RENEW Healthy Lifestyle Solutions
Obesity. It’s a concern for most Americans. In fact, the 1999-2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey suggested that 65 percent of U.S. adults are overweight or obese.
Besides being a serious health condition, obesity leads to a number of other health conditions, including diabetes and heart disease, and premature death. While most people know they have a problem, they don’t know how to fix it.
“People are worried about their weight,” said Beth Lyons, Ph.D., licensed psychologist. “But they are confused about what they should eat and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. So they end up falling back to the traditional American diet, which is unhealthy.”
The RENEW Program
Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women has partnered with a registered nurse, an exercise physiologist and Dr. Lyons to help address obesity and compulsive overeating in Memphis, Tenn. Their solution is unique.
“The Baptist program considers emotional and physical factors – the whole mind-body connection,” Lyons said. “In Memphis, I’m not aware of anyone else addressing this issue from the body-mind connection and putting it at the center of a program.”
Baptist’s program, RENEW: Healthy Lifestyle Solutions, is a 12-week program that helps patients deal with the interpersonal, emotional and lifestyle issues that often result in obesity.
“People who are overweight tend to be people-pleasers, consensus-seekers,” Lyons said. “They don’t know how to put themselves first.”
The RENEW program helps participants with these and other issues through weekly sessions. Other issues addressed include goal-setting, nutrition, increasing physical activity, conflict resolution, developing a support network and relapse prevention.
“This is a comprehensive program – it’s not just a diet program – so people can take better care of themselves,” Lyons said. “We’re addressing eating issues, body-image and self-care issues.”
Participants in the program will be armed with tools to help them break through barriers/stumbling blocks to a healthier lifestyle. A manual is distributed at the start of the program to help get participants on their way. Throughout the program, their progress is monitored.
“Participants’ issues won’t get resolved in 12 weeks, but they should be well on their way,” Lyons said. When asked what participants should expect to get from the program, Lyons said, “They should feel empowered to take care of themselves.” That could be the key to a real solution to the American obesity epidemic.
Participating in the Program
Classes are limited to 12 participants at a time, and the cost is $750. Obese adults at least 50 pounds overweight are eligible for the program.
For more information about the program or participation criteria, please call 901-227-9133.
RENEW is funded by the Tennessee Department of Health.