Humboldt General Hospital Announces 'Healthy You Support Group'

Humboldt General Hospital has announced a new support group aimed at helping men and women enjoy a healthy, fit and balanced new year.

The “Healthy You Support Group” is the brainchild of Dr. Hind Elsanousy, a Resident Physician with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine’s Rural Family Medicine Residency.

Dr. Elsanousy said she has been approached by several patients looking for support in their journey toward greater health.

“And that’s something I can help with,” she said. “Certainly appropriate weight loss is an important component to any health changes, but we don’t just want to concentrate on the scale.”

Instead, Dr. Elsanousy said a person’s health values, such as his or her blood pressure, cholesterol and body-mass index tell a more revealing story about overall health.

“So we want to concentrate on decreasing weight, increasing fitness, gaining more energy and helping establish a greater sense of well-being.”

The “Healthy You Support Group” will include monthly workshops, weekly support group meetings, fun activities throughout the year such as group walks, participant newsletters and more.

The third Thursday of each month, local residents are invited to a monthly “Healthy Year, Healthy You” workshop. Topics range from weight loss to fitness, mental health and managing stress. Times are noon to 1 p.m. in the hospital’s Sarah Winnemucca Conference Room. Lunch is served, there is no charge to attend, and both men and women are invited to attend.

Also, at 5:30 p.m. each Thursday, local residents are invited to the “Healthy You Support Group.” The group, which will be led by Dr. Elsanousy, will conduct weigh-ins, discuss goal setting, diet and exercise tips, struggles and successes, questions and answers, and generally provide support for positive health changes. There is no charge to attend and both men and women are welcome.

Other group activities will be announced throughout the year.

“We are so excited about this new group effort,” said Dr. Elsanousy. “We’re not introducing anything that people haven’t seen before, but we are introducing new support features that will help our participants see success.”

Dr. Elsanousy added, “The old adage is true: there is strength in numbers, and we will see that as we gather and overcome weight loss, fitness and other challenges and see those health values improve at the same time.”

For more information about the “Healthy You Support Group,” or any of its associated components, please contact HGH Wellness Coordinator Billie Lucero at (775) 623-5222, ext. 1297.

Information is also on the HGH website at www.hghospital.org/community/support-groups/

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