Registration is now underway for the upcoming 6 Weeks to a Healthier You program, which will take place April 15-May 20 at the Lynnwood Convention Center.
Participants will learn how improve health habits and manage stress.
Lorrie Hermanson recalls a time when getting to her desk at work, on the third floor of a building with no elevator, was a challenge. She had let her health slip, and she was limiting herself from living the life she wanted.
“I knew what I needed to do, but doing it was another story,” Lorrie, 58, recalls.
She credits the 6 Weeks to a Healthier You with Joe Piscatella program as a catalyst in helping her turn her health around. Two years later and 150 pounds lighter, the trip up the stairs in the morning is no longer the struggle it once was.
“The information was so good and informative,” she said. “It was a launching pad for me to make life changes. It gave me the motivation, and something just clicked, where it made sense.”
Registration for the 6 Weeks to a Healthier You with Joe Piscatella is currently open through March 30. Piscatella, a best-selling author and speaker on healthy lifestyles, facilitates the program.
Participants will begin learning about healthy eating, cooking, exercise, stress management and family support. The program runs every Tuesday for six consecutive weeks from 6:30-8 p.m., ending on May 20. It will focus on practical education, awareness and empowering individuals to make positive behavior changes, with a sprinkle of humor.
In addition to the six sessions, the program includes biometric health screenings, which are done once before the first session and then again around session five, so that participants can know their numbers. The screenings will be done at Swedish/Edmonds by hospital staff and nurses, and the results help participants better gauge their overall health at the beginning of the program and again at the end.
“Many of the people who have been through the program the past two years have seen improvements in their health and been able to sustain those changes,” said Carl Zapora, superintendent of the Verdant Health Commission, which coordinates the program. “We’re thrilled with those results, and we hope even more people in our community will benefit from Joe’s insights and practical tips by signing up for the program this year.”
Joe Piscatella himself knows how hard it can be to improve your health. At 32 years of age, he underwent cardiac bypass surgery and was told he may not live to see his children graduate from high school. In the 36 years since, Piscatella has turned around his health through a balanced approach to food, fitness and stress management, and he will be sharing his tips and what he’s learned this spring.
“This program is about giving you the tools to make healthy changes for a lifetime…once and for all,” Piscatella said. “I stress the importance of each day being a fresh start, when we all have a chance to make good choices. Signing up for this program could be an important first step.”
The program fee is $49 per person, however, the value of the biometric screenings alone is $100. Scholarships are available, and groups of 10 or more can receive a discounted rate. Complimentary on-site childcare is also provided by the YMCA of Snohomish County and the Dale Turner Family YMCA. To register or learn more about the program, visit verdanthealth.org or call 425-582-8600. Free, on-site childcare and scholarships are available.