The Healthy Lifestyles Program at UnityPoint Clinic - Weight Loss at West Des Moines is designed to help people feel better and live the life they've always imagined. The supportive program structure provides patients with a comprehensive approach to weight loss focused on long-term results.
The Healthy Lifestyles team can help if you are interested in weight loss and learning healthier life habits. The team includes a nurse practitioner, dietician, exercise physiologist, and mental health counselor. We work with patients to help them achieve better health, well -being, and management of ongoing health conditions.
Patients meet with the nurse practitioner, registered dietitian, or exercise physiologist on a regular basis to monitor weight loss progress. Objective and behavioral markers are recorded at each visit to measure patient progress and program outcomes. Our health specialists work collaboratively to help the patient define weight loss goals and make necessary changes to achieve them.
Obesity is currently the largest contributor to preventable death in the United States. In Iowa, obesity affects one person in three. Obesity significantly raises a patient's risk for diabetes, coronary artery disease, hypertension, sleep apnea, arthritis, infertility and erectile dysfunction as well as breast, colon and pancreatic cancers.
70 percent of all diabetes cases are related to obesity, and diabetes affects one person in ten. Diabetes prevention programs have shown that intensive lifestyle counseling to improve diet and exercise behavior can decrease diabetes risk in half.
Who Will Benefit from the Healthy Lifestyles Program?
If you're overweight, want to feel better, and live a full life, the Healthy Lifestyles Program can help. By working with us to lose weight, you can eat better, be more active, live a healthier life, and lower your chances of having:
- High blood pressure or high cholesterol
- Joint or back pain
- Sleep apnea (irregular nighttime breathing)
- Metabolic syndrome (many problems with your metabolism)
For more information about the Healthy Lifestyles Program, please call UnityPoint Clinic - Weight Loss at West Des Moines, 515-241-2250, or visit i can lose.com. You will find the Healthy Lifestyles Program link in the first item in the left side navigation bar.