JumpStart participants gather to learn more about controlling hypertension at Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center.
Good Sam’s JumpStart delivers life-changing skills, tips
Cardiovascular education is important for everyone—but especially those with high blood pressure. That’s why Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center launched its Jumpstart hypertension wellness program earlier this year. Nearly 50 people completed the new eight-week program in the first two cycles and the results are encouraging.
Four out of five participants saw reductions in blood pressure, weight, heart rate and/or improved eating, exercise, and smoking cessation habits. More than 90 percent reduced their resting heart rate by an average of five beats per minute. Two-thirds lost weight, and their cumulative weight loss is more than 100 pounds. Participants also reduced their Body Mass Index (BMI) score by one-third of a point. Best of all, 70 percent reduced or controlled their blood pressure in just eight weeks.
The free program combines exercise, nutrition, and clinical education in a weekly two-hour class format and is open to any person in the community who is struggling with high blood pressure. Not only do participants learn life-changing skills and tips—they do so in a welcoming environment alongside others with similar health concerns. One participant stated, “I enjoyed everything about this class. The exercises, the food, the people were very nice. Everything was great.”
Each class consists of a weigh-in and blood pressure check followed by exercises led by New Beginning Therapeutic Services, a cooking demonstration from UGA’s County Extension Service, and an educational lecture from the staff and volunteers of Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center. Classes take place at the Pickens County Recreation Center on Monday evenings from 6 – 8 p.m. and on Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. until noon.
Submitted by Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center