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Success: Nutritional Options for Wellness

Jul 2, 2015 By

Success Measured One Life at a Time: Offering Nutritional Options for Wellness

Our NOW (Nutritional Options for Wellness) Pantry, is a collaborative work with Spectrum Health and Access of West Michigan, helping people with chronic health conditions to take control of their illness. This is our second year as a NOW Pantry site. At The Pantry we love this program! The program facilitates change, real change in peoples’ lives. Reducing health concerns for one person adds huge value back into the community by returning people to greater productivity, helping lower everyone’s overall health costs, and increasing quality of life. Even the social safety net receives a reprieve when someone’s health is restored and their illnesses managed!

Connie, is a new NOW client. Connie has Type-2 Diabetes and without a lifestyle change she was facing blindness and loss of limb. After just a few months of weekly groceries and participation in our Healthy Living courses her condition is considered managed.

“I’ve lost 28 lbs. and my A1C is down to 6.9. It has been at 8.1 for years. I have more energy and less depression. The NOW program is the best thing I’ve done… my best friend is now enrolled too.”

You’re donations made this possible! Currently, The Pantry current serves 30 individuals with chronic illnesses like: Renal Failure, Hyper Tension, Diabetes, Celiac Disease and the like, helping them to manage their conditions through diet, exercise and education. Our Case Manager, Stephanie Cuerrier, MSW is available to answer any of your questions. stephaniecuerrier@thepantry.gr or visit the program’s web page at Access.


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