Make 2018 Your Healthiest Year Yet!

http://dshealthcare.com/sites/dshealthcare.com/assets/images/lavita/IMG_4122.JPGA new year means new checklists. From starting something new to quitting bad habits, it’s a time many choose to focus on improving or maintaining good health. To help you reach your goals we want to help you jumpstart those healthy behaviors and work with you to see those successes being made.

Dr. Amy Doherty, family medicine physician at Divine Savior Healthcare, specializes in plant based nutrition and helping patients take care of their bodies, naturally. She stresses the way we can improve our health is all about the choices we make.

Dr. Doherty states, “Throughout nature, we see that life tends toward health as long as it has the proper ingredients and location to flourish. In gardening, healthy plants are the best prevention against plant diseases.  A plant without the proper sunlight, soil pH, and nutrition becomes susceptible to disease as it tries to deal with its environmental shortages in addition to whatever fungi or virus is attacking it.  The same is true of humans.”

Those healthy choices also take into account our fitness, and at Divine Savior Healthcare we feel very fortunate to have a state-of-the-art Wellness Center and medically integrated fitness center, La Vita, to help you with this part of your goal.

Our medically integrated fitness programs at La Vita set us apart from other fitness centers in the area. We know that it’s not always going to be jumping into a full force workout routine. That’s why we carefully considered the community’s needs and strategically implemented transitional programs to help get you up and moving at a pace that works best for you. Based on need, our program has grown from three to eight different transition programs, including:


  • Cardiac Fitness- for those with risk factors of cardiovascular disease or if you have completed the second phase of Cardiac Rehab
  • Diabetes Fitness- learn to manage symptoms with healthy eating, physical activity and weight management
  • Pulmonary Fitness- for those with pulmonary or respiratory conditions establish and maintain a consistent exercise routine
  • Orthopedic Fitness- managing a recurring injury or attempting to avoid surgery
  • Fit for Surgery- improve strength and endurance before surgery to improve recovery post operatively
  • Start Moving Fitness- addressing health issues from inactive lifestyle and taking the first steps to a more active life
  • Weight Management Fitness- building healthy habits to lose or manage weight
  • Rehab Fitness- build upon improvements made in therapy and feel comfortable continuing an independent exercise program

The focus of each specialty program is designed to help individuals improve medical conditions and achieve personal goals. The first 18 months of these programs we have had 133 participants complete the program and show successful outcomes. Whether you are a La Vita member or not, the transitions programs are open to all. 

Could one of these programs be for you?

  • Check with your provider prior to beginning.  
  • Exercise is not one size fits all, therefore it is important to determine appropriate fitness goals while maintaining a regimen that helps prevent injury.
  • You may experience the need to change medication requirements after starting an exercise program for some medical conditions.
  • Keeping your provider up-to-date on exercise routines, weight and dietary changes is important to ensure proper treatment is maintained.

“We are proud to offer this quality of programming to our community.  We have witnessed member success and share in their excitement as they reach their goals.  We are honored to be able to provide a state-of-the-art facility with high quality programs with the aim to improve community wellness,” says Lynn Waldera, Director of Preventative Health and Wellness at La Vita.

In addition to these programs, La Vita also offers a membership based workout facility that includes, pools, walking/track, fitness equipment, dedicated cycling room, 57 land classes, 12 water classes, swim lessons, personal training, café with healthy food options, and drop in daycare.

Fitness and nutrition are not the only two ingredients to a healthy life, but make-up an important part. We can only do our best. As Dean Ornish, M.D., a renowned physician who has spent most of his life doing research about how lifestyle changes affect human health and disease processes, states in his book The Spectrum, “We tend to think of advances in medicine as being a new drug, a new laser, something really high tech and expensive.  We often have a hard time believing that the simple choices we make in our lives each day- like what we eat, how we respond to stress, whether or not we smoke, how much we exercise, and the quality of love and intimacy in our lives- it’s sometimes difficult to believe that these simple choices we make every day make such a powerful difference, but they do.”

“This is a beautiful if somewhat intimidating truth in medicine and in life: most of the choices involved in controlling our health and happiness are ours to make.  Further, helping others to be healthy makes each of us healthier,” shares Dr. Doherty.

If you are looking for help in areas of nutrition, fitness, and/or overall wellness, the providers and fitness specialists at Divine Savior Healthcare and La Vita are ready to work with you. You can reach Divine Savior Healthcare Family Medicine Clinic at 608-745-4598 or La Vita at 608-745-3800.

A low cost recipe shared by Dr. Doherty from her website, https://dramydoherty.com/healthy-on-a-budget-and-in-a-time-crunch/

Riced Cauliflower Salads

Ingredients: 1 bag of frozen cauliflower florets ($1.50), 1 cucumber ($1), 1 can colored beans (black, pinto, kidney) $1, 1 lemon (50 cents), 1 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tbsp honey, salt and pepper to taste. Even though all this adds up to $4, it serves 2, so $2/serving. Other things you could add for increased flavor if you have them lying around: greens like chopped kale or spinach, tomato, walnuts or other chopped nuts, blue cheese crumbles.
Directions: You can use fresh or frozen cauliflower… I just used frozen in this example because it’s cheaper. Either way, take thawed or fresh florets and “rice” them in a food processor by pulsing them until they are grain-like. This may take 3 minutes. Place into a medium bowl. Then, chop cucumber and add to the bowl. Rinse beans and add to the bowl. Another 3 minutes. Make dressing by mixing juice from one lemon, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper, then combining with salad ingredients. Another 3 minutes, for a total of 9 minutes.


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