The “Catalina Island: Stepping Into Health” program works with individuals, families, groups, schools, businesses, government, and other sectors of the Catalina Island community to limit the barriers to healthy eating and active living, with an ultimate goal of reducing the problem of obesity and related health conditions on Catalina Island.
Funded through a grant from the UniHealth Foundation, Stepping Into Health uses a multi-pronged approach to address obesity. The backbone of the program is intensive nurse care management, combined with a Group Lifestyle Balance Program and community outreach.
Nurse Care Manager Tracy Matthews meets regularly with patients, who meet certain medical criteria, for health monitoring, coaching and education about diet and exercise.
As part of Stepping Into Health, the Group Lifestyle Balance Program is regularly offered in Avalon. This 16-week program, developed by the National Diabetes Prevention Program, is designed to improve health through a series of lifestyle changes.
Stepping Into Health’s community outreach program works to make healthy activities and lifestyle choices available for everyone in Avalon. The community outreach portion of Stepping Into Health is overseen by Community Outreach Coordinator Rhonda Kalish.