Program aims to reduce metabolic syndrome symptoms

September 19, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that greatly increases one’s risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The safest and most effective way to improve metabolic fitness is with nutrition, exercise and weight loss. 

The UMHS Metabolic Fitness Program is a structured group that encourages behavioral changes by combining education, coaching strategies and clinically-supervised group exercise.

The 90-minute sessions, held on Tuesday evenings, include 45 minutes of lecture and 45 minutes of clinically-supervised exercise. There are two class times to choose from: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

New participants must be referred to the program by a physician and new attendees would start on the second Tuesday of each month. There are 3 hours of initial appointments in the 2-4 weeks before each monthly start, with a 12-hour fasting blood draw a couple of days before the visits. There would also be a 1-hour nutrition consult in the 1-3 weeks following the first session.

If your insurer participates with UMHS, your clinic appointments should be covered and you would just have your copay and any deductibles that apply

This is a 24-week program with a 12-week option, and has an out-of-pocket expense of $350 per each 12-week session that insurance doesn’t cover. Your payment options include a payroll deduction with your U-M employee ID.

For more information, check out the Metabolic Fitness Program website

Website: http://umcvc.org/mfp

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