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Wellness Programs

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Satisfied and Slimmer Plant Based Weight Management Program

Satisfied & Slimmer is designed for people who have difficulties with long-term weight management.  You’ve done it all…..reduced carbs, reduced fats, increased  exercise.  Nothing seems to work!  You are persistent at weight loss because it’s important to you.

We have a lifestyle approach that may be a better fit for you to lose weight and be healthier.  You may also find that you are more satisfied and no longer have urges to eat unplanned foods like sweets and salty treat foods.  This is all while eating carbs and healthy fats. Moreover, no calorie counting involved!

How can this be? The strategy is to eat more foods with lower calorie density that are more filling.  These are foods with more fiber and water such as fruits and vegetables.  We will also guide you on how to eat more healthy carbs and fats.  While we will be asking you to reduce your intake of animal products (meats, dairy), you do not have to become a vegan. We show you how to get adequate protein intake. We will give you specific guidance on how to incrementally change your food plan and eating habits.  We will address barriers to implementing a plant-based food plan.

In addition, behavioral strategies for successful lifestyle change and weight management will be reviewed.  These include: urge management strategies, mindful eating, getting social support, and responding positively to setbacks.

Upcoming sessions – Registration is required:

  • Tuesdays at 8:30 AM at The Villages Health Pinellas Care Center from August 23 – October 4
  • For more information or to register, call 352-674-1779

7 weekly 1-hour sessions; $70 fee (Discounted rate of $55 each for participants that sign up with a friend) 

Headache Management Program

Regardless of your headache type—migraine, tension, cluster— it is important to become active in your headache treatment. You know that headaches can cause feelings of frustration and stress. It is also known that  feelings of stress can trigger or  aggravate headaches. A review of the existing research showed that cognitive-behavioral therapy and relaxation techniques lead to a significant reduction in headache activity ranging from 30% to 60%. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) teaches those suffering from headaches how to recognize and cope with stressors in their life. It can help those with headaches to understand how their thoughts and behavior patterns may affect their symptoms, and how to change the way the body responds to anticipated pain. In addition, we will discuss other ways to cope with other headache triggers (e.g., food triggers, light/glare, noise, weather changes).

Upcoming sessions – Registration is required:

  • Tuesdays at 2:30 PM at The Villages Health Pinellas Care Center from July 12 – September 13
  • For more information or to register, call 352-674-1779

10 weekly 1-hour sessions, $100 fee. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia 

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) was designed for people who have difficulties falling asleep, staying asleep, or awakening early. The 4 session program provides an understanding how our behaviors may inadvertently be making our sleep problems worse, how to prepare our body for sleep, how to build the skills and techniques to reduce unhelpful mental activity (worry and racing thoughts) and cope with strong emotions that affect sleep, and how to troubleshoot any problems and refine strategies to further improve sleep.  Education on sleep medications will also be provided. This approach is experiential.  For it truly to work, participants practice strategies in their daily lives.

Upcoming sessions – Registration is required

  • Tuesdays at 12:30 PM at The Villages Health Pinellas Care Center from August 30 – September 27 (no class 9/20)
  • Tuesdays at 10:30 AM at The Villages Health Pinellas Care Center from September 6 – October 4 (no class 9/20)
  • Tuesdays at 12:30 PM at The Villages Health Pinellas Care Center from October 4 – November 1 (no class 10/18)
  • Tuesdays at 10:30 AM at The Villages Health Pinellas Care Center from October 11 – November 8 (no class 10/18)
  • For more information or to register, call 352-674-1779

4 weekly 1-hour sessions. $40 fee.

Coping with Tinnitus

If tinnitus lasts a long time, it starts to have serious effects on a person’s life. It may interfere with one’s ability to work, do household chores, and engage in leisure activities. It can also result in changes in relationships and changes in how one views oneself.  Over time, these challenges may become stressful and overwhelming. Evidence-based treatment of tinnitus includes strategies to reduce the intensity of tinnitus as well as strategies to help manage the annoyance of tinnitus. The aim of this program is to help patients live a life that is meaningful, vital, and full despite the experience of tinnitus and associated distress.  Specifically, the goal is to achieve the ability to engage in activities that are consistent with living a fulfilling life in the presence of unwanted thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations.  In other words, “I am living my life despite my chronic tinnitus.” This approach is experiential. For it truly to work, participants practice strategies both in the meeting and in their daily lives.  These strategies are    supported by scientific evidence to help in tinnitus management. Strategies   include but are not limited to: values-directed behaviors, mindfulness, attention control, emotional distress tolerance, stress management, visual  imagery,  and  modifying unhelpful thoughts about tinnitus.

 Upcoming sessions – Registration is required:

  • Tuesdays at 1:30 PM at The Villages Health Pinellas Care Center from July 26 – September 27 (no class 9/20)
  • Tuesdays at 1:30 PM at The Villages Health Pinellas Care Center from October 4 – November 29
  • Call 352-674-1779 for more information or to register

9 weekly 1-hour sessions. $90 fee

Emotional Eating Program

ACT on Healthy Living was designed for people who have difficulties with long-term weight management due to emotional eating.  That is, eating due to stress, anxiety, low mood, boredom, or guilt from social pressure to eat. Knowing what to do and getting yourself to do it are entirely separate skills. When it comes to changing long-term, habitual patterns, getting yourself to do something different is largely dependent on keeping your values at the forefront.  The  focus of the program is to help you lead a full, vital, and connected life. The approach includes mindfulness practice, learning how to distance yourself from unhelpful thoughts that cause you to struggle, and allowing yourself to feel whatever you feel while doing what matters to you. For it truly to work, participants commit to practicing strategies in their daily lives  as well as in the group meeting. These strategies are supported by scientific evidence to help with managing negative emotions, unhelpful thoughts, and weight. Implementing these strategies, you can live a life that is guided by your inner compass and includes healthy habits as a choice.

Upcoming Sessions – Registration is required:

  • Tuesdays at 9:30AM at The Villages Health  Pinellas Care Center starting July 19th
  • Tuesdays at 9:30 AM at The Villages Health Pinellas Care Center starting September 6
  • Completion of an intake survey is required before enrollment in the program to ensure that this program is a good fit for your needs. Please complete the intake survey by clicking here
  • To register, call 352-674-1779

12 weekly 1-hour sessions. $120 fee

Grief Group

Loss is life changing. It can affect so many aspects of our lives and ourselves – identity, lifestyle, responsibilities, support, ability for joy, ideas about ourselves and the world. Grief is like a river – ongoing & often changing, it can be full of turbulence, flow, rapids, and unexpected fluctuations. Sometimes grief is more complicated, sometimes totally different than we might have expected. Navigate your personal grief experience in a supportive space with others who have experienced loss.

Gain insights into:

  • Grief myths and stigmas
  • Managing social interactions following loss
  • Coping with changes to lifestyle or responsibilities
  • Regaining sense of purpose and satisfaction in life
  • Managing intense feelings or meltdowns
  • Ways trauma complicates grief

The purpose of this group is to find validation, support, awareness, and to alleviate a sense of isolation that often accompanies grief. Join us for support in moving forward with grief toward remembering with more love than pain.

Upcoming sessions – Registration is required

  • Tuesdays at 4:00 PM at The Villages Health Santa Barbara Care Center from August 9 – September 27 (limited number of seats)
  • To register: Call 352-674-1779

8 weekly 1-hour sessions. FREE. As this is a closed group, participants must attend the first group session to remain enrolled in the program. For our open group and alumni sessions, please see the Learning Center class calendar for available dates.

Tobacco Cessation Program

When smokers try to quit without medication or counseling, 4 to 6 percent will succeed. Those who get face-to-face counseling along with nicotine-replacement therapy or medication can quadruple that success rate. The Villages Health offers a comprehensive program with behavioral strategies to increase your ability to successfully quit. Participants receive information on how stop-smoking products such as nicotine replacement products (NRT) and medications (e.g., Chantix, Zyban) can help them quit. Participants receive group support through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) led by a Clinical Psychologist. CBT provides assistance in research-tested behavioral tools that increase the success rates, such as motivational enhancement, urge management strategies, stress management strategies, preparation skills for a quit date, and relapse prevention strategies. 

Upcoming Sessions – Registration is required:

  • Tuesdays at 8:00 AM at The Villages Health Pinellas Care Center
  • To register: Call 352-674-1774

Program consists of 7 weekly 1-hour group sessions with clinical psychologist; $70 fee.

Coping with Chronic Pain

Pain can interfere with your ability to work, do household chores, and engage in leisure activities. It can negatively impact your relationships and change how you view yourself. Join us for a group program designed to help you live a life that is meaningful, vital and full, despite the experience of pain and associated distress. Led by a Clinical Psychologist with a background in behavioral pain management, this 10 week program will provide evidence-based strategies to help you with the physical, mental and emotional challenges of chronic pain.

Upcoming sessions – Registration is required:

  • Tuesdays at 2:30 PM at The Villages Health Pinellas Care Center starting September 26
  • To register: Call 352-674-1779

10 one-hour sessions; $100 fee

Mind-in-Motion™:Movement Therapy for wellness, empowerment, fitness and fun!

Whatever paths we have walked in life, our bones, fluids, muscles and cells hold a “memory” of our experience. Stress, grief, trauma, joy: Our emotions affect our bodies, determining how we move through the world…and our bodies are a powerful part of how we express emotion. Research shows that expressive movement can help reduce anxiety and depression, boost self-esteem and even improve sleep, by reducing stress hormone levels and restoring the body to a calm, natural state. Mind-in-Motion™ uses fun, energizing, dance-based movement to improve emotional and physical wellness. Join us to discover a more nurturing way to inhabit the body you were born in—come and learn to “dance through life!”
Upcoming sessions:

  • Colony Care Center: Fridays from 2:00 – 3:00 PM
  • New sessions start the 1st Friday of each month
  • To register: Visit the Learning Center page for online registration

4 one-hour sessions; $40 fee

Matter of Balance

Did you know that 1 in 3 older adults fall each year? Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Join us and learn to view falls as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, make changes in your home environment to reduce fall risks, and exercise to increase strength and balance.

  • To register: Call 352-674-1779

8 two-hour sessions; Free!

Memory Screenings

A memory screening is a wellness tool that helps identify whether possible changes in memory and cognition are age-related or the beginning of a more serious memory problem. It is not intended to diagnose but instead to evaluate how different areas of your brain are working, providing a baseline of brain function over time. Since many factors triggering memory loss can be reversible, it’s important to practice early detection so that symptoms may be treated.

  • To schedule: Call 352-674-1779

30 minute assessment; Free!

Dementia Care Coordination Program

The Villages Health offers a Dementia Care Coordination Program to primary care patients that are dealing with Alzheimer’s and other Dementia disorders. The program consists of one-on-one meetings with one of our Certified Dementia Practitioners and small group sessions. Caregivers attend eight weekly education and support sessions while their loved ones participate in an interactive respite program.

  • To register: Call 352-674-8949

Free! Only open to TVH primary care patients at this time

Prevent T2:

One out of three American adults has prediabetes, and most of them do not know it. Having prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. This raises your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Without weight loss or moderate physical activity, many people with prediabetes can develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years. The year-long PreventT2 lifestyle change program, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, can help you make lasting changes to prevent type 2 diabetes.

Upcoming sessions:

  • The Villages Health Brownwood Care Center: Tuesdays from 9 – 10 AM starting July 19
  • The Villages Health Santa Barbara Care Center: Fridays from 10 – 11 AM starting August 26
  • To register: Call 352-674-1779

Year-long program: classes meet once a week for 16 weeks, followed by every other week for 2.5 months, and then monthly meetings for the remaining 5 months; $100 total cost ($50 material fee and $50 incentive fee).

Choose to Lose:

Choose to Lose is a specially designed weight loss program for those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher. Led by a Registered Dietitian, this small group format covers topics such as Learning to Eat Well, Shopping and Cooking, Succeeding Away from Home, Eating Mindfully, Seeking Support, and Keeping the Weight Off.

  • To register: Call 352-674-1770

This is a year-long program: classes meet weekly for the first month, every other week in months 2-5, and once a month for the last six months. Participants also have two one-on-one sessions with the Registered Dietitian; Cost: $150

Diabetes Education:

More than 1 in 10 Americans has diabetes. Lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and exercise, have a significant impact on reducing the risk of complications from diabetes. The Villages Health offers the only American Diabetes Association Recognized Diabetes Education program in the region. It is a comprehensive program for individuals with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. A Certified Diabetes Educator and one of our Registered Dietitians will work with you and your primary care physician to develop a personalized plan through one-on-one appointments and small group classes.

  • To schedule: Call 352-674-1770

Medicare, United Healthcare Medicare Advantage and Florida Blue Medicare Advantage cover Diabetes Education with little or no out-of-pocket cost to you. Commercial insurance and Medicare Supplement plan coverage varies. Our team will verify coverage before booking your appointment.

A referral is required for Diabetes Education. If you are not a Villages Health primary care patient, we will send you the paperwork to be completed by your provider.

Medical Nutrition Therapy:

The Villages Health provides Medical Nutrition Therapy to individuals that have Diabetes or Chronic Kidney Disease stage 3 and higher. Three hours of one-on-one Medical Nutrition Therapy with a Registered Dietitian is provided in the first year of education and two hours of one-on-one Medical Nutrition Therapy are available every year thereafter.

  • To schedule: Call 352-674-1770

Medicare, United Healthcare Medicare Advantage and Florida Blue Medicare Advantage cover Medical Nutrition Therapy with little or no out-of-pocket cost to you. Commercial insurance coverage varies. Our team will always verify coverage before booking your appointment.

A referral is required for Medical Nutrition Therapy. If you are not a Villages Health primary care patient, we will send you the paperwork to be completed by your provider.

Nutrition Counseling:

Meet one-on-one with a Registered Dietitian to review your health history and develop a customized meal plan that works best for you. Nutritional Counseling is available to everyone, regardless of age, insurance or condition.

  • To schedule: Call 352-674-1770

First hour consultation: $75; 30-minute follow-up appointments $50

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I see a urologist, an endocrinologist, a cardiologist and a rheumatologist. I also have my internist. The fact that they’re all in one place is really a blessing.

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