“Most of the patients we’ve referred to Get Healthy have found it very beneficial and have often lost weight.”
It's no secret that good eating habits and regular exercise play an important role in helping people enjoy a healthy lifestyle. However, during pregnancy and after a child is born, the pressure to eat healthily, exercise and maintain a healthy weight can be challenging.
Nurse practitioner Susan Sierp deals with those challenges every week. Susan’s clinic provides a vital service for new mothers who have experienced complications in pregnancy. This includes assessing and educating patients with the aim of reducing the risk of premature heart disease.
Susan has referred many of her patients to the free Get Healthy service. Many have experienced gestational diabetes during their pregnancies and remain at increased risk of further diabetes later in life. The Get Healthy service offers the support and advice they need, at the time they need it most.
“It's evidence based, and it follows the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating …. that is very important. We need to make sure patients are getting the correct information.”
For various reasons, Susan sees plenty of women slip back into their pre-pregnancy eating patterns. These patterns may not be particularly unhealthy, but often include too many processed foods, or don’t include enough fruit and vegetables. Because the impacts of a poor diet may not be immediately urgent, it can be difficult to arrange a dietitian review through the public health system.
“It’s complicated – in the public health system, pregnant women referred to a dietitian would be quite low on the list, because they're dealing with more urgent issues such as metabolic disorders - the system is set up for people who are quite sick.”
Accessibility is one of the key benefits of Get Healthy. The regular phone calls that participants have with their Get Healthy coach can help them stay aware of what they’re eating and help them maintain a good, healthy diet.
Susan is passionate about helping women maintain good health throughout and post-pregnancy. She has referred multiple patients to the Get Healthy service, and is confident that her patients are getting the advice and support they need.
“It’s important that they’re getting the correct information, and that they’re getting that support.”
The Get Healthy service offers tailored Get Healthy in Pregnancy and Type 2 Diabetes Prevention programs. Refer your patients today.