What’s New at the Columbus Wellness Center
Living the best and healthiest life possible is hard for everyone. Columbus Community Hospital understands this challenge and is offering some new and exciting health and wellness programs at the Columbus Wellness Center for all ages.
Conducted by Columbus Community Hospital registered dietitians Joan Plummer, RD, LMNT, CDE and Susan Olmer, RD, LMNT, the new programs include: Food Thoughts, Food, Fitness and Fun: A Fit Kid’s Wellness program and healthy cooking classes.
These programs offer fun and educational opportunities that anyone can incorporate into their everyday life to help them achieve a healthier lifestyle.
“These programs offer the community healthy options,” Plummer said. “We are here to help the community with any questions or concerns they might have about nutrition or wellness. We understand it’s not easy, so these programs offer people opportunities they might not have previously had access to.”
The Food Thoughts program includes a series of free classes that give community members the opportunity to interact with a nutritional professional and get their health questions answered. No physician referral is needed.
Classes are held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a CCH dietitian to discuss nutrition-related topics. They are also available to answer questions following each discussion.
“They can ask us any health-related question,” Plummer said. “We are here to help.”
Columbus Community Hospital is also creating a new and healthy program for the community’s youth. For children, poor eating habits and inactivity are leading to extra weight gain and to what were once considered adult problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
This is why CCH dietitians created the Food, Fun, and Fitness: A Fit Kids Wellness program. It gives kids the opportunity to interact with a nutrition professional with the goal of fostering healthy lifestyle choices.
The program, which is geared toward children in grades one through six, is held every Monday from 4:15 to 5 p.m. It focuses on topics such as healthy snacks and meals, positive body image, healthy relationships with food, exercise and reducing screen time (video games, smartphones, etc.).
“We want to encourage kids to live healthier to prevent future problems when they get older,” Plummer said.
For those in the community who want to take charge of their health by preparing and eating healthier foods, Columbus Community Hospital is offering monthly healthy cooking classes. The classes, taught by CCH dietitians, allow participants to sharpen their culinary skills and spice up their dinner tables.
Plummer said people who cook more meals at home, as opposed to eating fast food, generally eat healthier.
Food class participants will learn how to create between 13 to 15 healthy and tasty recipes.
Plummer said the recipes are quick and the ingredients are simple, but have a huge amount of flavor. She said participants are encouraged to dive in and get their hands dirty and bring their new expertise home with them.
The healthy cooking classes are held on the third Tuesday of the month and pre-registration for the cooking class is $15.
“With all of the new programs, we are just trying new ways to improve the health of the communities we serve,” Plummer said.
To learn more about any of the new programs mentioned above, contact Joan Plummer at 402-562-4462, Susan Olmer at 402-562-4460 or visit www.columbushosp.org.