MDwise and YMCA of Greater Indianapolis launch Y-Wise programs

MDwise initiates new programs to provide its members with the support needed to establish healthy lifestyles‚Ä®

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – MDwise, Indiana’s only not-for-profit managed health care organization serving Hoosiers covered by the Hoosier Healthwise, Healthy Indiana Plan and Care Select health programs, is launching new pilot programs in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis to encourage healthy lifestyles for MDwise families with an interest in and a need for this service.
The six-month programs are expected to assist 50 children, ages eight to 17, and 25 adults with diabetes in the greater Indianapolis area, and include a free individual membership to the local YMCA. The participants for the 2012 program have been selected. Designed to give support and services leading to healthier habits through physical activity and healthy eating, the new program also provides participants with access to a Registered Dietician and Y-Wise coach.
“The Y-Wise programs provide a unique opportunity for our members to receive comprehensive healthy living services and support normally reserved for those who can afford gym memberships,” said Dr. Caroline Carney Doebbeling, chief medical officer for MDwise. “The health and wellness of our members is of great importance to MDwise. We are delighted to participate with the Y in introducing our members to structured, age appropriate fitness and wellness programs. Adolescents will have access to the Y facility and some programs, while adults will work toward goals unique to improving chronic medical conditions.”
As part of the programs’ requirements, all participants must complete pre assessments and surveys to gauge their knowledge and fitness levels. In addition, weekly activity logs must be filled out by participants, and MDwise will monitor those logs to ensure exercise requirements are being met. The program entails 150 minutes per week of exercise/wellness programming for children and daily exercise for adults. Adults participating in the Y-Wise programs are also required to attend the Diabetes Exercise Program and nutrition consultation sessions throughout the length of the program.
Upon completion of the program, children will participate in a variety of fitness testing and knowledge assessment to evaluate the success of the program. Adults will also take a knowledge assessment test as well as have their BMI calculated.
“We are excited about this collaboration between the YMCA and MDwise. The Y-Wise program, as well as our organization, encourages and promotes health,” said Anne Graves, director of health initiatives and partnerships for the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. “We look forward to broadening the reach of the YMCA programs and services to individuals in our community participating in Y-Wise.”
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MDwise is a provider-sponsored nonprofit health maintenance organization offering health care benefits to more than 407,000 Medicaid and Medicare members. Since 1994 MDwise has provided access to compassionate, high-quality, coordinated health care and education to Medicaid members in communities throughout Indiana. Ninety-seven percent of MDwise members surveyed would recommend MDwise to family and friends.

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