The term metabolic syndrome has been used by medical professionals for less than
20 years. But millions of Americans have the condition, according to the American Heart Association. Metabolic syndrome itself is not a disease but a group of risk factors that combine to double your risk of heart disease or stroke—and increase your risk of diabetes five times.
The good news is that metabolic syndrome can be controlled, largely with changes to your lifestyle. If your doctor has told you that you should work on your blood sugar, waist size, cholesterol, blood pressure or stress management, Grundy County Memorial Hospital’s new Metabolic Syndrome Prevention program is for you!
“Research has given us a better way to pinpoint health conditions that lead to chronic illness like diabetes and heart disease—and delaying or preventing disease is possible,” says Brandy Tripp, RN, cardiac rehabilitation coordinator. “This program helps you to adopt lifestyle changes that can reverse your numbers and your risk for metabolic syndrome.”
Along with dietitian/nutritionist Crystal Petersen, Tripp will lead the new prevention course.
“Healthy, happy and disease-free is the goal for all of us as we age!” says Tripp.
The program begins with a free, no obligation preview session on Monday, Jan. 29, at 5:30 p.m. Weekly classes will include:
- Personalized consultation with a dietitian/nurse for goal setting, including wellness labs and bio-metric measurement.
- Interactive learning and individualized exercise planning—topics include navigating the grocery store, dining out, quick and easy meal prep, interval training, strength training, managing stress, relaxation techniques, problem solving, and more.
- Post-program individual consultation, including wellness labs, bio-metric measurements, review of progress and planning for ongoing support.
- Free Grundy Family YMCA membership during the program, followed by a discounted monthly membership until year end.