Published on January 03, 2018

Genesis Expands Scholarships for Health Program

Genesis Philanthropy will expand access to a program with proven health results and possible weight loss for residents of the region.

Genesis Philanthropy will be double the number of free health screenings and program enrollments available to individuals who want to reduce their risk for chronic disease and possibly lose weight.  If clinically qualified, individuals will be able to participate in a free 10-week program to reduce the risk factors of Metabolic Syndrome.

Genesis Philanthropy and its affiliates, Genesis Foundation; the DeWitt Community Hospital Foundation; and, Mercer Foundation for Health are providing support to expand access to the Metabolic Syndrome Initiative.

Anyone interested in participating in the program can apply online starting Monday, Jan. 8 at The deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 12.

Metabolic Syndrome is a potentially dangerous cluster of five risk factors. When three or more of the five factors are present, the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease all increase.

The Metabolic Syndrome Initiative was first introduced to the region by Genesis in 2014.  Since then, participants who had elevated Metabolic Syndrome risk before the program have experienced a 36 percent reduction in their risk factors after the 10-week intervention.  Participants in all the groups have lost an average of 13.9 pounds per person by the end of the 10-week program.

Naturally Slim® has been offered to employees of Genesis Health System since 2009. Since 2009, 57% of the Genesis employees who were at risk for Metabolic Syndrome no longer were at high risk because of healthy lifestyle techniques taught in Naturally Slim® classes.

Each weekly video session is about 30 minutes long. The “kick-off” session is 90 minutes and can be viewed via the web at any time throughout the week.  Only those who can commit to completing the 10-week program will be accepted.

Access to a computer with high-speed Internet is required for the online program.

Naturally Slim® is a Clinical Wellness Program based in Dallas, Texas.  Since its founding in 1977, Naturally Slim, Inc. has helped tens of thousands of people successfully reach their goals of sustainable weight loss and improved health.

“Genesis Philanthropy and its affiliated foundations are improving the health of our region by engaging people in their own health,’’ said Missy Gowey, executive director, Genesis Philanthropy. “From our years of experience with the Naturally Slim® program at Genesis and now with our community classes, we know the program can have a positive, significant impact on the health of participants.’’

Hundreds of Genesis Health System employees have improved their health while helping stabilize health insurance costs through their use of the Naturally Slim® program.  Genesis Health System and its employees have saved more than $100 million in healthcare and health insurance costs since first implementing the program in 2009.  

Genesis Philanthropy leverages the power of philanthropy throughout the region to take the next step in the health care revolution, moving from caring for sick people to improving the health and wellness of the community.

To learn more about the free Metabolic Syndrome Initiative, call (563) 421-6865 or (563) 421-3871.

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