St. Joseph's offers 'Nutrition for Life' - Catholic Courier

St. Joseph’s offers ‘Nutrition for Life’

St. Joseph’s Hospital, Elmira, is offering a six-week weight-management program, “Nutrition for Life,” beginning Sept. 15.

The program will take place each Wednesday from 5-6 p.m. in the hospital’s Cusick Meeting Room. Attendance is required at all six classes. In addition to the classes, “Nutrition for Life” offers four individual counseling sessions and one additional discussion with a registered dietician.

“Our program is basically a weight-management, behavior-change and lifestyle-modification program designed to promote long-term weight-management success,” said Anthony Patricelli, the hospital’s associate director of food and nutrition, who teaches the program.

Patricelli noted that benefits of losing excess weight include reduced blood pressure; lowering cholesterol levels; reducing blood glucose; lowering risk of such chronic diseases as diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers; increasing mobility; and increasing self-esteem.

Participants may register, or have their physicians register them, by calling 607/733-6541, ext. 333, between 8 a.m. and noon weekdays. At least part of the cost may be covered by health-insurance reimbursement.

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