JOURNEY TO HEALTH: A WELLNESS PROGRAM DESIGNED TO EDUCATE, GUIDE, AND ENCOURAGE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Made possible by a grant from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation.
WHAT IS JOURNEY TO HEALTH
The Journey to Health (J2H) program exists to help patients improve their overall health and reduce risk factors that can lead to health problems. Faith Family Medical Center patients are invited to take a deeper look at their health and wellness goals by participating in the J2H program. This is a free program that is exclusively available to Faith Family Medical Center patients and their immediate family or supportive friend. We provide guidance for healthy behaviors through incentives and active participation in group settings. We partner with patients to help change lifestyle habits that naturally lead to a better quality of life.
The journey begins with an initial health assessment. After the health assessment, patients will attend weekly classes covering a wide range of health topics. Patients will learn nutrition, exercise, stress management, and will even learn to grow nutritious fruits and vegetables in the community garden.
DID YOU KNOW?
87% of health care claims are the result of poor lifestyle choices. J2H gives you the tools to make good choices and be healthier.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Step One: Schedule a one-on-one health assessment with our registered dietitian and health educator Beth Allen. Beth has over 30 years of experience helping patients get healthy.
To schedule your appointment with Beth Allen, please call (615) 649-3040 to make an appointment or email Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first visit will take about an hour. During this meeting with Beth, you will learn about the J2H program, discuss expectations and decide on a set of realistic goals tailored to your individual needs. This first meeting can be done in a group or individual setting.
Step Two: After the initial assessment, patients will participate in a once a week class for six weeks. Class topics include: Nutrition, Stress Management, Behavior Change, Grocery Store Tour, and Intro to Fitness and Disease Management. Each class is approximately 90 minutes long and the class schedules will varies month to month to accommodate busy schedules.
Step Three: Your journey doesn’t stop after the six week course is over. The J2H program is available for support and encouragement as you continue on your journey to a healthy lifestyle. You are invited to attend future classes. In addition to classes, we offer monthly fellowship meetings to learn about current nutrition and wellness topics. Snacks are provided at these monthly meetings!
In April 2013, Faith Family Medical Center planted a Community Garden that has turned into something truly special for our patients and their families. Many patients help plant the garden each season and they continue to help maintain and care for it throughout the year. The Community Garden teaches patients how to plant a cost effective garden of their own and how to prepare healthy foods. The garden is used for educational classes aimed at improving nutrition among patients participating in the wellness program at Faith Family Medical Center called Journey to Health.
The 1,700 square foot garden includes two 4’ x 8’ wheelchair accessible raised planters with seating, four additional planters, a compost bin, trellises for climbing vegetables and fruits, an additional seating area, and an outdoor kitchen.
The garden was designed by award-winning Nashville landscape designer Gardens of Babylon. To date, the garden has grown over 40 varieties of herbs and vegetables in the 6 garden beds that are rotated through 3 planting seasons per year: Spring/Summer/Fall. This gives patients a chance to see how a garden can transform throughout the seasons and produce a harvest nearly 12 months a year.
The initial project materials, labor and plantings are valued at $9,000 — half of which was donated by Gardens of Babylon. Additional funding for the garden was provided by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Tennessee, The State of Tennessee, and the Garden Club of Nashville.
WOMEN’S HEALTH INITIATIVE (WHI): A WELLNESS PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES WOMEN-FOCUSED CARE AND HEALTH EDUCATION
Made possible, in part, by a grant from The Greater Nashville Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.
The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) provides primary health care and education specific to women, including PAPs, breast exams, mammograms, blood pressure readings, and cholesterol tests. A key goal of the program is to increase education about breast self-awareness, screening guidelines, early detection services, and the importance of preventative self-care.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends biennial screening mammography for women ages 50-74 years.