Caring for the community
Lisa Galati, R.D., L.D., one of the "Newtritious You" instructors.
Reaching out for a healthier community
Mary Blue of Cedar Hill readily admits her primary source for nutrition information was Dr. Oz and the Internet. “I was trying all sorts of things (to eat better),” said Blue. “I was extremely disappointed when none of those things worked for me.”
Then, during a visit to her primary care physician, she picked up a copy of the Get Fit Classes and Events Guide and saw the information about “Newtritious You.” “I jumped at the chance to sign up,” said Blue. “There’s a lot of ‘hocus pocus’ out there, and I wanted to use these classes as a turning point to change the way I looked at food.” And they did.
Improving nutrition knowledge
“Newtritious You” is a free, six-week, in-depth wellness, nutrition and lifestyle program that focuses on affordable, lifelong, healthy eating behaviors rather than quick fixes. St. Anthony’s dietitians Lisa Galati, R.D., L.D., and Cathy Feldmeier, R.D., L.D., medically recognized experts in nutrition, specifically developed this program for those seeking nutrition recommendations that are based on science, along with tips on how to be motivated and make positive changes to be their personal best.
“There’s such a demand in the community for reliable education about nutrition,” said Galati. “To offer a program like ‘Newtritious You’ for free is phenomenal. I believe it draws people in who want to make changes in their nutrition but don’t know how, and are ready to invest the time in a program that may just work for them.”
Giving to the community
“Newtritious You” is just one of more than 100 ways St. Anthony’s employees go out into the community. Whether through support groups (like Alcoholics Anonymous, prostate cancer, and New Moms Network), free screenings (biometric, skin cancer and varicose veins), bike helmet fittings, Meals on Wheels or AED donations, employees of St. Anthony’s give thousands of hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars to help the medical center’s neighbors.
“I think our employees enjoy being able to help our community and provide information and reach out to people at a point when they are not in the hospital,” said Katie Rayfield, Community Outreach Coordinator. “We are trying to help people before they come to us, and I think community members find that meaningful."
So do employees, who feel called to help those outside the hospital walls. Sacramental minister Rev. Bill Cardy, O.F.M., points to faith as the foundation for that calling. “Our Lord gave us the Commandments, which are the ‘shall nots,’” says Rev. Cardy. “Then, He does a flip flop of sorts and gives us the Beatitudes, which are the ‘We should.’ We should thirst for righteousness, be merciful, and be peacemakers. We are called to be in the marketplace, the soup kitchens and with the poor and suffering. St. James tells us, ‘For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.’” (James 2:26)
Partnering with parents
While we partner with many area organizations, including other faith-based organizations, fire departments, and community centers, our relationship with the school districts is one that has grown stronger over the past few years. St. Anthony’s sponsors five Parents as Teachers programs.
Laura Bub, Community Outreach Coordinator for St. Anthony’s, has seen the results. “With the school districts, we have become more than a partner who just gives them money,” said Bub. “St. Anthony’s is now a resource for them that they didn't have before. Because of that, I don’t think our community will ever tire to have us as a partner or a participant. I have found that they are eager and happy to have us there.”
Spreading healthy habits
When Mary Blue started “Newtritious You,” she was also asked to start a small group at her church, Faith Community. Initially, she was going to start a genealogy group. Instead, because of her experience taking the “Newtritious You” program, she started a group to talk about, and help hold each other accountable to, healthy choices, including healthy eating. “I only have great things to say about ‘Newtritious You’ and the immediate changes it helped me make in my daily life.”
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