Healthy for Life: Programs to Promote Health and Wellness
Below are Community Education and Wellness programs offered through Westerly Hospital.
For a list of programs offered through Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, click here.
New Cardiac Risk Factor Reduction Program
Westerly Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department is offering a new 12-session Cardiac Risk Factor Reduction Program open to adults of all ages and fitness levels. The program includes risk factor identification as well as individualized exercise sessions created by exercise physiologists with blood pressure monitoring, and education on cardiac risk factors including cholesterol, stress management, and weight loss. The program is facilitated by masters-prepared exercise physiologists Michaela Nardone, MS and Julie Oakley, MS, and Judy Serra, RN, all who are certified in CPR and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
Criteria to be eligible for the program include one of the following risk factors: high blood pressure, diabetes, overweight/obesity, stress, family history of heart disease, sedentary lifestyle, and smoking. A physician referral is required in order to be eligible for the program. The program is not covered by insurance. Benefits from the program may include reduced cholesterol and blood pressure, improved control of blood glucose and quality of sleep, weight loss, increased flexibility and reduced shortness of breath.
The cost for the program is $90 for 12, one-hour sessions ($7.50 per session) which held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 – 3:00 p.m. at the Morgan Medical Building, Suite 101, located at 45 Wells Street in Westerly.
For more information about the program, contact Julie Oakley at 401-348-3793 or email@example.com.
Managing Your Diabetes Program
Westerly Hospital will be offering a comprehensive, five-week course beginning in February to help patients gain practical knowledge and skills needed to manage diabetes successfully. The course will be conducted by a multidisciplinary team of dieticians, nurses, and pharmacists of Westerly Hospital who are all Certified Diabetes Outpatient Educators (CDOE). The Hospital’s diabetes program recently became accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators, ensuring the program meets and maintains high standards of care.
The course will cover the fundamentals of nutritional management, label reading, meal planning options, guidelines for eating out and special occasions, glucose monitoring, medication management, insulin treatment and administration, sick-day care, foot care, exercise, stress management, and preventing complications. With a physician’s referral, many health insurers cover the cost of these sessions. Please check with your insurance provider to be sure Diabetes Self-Management Education is a covered benefit for your plan.
Classes will be held for five consecutive Thursdays beginning February 27 and ending March 27 from 5:30-7:30 pm in the hospital’s Henry J. Nardone Conference Center. Class size is limited. For more information and to register, please call Westerly Hospital’s Diabetes Clinic at 401-348-3533 or 800-933-5960 extension 3533, or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to this group course, Westerly Hospital offers individual, one-on-one instruction with a Certified Diabetes Outpatient Educator which is available by appointment by calling 401-348-3533 or 800-933-5960 extension 3533.
Westerly Hospital also offers a free monthly diabetes support group which meets the first Wednesday of every month from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Hospital’s Henry J. Nardone Conference Center. Facilitated by Herb Nieburg, PhD, Psychologist and Mark Rogers, PharmD, CDOE, Clinical Pharmacist for Westerly Hospital. For information or questions on the support group, call The Westerly Hospital’s Diabetes Clinic at 401-348-3533 or 800-933-5960 extension 3533.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
Westerly Hospital offers a Pulmonary Rehab Program and exercise maintenance program in the Morgan Building Suite 101 at 45 Wells Street, Westerly. The program provides patients with education on lung disease process and management as well as a monitored exercise program provided by Respiratory Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Occupational Therapy assistants. For more information, call 401-348-3490.
StrongWomen Exercise Program
Westerly Hospital’s StrongWomen program is a supervised, moderate-intensity exercise program for women, mid-life and older. This safe, simple, fun and effective six-week program helps improve muscle strength, balance, and bone density. The program also includes general nutrition information for bone loss prevention and general well-being.
Hospital staff, from cardiac rehabilitation and physical therapy, are specially trained as StrongWomen Program Leaders to ensure that you get a safe and effective exercise program.
Classes meet for one hour, two times per week. Cost is $48 per six-week session. Call 401-348-3882 for information on upcoming classes and specific times offered.