Find out more about our HEROES?
Our Heart Healthy Hero Program (HHHP) is a cultural change within our agency.
Our focus is on the health and wellbeing of our residents and staff. Over half of our agency is overweight by 10-150 pounds. Individual genetic makeup, medications prescribed, lack of quality exercise, and a lack of healthy lifestyle knowledge contributes to their obesity. Our HHHP has developed a steering committee currently comprised of staff and residents who are helping to plan the services. Thanks to the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation and their grant monies, we were able to put in a garden bed at one of our homes and we are collaborating with our local Bloomington-Normal YMCA as well as Heartland Community College for our exercise needs.
We are also pleased to announce that we have partnered with OSF St. Joseph Medical’s Center for Healthy Lifestyles for our education needs. They have designed classes that meet the specific needs of our residents and staff members. Gratefully, they have also been able to include education classes for our parents/guardians and board members.
The goal with our new HHHP is to focus on our health and wellness, to get moving, be more conscious of what we consume daily, eliminate some “not so healthy food and drink” and to lose a little weight. In addition, we hope to have some natural consequences from eating healthier and losing weight, such as the possibility of eliminating certain medications, or lowering the dosage.
WHO WERE OUR BIGGEST LOSER'S DURING THIS PROGRAM ?
In 2017, we developed reasonable goals for each resident and staff who wanted to participate in our new HHHP. We focused on a 10% weight loss for most. Here are the agency statistics: