Steps to Better Health assists African American US born minority populations, recently diagnosed with obesity, diabetes or another chronic illness change and augment lifestyle habits such as nutrition and exercise routines while simultaneously improving mental health issues. The 16 week program includes nurse visits to assess biometric improvements and weekly lessons on proper nutrition, the importance of regular exercise, motivation techniques and the effects of a healthier lifestyle on both mental and physical health.
Typical nutrition topics include eating more fresh produce, increasing fiber intake, understanding carbohydrates, getting enough calcium, nutrition label reading, eating for nutrition, body awareness, and avoiding hidden sugars.
In order to emphasize the importance of physical exercise, participants are given a pedometer to encourage establishment of a regular walking routine and to help with motivation to obtain a certain amount of daily steps. As they approach completion of the program, participants are given a gift card and their therapist takes them on a grocery store tour to learn how to shop for healthier foods.
The therapists focus on self-care and stress reduction to help improve anxiety and/or depression symptoms that may be experienced as a result of, or in addition to, dealing with severe health problems. As consumers prepare for discharge from the program, the therapist discusses ways to sustain the new lifestyle changes independently after program completion. A follow up visit after 30 days determines if they were able to apply what they learned to life after the program and sustain any changes made.
*This program is generously funded by the Mental Health Board of Saint Louis and is available only to City residents who are 45 years of age and older and struggle with both physical and mental challenges to obtaining better health.
Additional project under the program focuses on assisting Saint Louis city newest population – Limited English Proficient – who feel overwhelmed and confused by the intricate system of medical care. By focusing our efforts on assisting refugees and immigrants in understanding medical doctors’ orders, feeling empowered to ask questions, learning how to schedule transportation, keep appointments and requesting professional interpreters, we empower project participants to seek timely care, share responsibility in communication with medical providers and seek timely treatment for health related concerns responsibly.
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