BOSTON - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has launched a program to help patients "Live Well" by adding individually tailored exercise, health behavior and diet regimens to traditional medical care as tools physicians and patients can use to manage chronic illness.
BIDMC is expanding its definition of medical care to include the sciences of exercise, nutrition and behavior in an integrated format. The Be Well Tanger Center for Health Management has taken steps to "translate research into practice" by transforming the Woody Tanger BeWell! Center has created an outpatient clinic with state-of-the-art exercise equipment and education facilities.
The Live Well program will let participants receive exercise and diet "prescriptions" from their physicians at BIDMC to "fill" at the center that will enable them to take greater control over their own health and well-being.
The initial program - entitled Healthy Weight Self-Management - will focus on moderately to severely obese individuals, including bariatric surgery candidates. They will participate in a three-month integrated program of group exercise, nutrition and behavior skills training to prepare for surgery and what lies beyond - or potentially serve as an alternative. The patients will then take part in specially tailored group exercise, nutrition education, stress management, behavior skills training, and support groups for months following surgery.
When participants are ready, the program will connect patients with a selected community location or set them up at home to continue their exercise program.
Participants will stay connected to the Healthy Weight Self-Management's multidisciplinary team via telephone, e-mail and the Web to receive the support needed for successful, long-term weight maintenance.
Live Well also provides a specific program for injured employees seeking to return to work. Future program plans include tailoring self-management regimens to patients with chronic conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and lupus.