OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center

Ottawa, Illinois

Healthy Living

A poor diet and a lack of physical activity can lead to obesity and diabetes.  Both are a stepping stone to heart disease, stroke and other serious health conditions.

Our goal is to address these "community health needs" and offer resources to help achieve a healthy lifestyle.  Read on to learn more about diabetes care, diet and nutrition, plus our LifeFit Wellness Program, an on-site exercise facility!

Diabetes Care

Your physician may order a blood test to check your blood glucose levels and determine your risk for diabetes or prediabetes.  If results indicate you are at risk or have a positive indicator for diabetes, then he or she can offer some basic diabetes education or a referral to a dietitian for nutrition counseling.

Individuals who have recently been diagnosed may also benefit from attending our quarterly Diabetes Education Series.  A combination of hospital nursing and dietary staff host the 3-part class and offer information including:

  • An overview of diabetes and how to avoid complications
  • How to use your glucometer
  • Carbohydrate counting, portion size and exercise tips
  • Answers to your medication questions and more

Call (815) 431-5499 for additional information and class dates.

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Diet and Nutrition

The registered dietitians with OSF Saint Elizabeth can help you achieve better food choices and avoid health complications. Our dietitians offer counseling for a variety of nutritional needs including:

  • healthy food Weight loss
  • Low salt diet
  • Gluten-free diet
  • Allergies
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy

Our dietitians are available to help answer dietary questions during your inpatient stay, and you'll have the opportunity to make an appointment within 30 days of your discharge.  For additional nutrition help, ask your physician for an outpatient referral to discuss your nutritional goals.

LifeFit Wellness Program

LifeFit is an independent, self-pay exercise program offered through the rehabilitation services department at OSF Saint Elizabeth. Set up like a typical gym, LifeFit offers state-of-the-art cardio and weight machines plus free weights. All participants are required to have an order from their family physician before starting the program.  Benefits of LifeFit include:

LifeFit Wellness Program

  • No contract to sign
  • Payable month to month ($38)
  • Attend as often or as little as you like
  • Open six days a week
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Body composition testing
  • One free consult with a registered dietitian
  • Supervision by dedicated exercise specialists
  • Option to utilize a personal trainer for an extra fee

Upon joining, a LifeFit staff member will have you fill out the necessary paperwork including your health history. You will be given an orientation before you may begin exercising on your own. To get started, or for additional questions, call (815) 431-5650.