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ACHIEVE promotes healthy lifestyles
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A sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits can contribute to several conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, some cancers and osteoporosis. That’s why ACHIEVE is working with local healthcare practitioners to get the word out about ACHIEVE Wellness Prescriptions, a program designed to encourage local patients to try physical activity, healthy eating, and better lifestyle habits before resorting to medications for certain conditions.“Many healthcare providers already observe this practice, encouraging their patients to try exercise and healthy diets before prescribing medication,” said ACHIEVE member Kristie Sanders. “Our project simply seeks to support that practice and to reinforce the physician’s advice with an actual prescription and suggestions for specific low- and no-cost options to achieve those goals.”Local physician Dr. Cetin Hekimoglu was one of the first physicians to get on board with the program and began using the prescription pad provided by ACHIEVE to educate his patients about local options for physical activity and suggestions for nutritional goals.