Center Supports Patients’ Healthy Lifestyle Changes

The URMC Center for Community Health has opened the doors to an initiative that supports patients who desire to make healthy changes and follow the advice of their physicians.

The new Healthy Living Center, located at 46 Prince St. in Rochester, offers group and individual lifestyle-change programs aimed at preventing diabetes, improving diet and nutrition, enhancing physical activity, increasing adherence to medications and reducing stress. The Center can also help patients who want to stop using tobacco or, if they don’t desire to quit, understand how tobacco use affects their health.

“The Healthy Living Center is designed to help address the gap between a person’s desire and their capacity to make meaningful and lasting changes that improve their health,” said Nancy M. Bennett, M.D., director of the Center for Community Health and professor of Medicine. “The barrier to change is not a lack of desire; people desperately want to change. Our goal is to help people get over that initial hump and maintain the changes they make.”

The Healthy Living Center includes meeting rooms, private consultation and exam rooms, a teaching kitchen, and a physical activity space. Patients enjoy free parking and access to other health information resources on site, such as the Healthy Living Library.

Physicians may refer patients for group and/or individual counseling for the following services:

  • The Diabetes Prevention Program, a lifestyle intervention program for people who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, offered on an individual basis or in small group sessions.
  • Registered Dietitian services, to help people with nutrition-related concerns such as diabetes, colitis, hyperlipidemia, celiac disease, weight management and other issues.
  • The Tobacco Dependence Program, designed to help tobacco-users improve their health, regardless of their desire to stop using tobacco.
  • A six-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, to help participants handle stressful events in ways that result in more balance, stability, and personal satisfaction.

Geoffrey Williams, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine, serves as the Healthy Living Center’s director. Additional participating URMC faculty include Holly McGregor Lavigne, Ph.D., Daryl Sharp, Ph.D., R.N., N.P.P., and Michael Krasner, M.D.  Kacie Cook R.D., C.D.N., provides nutrition counseling, Laurie Beall, M.S.N, F.N.P., assists with patient treatment, and Edward Bender M.P.H.., provides tobacco dependence counseling. The Center will soon add an exercise physiologist and a mental health provider to its team.

Additional Information

Contact the Healthy Living Center at (585) 530-2050.

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