Health Partner Pathways

October Issue

Your Monthly Health Partner Wellness Program Newsletter

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Received a call from a Health Coach, now what?

Some of you have been contacted by your health coach and some of you have not yet. Don't fret! A health coach will be contacting soon to explain the program and your participation. Prior to your first consultation, your coach will review your medical record, assess your condition(s), and determine how often you will meet. Coaching is designed to assist you with goal setting, accountability, and support. Depending on your risk, you may receive resources or meet with your coach throughout the year.

Featured Condition: COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a lung disease that, over time, makes it difficult to breathe. Emphysema, chronic bronchitis, irreversible asthma, and severe bronchiectasis are conditions classified under COPD. Over 12 million people in the US have COPD. Another 24 million people may have it but are unable to recognize warning signs.

Warning signs include:

  • Constant cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Producing a lot of sputum, phlegm, or mucus
  • Wheezing

COPD is diagnosed in several ways. Spirometry is a test which measures the amount of air you blow out and how fast you can blow it. Doctors also use health history, exams, chest x-rays, and other tests to confirm the type of COPD.

Treatment options are:

  • If you smoke, now is a good time to quit
  • Medications such as inhalers
  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Surgery
  • Lifestyle Management

Lifestyle Management includes:

  1. Good nutrition - Feed and fuel the body with foods that help fuel the muscles and improve your immunity.
  2. Exercise - Staying active despite some limitations can help lungs get stronger per your physician's recommendations /approval.
  3. Weight Management - Aim for a healthy weight to help cope with COPD.

Click the below link for more information on how to have a better quality of life with COPD.

Living with COPD

American Lung Association Resource

Coach's Corner

Am I Afraid to Commit to My Health?

As we approach another change of seasons, holidays, and the end of another year, many of us ask ourselves questions like: “What happened to the time? Did I change anything about myself? What did I accomplish? Is it too late to change? If not, what can I do and why have I not done it yet?”

Two four letter words are often the root causes of why we do not reach some of our health goals: FEAR and TIME. Don’t shake your head! You know it is true to some degree. WE are afraid to change, eat better, move more, de-stress, or sleep more because it will be different from what WE are accustomed to doing. We are afraid it will hurt, cost too much, taste bad, or be too hard. If we do it (whatever your “IT” is), then our excuses are removed. What will we be able to blame then?

Also TIME is the other culprit. We all get the same 24 hours in a day. I don’t know anyone who gets 27 or 30. Do you? So… how do we use our TIME? This precious commodity can be used strategically or haphazardly. The choice is ours. Some are saying, “Wait a minute Kim, you do not know what I have on my PLATE!” You are correct. Some things are put on our LIFE PLATES that we cannot remove; however, there are some things we can choose to remove from our LIFE PLATES just like our FOOD PLATES. Again the choice is ours.

Please remember life is about CHOICES. You can be afraid, remain paralyzed by fear, and refuse to change. You can continue to blame time constraints and never allocate any time for your health. OR… you can SEIZE the DAY- CARPE DIEM!

Talk to yourhealth coach about ways to stop being spooked out by commitment to your health and start using your time to make yourself a priority. If you don’t do it, who will?

Check Out a Few Photos From Our Farm to Table Event on Sept. 18th

Couch to 5K

Join your HPWP Coaches at Color Vibe 5K on October 18th!

First off, you may be asking, "exactly how many miles is a 5K?" A 5K is 5 kilometers or 3.1 miles. We're here to help you achieve your goal to walk, jog, or run a 5K. Ease into your 5K training plan using the Couch to 5K training outline provided by your HPWP coach.


  • Completion of Health Questionnaire and Waiver from your health coach
  • Receive "Couch to 5K" outline from health coach
  • Registration for event online

*If you are interested in signing up for our Team: Partner Power, please contact your HPWP health coach prior to online registration for password.

Click on the button below for more information about the race.

Color Vibe 5K

Cost: before October 17th - $43, $46 if after. Cost includes: Entry into the 5K Color Vibe Run, Official Color Vibe t-shirt, Color Vibe color pack, Color Vibe Prize.