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New Program Aims to Help Arlington Residents ‘Choose Health’
05/17/2010

ARLINGTON, Texas — Men’s Health magazine recently ranked Arlington number one of 100 “America’s Top Fast Food Towns,” surpassing nearby cities of Fort Worth (ranked 17th) and Dallas (ranked 37th). In an effort to help Arlington residents make healthy choices, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, the City of Arlington, and United Healthcare will launch a new six-month health initiative on May 22 centered on wellness, nutrition and exercise education.

The “Choose Health” program is a monthly series of informative classes on topics ranging from foods that prevent cancer, losing 10 pounds in 10 weeks, reading food labels and navigating the grocery store. Participants pay five dollars per class. Those who enroll in all six classes will receive a one free class, a pedometer, and a healthy living guide.

“Through education, ‘Choose Health’ programs can help Arlington residents make better choices,” said Arlington Mayor Dr. Robert Cluck. “Classes are designed to help us learn more about nutrition and improve our eating habits.”

The Men’s Health rankings were based on the number of fast food restaurants per capita; the percentage of people who visit fast food restaurants; the areas where people consume fast food seven or more times a month; and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention obesity statistics.

Through education and discussion, the program aims to help improve the health and eating habits of the Arlington community. Residents can register online at naturallyfun.org or contact the City of Arlington’s Parks and Recreation Department at 817-459-5474.

Class schedule:

  • “Food For Life” on May 22, 10 a.m. to noon at the Elzie Odom Recreation Center
  • “Easy Ways to Increase Activity and Boost Metabolism” on June 19, 10 to 11 a.m. at the Cliff Nelson Recreation Center
  • “Lose 10 Pounds in 10 Weeks” on July 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Texas Health Arlington Memorial in the McRae Building
  • “Quick, Easy, Healthy Meals” on Aug. 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Bob Duncan Center
  • “Total Wellness” on Sept. 14 from 6:30 until 8 p.m. at Texas Health Arlington Memorial in the McRae Building
  • “Reading Labels and Navigating Grocery Stores” Oct. 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Walmart on Pioneer Parkway

About Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital is a 417-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Arlington and the surrounding communities since 1958. The hospital’s services include comprehensive cardiac care, women’s services, orthopedics, an advanced imaging center and emergency services. Texas Health Arlington Memorial is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Arlington.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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