Free First Appointment – Lake County Promoting Health in New Year

By on November 19, 2013
Lake County Health Department

Health Works Lake County, a low-cost nutrition education and counseling program, is seeking to help individuals get ahead of holiday season weight gain by offering a free first appointment starting in November.  This offer is open to Lake County residents and those in the surrounding counties. Follow-up appointments are based on a sliding fee scale in order to make it affordable for all.  In addition, Medicaid is now also accepted for those who qualify. The main goals of Health Works Lake County are to promote healthy eating and regular exercise in order to maintain or achieve a healthy lifestyle, and to encourage healthy behaviors that can be maintained through all stages of life.  Participants of Health Works can be families or individuals – anyone who is looking to improve their health through nutrition and physical activity.

Deputy Health Commissioner Ron Graham stated, “We are here to help and no one will be turned away from our services because of cost.  The first step in leading a healthier lifestyle starts with calling our office.”  Kathy Milo, Supervisor for Health Promotion and Planning at LCGHD added, “Whether you have many questions or just one, Health Works can point you toward the right resources and can refer you to other community programs or services as needed.”

Services and benefits of being a part of Health Works Lake County include:

  • A nutrition intake assessment;
  • Tailored nutrition education and counseling;
  • Optional in-office “cupboard cleanse” or grocery store tour;
  • Guidance on how to start being physically active;
  • Free education materials and resources;
  • Free access to Vitabot, an online meal tracker and planner;
  • Help in creating long-term and short-term health goals;
  • Incentive items to keep you motivated as you make progress; and
  • Ongoing support via follow-up emails, phone calls or appointments.

According to a study from the National Institutes of Health, holiday season weight gain is no myth.  Cori Kitaura, Registered Dietitian with the program commented, “Don’t wait until the New Year to start a healthy lifestyle.  Get ahead and start now by joining!”  Whether you are interested in weight management, diabetes, vegetarianism, or other health topics, Health Works can help you out.  Appointments are held at the Lake County General Health District, located at 33 Mill Street, Painesville, Ohio 44077.  For more information on Health Works Lake County, or to schedule an appointment, email Cori Kitaura at ckitaura@lcghd.org or call (440) 350-2875.

Health Works was created in 2012 under the Lake County Healthy Lifestyle Initiative in response to the 2011 Lake County Community Health Assessment, in which adult obesity and childhood obesity were reported as the 1st and 3rd top concerns of Lake County residents.

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