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Wellness Programs

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:

  • Next session to start early 2022
  • You will be asked to complete a comprehensive set of questionnaires to determine whether this program will meet your needs prior to enrollment. You can complete this questionnaire by clicking here
  • To register, call 352-674-1779

12 weekly 1-hour sessions. $120 fee, with a 25% reimbursement if you do not miss more than 1 session. 

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:

  • Tuesdays at 11:00 AM at The Villages Health Santa Barbara Care Center from September 28 – November 16
  • Thursdays at 11:00 AM at The Villages Health Santa Barbara Care Center from September 30 – November 18
  • To register: Call 352-674-1779

8 weekly 1-hour sessions

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 both medical support and 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. If NRT or medications are appropriate and desired, they will be prescribed and a start date established.  In addition to appointments with our clinical provider, participants will also 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:

  • Group session to begin Monday, September 13 at 11:00 AM
  • To register: Call 352-674-1774

Program consists of 2 visits with healthcare provider, 7 weekly 1-hour virtual group sessions with clinical psychologist on Mondays at 11:00 AM, and regular check-in sessions with support staff; Clinical visits with healthcare provider subject to copay/coinsurance/deductible, $70 for CBT group series with a reimbursement of $20 at completion of 7 sessions.  

In order to participate, the patient must have an established relationship with a  Primary Care Provider in The Villages Health.  You will be asked to complete an intake survey to gather your smoking history prior to your first appointment. The intake survey can be accessed by clicking here

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:

  • The Villages Health Brownwood Care Center: Tuesdays from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, September 14 – November 16
  • The Villages Health Brownwood Care Center: Thursdays from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, September 16 – November 18
  • To register: Call 352-674-1779

10 one-hour sessions; $100 fee (25% reimbursement if participant doesn’t miss more than 1 session)

Coping Skills for Healthy Living

Change is hard and we deal with a lot of change – retirement, reconnecting with our spouse, relocation, losing loved ones, and health issues to name a few. Join us for an interactive group program led by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that will improve coping skills, increase your self-confidence, enhance your ability to adapt to life situations, and improve overall health by decreasing your stress response.
Upcoming sessions:

  • To register: Call 352-674-1779

8 one-hour sessions; $40 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: Call 352-674-1779

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 Lake Deaton Care Center: Tuesdays from 9-10 AM starting October 12
  • The Villages Health Creekside Care Center: Wednesdays from 9-10 AM starting October 13
  • The Villages Health Santa Barbara Care Center: Fridays from 9-10 AM starting November 5
  • 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: covered 100% for United Healthcare Medicare Advantage, Florida Blue Medicare Advantage, and Medicare members. $150 for participants not covered by Medicare, United Healthcare Medicare Advantage or Florida Blue Medicare Advantage. 

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 Dietician 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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Having the nurse navigator come to our home and administer the care I needed once I left the hospital was very reassuring – especially to my wife who works full-time. It was beyond anything I have ever experienced before.

Joe Sidoti, Patient of Colony Care Center