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Cardiac RehabThe certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Lenoir Memorial Hospital provides people who have heart disease with a medically monitored exercise program. If you have heart disease, talk to your doctor about joining the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Lenoir Memorial. Physician referral into the program is required.

Cardiac Rehabilitation is a comprehensive program designed to help patients with heart disease recover faster and return to full and productiveCardiac Rehablives. The program typically lasts 36 sessions. Our Cardiac Rehabilitation staff is composed of highly trained specialists from several health care fields. These include medicine, exercise therapy, nursing, nutrition, psychology, and vocational rehabilitation. A total rehabilitation experience is planned for each participant considering diet and nutrition, stress management, weight control, job demands, and physical conditioning needs. The program helps patients adopt "heart healthy lifestyle behaviors." Our exercise specialist will develop a personal exercise prescription based on your stress exercise test and physical abilities.

This program meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the Wellness Center, located on the lower level of the hospital. There are three monitored group exercise sessions offered. The first session is from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; the second meets from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.; and the third session meets from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Regular attendance is essential to build the desired cardiovascular fitness. Our sessions are patterned with:

  • 10 minutes of Stretch and Flex Exercises
  • 30 minutes of Aerobic Conditioning  
  • 10 minutes of Cool Down Activities
  • 10 minutes of Relaxation or Education

Walking is the primary aerobic conditioning activity chosen. As your physical condition allows, the treadmill, rowing machine and PreCor may be used to achieve aerobic conditioning. Stationary bicycles, arm ergometers, or NuSteps may be used by people unable to walk for extended periods. Your progress is monitored daily with re-evaluations conducted at 3 and 12 months after you enter the program. The length of time you will participate in the program will vary with your individual needs. Typically, most people exercise in the program for several months to one year. To enhance the rehabilitation process and to increase your knowledge of heart disease and its prevention, you and your family are encouraged to join our Heart To Heart Cardiac Support Group that meets monthly September to May. The expenses of this program are usually paid by major health insurance companies. Many plans pay for all or significant parts of the program costs. Certified under the auspices of DHSR and AACPVR. Please contact Lisa Alphin at 252-522-7009 for more information.

 

 

 
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UNC Lenoir Health Care Performs First Weight Loss Surgery

In January of 2017, UNC Lenoir Health Care launched a new service line for weight management.  The service includes medical and surgical options for weight loss and each component comes with medical supervision, nutrition counseling, and lifestyle counseling. The program is led by Dr. Charles Moore and Dr. Joel Rose.  Moore specializes in advanced laparoscopic surgery and bariatric surgery. He attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for his medical degree and completed his residency there as well. Moore is Board Certified by the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons.  Rose specializes in advanced gastrointestinal, minimally invasive and bariatric surgery.  He attended the University of Connecticut School Of Medicine, and completed his surgical residency at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine. He completed a bariatric fellowship program at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Rose is board certified by the American College of Surgery.

Obesity is associated with a 50-100% increased risk of premature death compared to healthy weight individuals.  There is a greater risk of several cancers as well as diabetes and hypertension for obese people.  Medical options include a comprehensive, physician-monitored weight loss program called Optifast, for patients who prefer a non-surgical method of weight loss. The 12-week Optifast Program offers 4-5 weeks of nutritionally dense full meal replacements to initiate weight loss.  Patients are seen for weekly one-on-one coaching sessions with a registered dietitian and bimonthly visits with a physician.  Patients are provided with personalized guidance from an exercise specialist and are offered health coaching sessions as well as bimonthly group support sessions.  Lifelong support and guidance is available after the 12 week program completion.  We also offer weight management medical nutrition therapy with a dietitian for patients that are interested in other ways to lose or manage their weight.

For patients who prefer and are found appropriate for a surgical remedy, bariatric surgery has been shown to be the most effective and durable treatment for morbid obesity.  The mortality rate with bariatric surgery is about 0.1% less than gallbladder (0.7%) and hip replacement (0.93%) surgery.  The clinical evidence shows risks of morbid obesity outweigh risks of bariatric surgery and patients may lose as much as 60% of excess weight six months after surgery, and 77% of excess weight as early as 12 months after surgery.

UNC Lenoir Health Care spent the last 18-24 months researching the possibility of bringing a weight loss program to this area and found it to be a needed service in eastern North Carolina.  This program was designed to offer participants the highest level of success potential through coaching and medical monitoring.  There is substantial, long-term physician supervision that is unusual in weight loss programs.  Patients of the UNC Lenoir Health Care Weight Loss Program can expect to be followed by their physician for the rest of their lives.

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New Weight Loss Program Offers Bariatric Surgery Option

UNC Lenoir Health Care has launched a new Weight Loss Management Program offering medical and surgical weight loss options which are administered by our experienced multidisciplinary weight loss management tea, and offer an individualized approach to weight loss. Medical options include the Optifast program which consists of full meal replacements with a transition to partial meal replacements. Within our surgical program, led by our highly skilled bariatric trained surgeons, we offer the gastric sleeve surgery and gastric bypass, both through a minimally-invasive approach allowing for a shorter recovery period. The program incorporates exercise, health coaching, and support groups into both sides of the program to provide patients with all the tools they need for success. Call 252-522-7168 for more information.

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Wound Care Now Available at UNC Lenoir

Wound Care services are now available on the 5th floor at UNC Lenoir Health Care. The center, managed by a Healogics, a leader in wound care services, recently installed 2 hyperbaric chambers to aid in the wound healing process. Some wounds require specialists to optimize the potential for healing and those services are now available at UNC Lenoir Health Care.  Chronic and non-healing wounds are defined as wounds that have not significantly improved with traditional therapies.  When wounds persist a specialized approach is often called for and the UNC Lenoir Health Care Wound Care Center offers those services.  Physician referrals as well as self-referrals are welcome.

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Lung Cancer Screenings available at UNC Lenoir Health Care

Do you have a history of smoking? If so you may qualify for a lung cancer screening.  Qualified candidates have a history of heavy cigarette smoking; smoked now or have quit in the last 15 years; are between 55-77 and show no symptoms of lung cancer. A physician referral is required.  Ask you physician if a low dose computer tomography lung cancer screening is right for you. For more information visit our wellness website at www.lenoirwellness.org

 

 

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HealthLink - Fall 2016

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HealthyLife Weigh - November 2017

This weight management program focuses on weight loss goals supported by healthier nutrition practices and increased physical activity.  It is ideal for the individual needing to lose 10-40 pounds, and at a stage of readiness where lifestyle changes can be made.  Nutrition education is delivered in a 4 week program led by registered dietitian and focuses on the necessary formula for permanent weight loss: balancing calorie intake from food and calorie output through physical activity.  We will assist you in making permanent lifestyle changes to help you get to and stay at a healthy body weight.  This is not a diet but a new way of incorporating positive eating and activity habits.  Each series consists of 4 classes and attendance at all 4 classes is necessary for full benefit.

  • Class #1: Get the Ball Rolling - portion distortion, meal plans, tracking
  • Class #2: More or Less - nutrients to increase & decrease
  • Class #3: Smart Choices - grocery shopping, recipe makeovers
  • Class #4: Mind over Matter - emotional eating, slips & staying on track

Participants will receive two months membership in the Minges Wellness Center with an individual exercise plan developed with an exercise specialist.  Required registration for each session may be completed by calling the Minges Wellness Center at 252-522-7014.  Cost $150 due at registration.

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HealthyLife Weigh - October 2017

This weight management program focuses on weight loss goals supported by healthier nutrition practices and increased physical activity.  It is ideal for the individual needing to lose 10-40 pounds, and at a state of readiness where lifestyle changes can be made.  Nutrition education is delivered in a 4 week program led by a registered dietitian and focuses on the necessary formula for permanent weight loss: balancing calorie intake from food and calorie output through physical activity.  We will assist you in making permanent lifestyle changes to help you get to and stay at a healthy body weight.  This is not a diet but a new way of incorporating positive eating and activity habits. Each series consists of 4 classes, and attendance at all 4 classes is necessary for full benefit.

  • Class #1: Get the Ball Rolling - portion distortion, meal plans, tracking
  • Class #2: More or Less - nutrients to increase and decrease
  • Class #3: Smart Choices - grocery shopping, recipe makeovers
  • Class #4: Mind over Matter - emotional eating, slips & staying on track

Participants will receive two months membership in the Minges Wellness Center with an individual exercise paln developed with an exercise specialist.  Required registration for each session may be completed by calling 252-522-7014.  Cost $150 at registration.

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HealthyLife Weigh - September 2017

This weight management program focuses on weight loss goals supported by healthier nutrition practices and increased physical activity.  It is ideal for the individual needing to lose 1-40 pounds, and at a stage of readiness where lifestyle changes can be made.  Nutrition education is delivered in a 4 week program led by a registered dietitian and focuses on the necessary formula for permanent weight loss: balancing calorie intake from food and calorie output through physical activity.  We will assist you in making permanent lifestyle changes to help you get to and stay at a healthy body weight. This is not a diet but a new way of incorporating positive eating and activity habits.  Each series consists of 4 classes, and attendance at all 4 classes is necessary for full benefit.

  • Class #1: Get the ball rolling - portion distortion, meal plans, tracking
  • Class #2: More or Less - nutrients to increase and decrease
  • Class #3: Smart Choices - grocery shopping, recipe makeovers, eating out
  • Class #4: Mind over Matter - emotional eating, slips and staying on track

Participants will receive two months membership in the Minges Wellness Center with an individual exercise plan developed with an exercise specialist.  Required registration for each session may be completed by calling 252-522-7014.  Cost is $150 at registration.

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HealthyLife Weigh - August 2017

This weight management program focuses on weight loss goals supported by healthier nutrition practices and increased physical activity.  It is ideal for the individual needing to lose 10-40 pounds, and at a state of readiness where lifestyle changes can be made.  Nutrition education is delivered in a 4 week program led my registered dietitian and focuses on the necessary formula for permanent weight loss:  balancing calories intake from food and calorie output through physical activity.  We will assist you in making permanent lifestyle changes to help you get to and stay at a healthy weight.  This is not a diet but a new way of incorporating positive eating and activity habits. Each series consists of 4 classes and attendance at all 4 classes in necessary for complete benefit.

  • Class #1: Get the ball rolling - portion distortion, meal plans, tracking
  • Class #2: More or Less - nutrients to increase & decrease
  • Class #3: Smart Choices - grocery shopping, recipe makeovers
  • Class #4: Mind over Matter - emotional eating, slips & staying on track

Participants will receive two months membership in the Minges Wellness Center with an individual exercise plan developed with an exercise specialist.  Required registration for each session may be completed by calling the Minges Wellness Center at 252-522-7014.  Cost is $150 at registration.

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HealthyLife Weigh - July 2017

This weight management program focuses on weight loss goals supported by healthier nutrition practices and increased physical activity.  It is ideal for the individual needing to lose 10-40 pounds, and at a stage of readiness where lifestyle changes can be made.  Nutrition education is delivered in a 4 week program led by a registered dietitian and focuses on the necessary formula for permanent weight loss: balancing calories intake from food and calorie output through physical activity.  We will assist you in making permanent lifestyle changes to help you get to and stay at a healthy body weight.  This is not a diet but a new way of incorporating positive eating and activity habits.  Each series consists of 4 classes, and attendance at all 4 classes is necessary for full benefit.

  • Class #1: Get the Ball Rolling - portion distortion, meal plans, tracking
  • Class #2: More or Less- nutrients to increase & decrease
  • Class #3: Smart Choices - grocery shopping, recipe makeovers, eating out
  • Class #4: Mind over Matter - emotional eating, slips & staying on track

Participants will receive two months membership in the Minges Wellness Center with an individual exercise plan developed with an exercise specialist.  Required registration for each session may be completed by calling the Minges Wellness Center at 252-522-7014.  Cost $150 at registration.

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