower extremity pain, lower extremity strength, aerobic capacity, participation in exercise and caloric expenditure, and self-efficacy for exercise.
The Diabetes Self-Management workshop is given 2½ hours once a week for six weeks.
This workshop focuses on the specific needs of those living with diabetes. Subjects covered include: 1) techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration; 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance; 3) healthy eating; 4) appropriate use of medication; and 5) working more effectively with health care providers. Participants will make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program.
A Matter of Balance emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. This is an eight-session course led by two trained instructors, and workshops are interactive. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors and exercise to increase strength and balance.
The PATH program is designed to help people gain self-confidence in their ability to control their symptoms and how their health problems affect their lives. Small group, highly interactive workshops are six weeks long, meeting once a week for 2 ½ hours, and are facilitated by a pair of leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with a chronic disease themselves.