Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing Making a Dent in Prediabetes

Sun Health’s Diabetes Prevention Program, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, helping people cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half   

Tracy Garrett Teaching in KitchenSURPRISE, ARIZ. (Jan. 14, 2015) – Floyd and Linda Cotton have been doing a lot of new clothes shopping lately. After participating in Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) classes offered at the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing (the Center), the Sun City Grand couple have not only fallen in love with a new, healthy lifestyle—they’ve also noticed some significant changes. “I’m down a good two or three sizes in my waist, but even more than that, I just don’t feel sluggish. I always have energy now,” said Floyd, 73.

The Cottons signed up Sun Health’s DPP series held at the Center at 14719 W. Grand Ave., after Floyd was diagnosed as pre-diabetic. At six-feet, 230 pounds, Floyd was just steps away from being diabetic. During the 10-month program, he lost more than 25 pounds and his blood glucose levels dropped from a high of 124 (almost in the diabetic range) to a reading of 97 (normal). Both Cottons also were able to stop taking cholesterol medications and reduce their high blood pressure medications.

This is just one of several positive outcomes to date since the Center started the DPP classes in March 2013. Continue reading

Sun Health’s Community Outreach Group Brings Holiday Cheer to Homebound Adults

SURPRISE, ARIZ., Jan. 7, 2014 The holidays can be an especially tough time for older adults living alone or without family close by.

Sun Health’s SHINE (Sun Health Involvement Never Ends) group and Banner Olive Branch Senior Center (BOBSC) joined together in December to bring good cheer to 35 homebound adults living in Sun City and Youngtown, Arizona.

All of the adults are clients of BOBSC’s mobile meals program, which offers home-delivered meals to people in need. Many of these women and men live alone or have limited or no family living in the area.

Continue reading

Home Safety For Alzheimer’s

Date: Thursday, Jan. 29; 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. – FREE

Location: Banner Boswell Medical Center, Support Services, Juniper Room, 13180 N. 103rd Dr., Sun City

RSVP: To register for classes, please call 623-207-1703

  • Registration is required for all classes, unless otherwise noted. 
  • Walk-ins cannot be accommodated

Marty Finley, M.Ed., Sun Health’s Memory Care Navigator, will discuss how a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease makes it necessary to look at our home in a new light. Common hazards and techniques for improving home safety will be discussed.

Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise

Exercise is Medicine

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 28; 11 a.m. to noon – FREE

Location: La Loma Care Center, Community Education Room, 14260 Denny Blvd., Litchfield Park

RSVP: To register for classes, please call 623-207-1703

  • Registration is required for all classes, unless otherwise noted. 
  • Walk-ins cannot be accommodated

Research proves that exercise has a role in the treatment and prevention of more than 40 chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease, obesity and hypertension. Find out how to use exercise as a ‘medicine’ to help prevent or manage many of the most common chronic health conditions. Instructor is Rhonda Zonoozi, exercise physiologist and health coach.

 

Diabetes Prevention Program: 22-part series

Location: Banner Boswell Medical Center, Support Services, Juniper Room, 13180 N. 103rd Dr., Sun City

RSVP: Please call 623-832-9355 to register. Cost for the entire program is $220 and may be covered by some health care insurance policies. 

  • $220 Fee that may be covered by insurance
  • Registration is required for all classes, unless otherwise noted. 
  • Walk-ins cannot be accommodated

This program, composed of 16-weekly sessions followed by six monthly sessions, is designed for pre-diabetics and those at risk of diabetes. Developed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the curriculum is based on research and has been shown to significantly decrease the risk of developing diabetes among attendees who actively adopt recommended lifestyle changes. Class goals are to increase physical activity, encourage healthier eating and promote modest weight loss.

Class will be held at three West Valley locations:

  • Starts Monday, Jan. 26; 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. – La Loma Care Center, Community Education Room, 14260 Denny Blvd., Litchfield Park 
  • Starts Wednesday, Jan. 28; 3 to 4:30 p.m. – Banner Boswell Medical Center, Support Services Administrative Conference Room, 13180 N. 103rd Dr., Sun City 
  • Starts Thursday, Jan. 29; 1 to 2:30 p.m. – Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise

 

Preventing Disability From Neurological Disease

Date: Monday, Jan. 26; 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. – FREE

Location: The Colonnade, Recreation Village, 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise

RSVP: To register for classes, please call 623-207-1703

  • Registration is required for all classes, unless otherwise noted. 
  • Walk-ins cannot be accommodated

Dr. Ahmad Nizam, neurologist from The CORE Institute, will discuss the latest treatments and breakthroughs for preventing disabilities from neurological diseases.

Supporting Brain Fitness through Spirituality

Date: Thursday, Jan. 22; 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. – FREE

Location: The Colonnade, Recreation Village, 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise

RSVP: To register for classes, please call 623-207-1703

  • Registration is required for all classes, unless otherwise noted. 
  • Walk-ins cannot be accommodated

Many of us have discovered that we’re more productive when our bodies and minds are aligned. The challenge is in learning to develop a method that achieves this alignment consistently. Cameron Svendsen, MSW, LCSW, discusses spiritual techniques through balance, relaxation, prayer and gratitude that ultimately enhance both brain health and our quality of life.

 

Fabulous Fiber: Healthy Benefits and Strategies

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 21; 1 to 2 p.m. – FREE

Location: La Loma Care Center, Community Education Room, 14260 Denny Blvd., Litchfield Park

RSVP: To register for classes, please call 623-207-1703

  • Registration is required for all classes, unless otherwise noted. 
  • Walk-ins cannot be accommodated

Registered Dietitian Tracy Garrett discusses the many benefits of consuming a diet that contains adequate fiber. General fiber recommendations will be shared, as well as tips that can be used to reach your fiber goals.

 

Osteoporosis: Keeping Your Bones Strong

Date: Monday, Jan. 19; 1 to 2 p.m. – FREE

Location: Banner Boswell Medical Center, Support Services, Juniper Room, 13180 N. 103rd Dr., Sun City

RSVP: To register for classes, please call 623-207-1703

  • Registration is required for all classes, unless otherwise noted. 
  • Walk-ins cannot be accommodated

Registered Dietitian Tracy Garrett will discuss lifestyle interventions that adults can do to keep their bones strong and prevent injury.

 

Yoga for Optimal Health

Date: Monday, Jan. 19; 11 a.m. to noon

Location: Banner Boswell Medical Center, Ironwood Room, 10401 W. Thunderbird, Sun City

RSVP: To register for classes, please call 623-207-1703

  • $5 per session fee. Ten-session punch cards are available for $40. Class sizes are limited.
  • Registration is required for all classes, unless otherwise noted. 
  • Walk-ins cannot be accommodated

Yoga has been practiced for more than 5,000 years and offers many health benefits such as increasing your flexibility, strength, and balance. It also includes breathing techniques to increase relaxation and help with stress management. Please bring a yoga mat and water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing.