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Washtenaw County Public Health Launches New “Wise Choices” Program—Enroll Today!

Wise Choices helps Washtenaw County residents make healthy changes by setting small goals. To enroll, call Washtenaw County Public Health at 734-544-6700 and ask for Wise Choices.

Washtenaw County Public Health is pleased to announce that it has launched Wise Choices. Wise Choices provides free health screenings and support to help income-eligible men and women, insured or uninsured, make small, healthy changes in their lives. 

“This is a great opportunity to support individuals in the community as they make a conscious choice to be healthier and set realistic goals,” says Program Administrator Ruth Kraut. “The Wise Choices program was also implemented at the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, where they have seen overwhelmingly positive results among their participants. We are all excited to start the program in Washtenaw County.”

Wise Choices Logo 2The Wise Choices program consists of a brief health intake screening, goal-setting and planning, and consistent follow-up with a community navigator.

Studies have shown that setting small, specific, short-term goals increases the likelihood of success, as opposed to setting big, broad, long-term goals. Participants in Wise Choices decide which behavior they want to focus on to improve their health. These behaviors could be anything from eating more fruits and vegetables, to going on a 15 minute walk three days per week, to being more diligent about taking their blood pressure medication. Motivational interviewing techniques are then used to increase participants’ commitment and motivation to making a healthy behavior change.

The community navigator serves as a liaison between Washtenaw County Public Health, Wise Choices participants, and community resources. Community navigators may provide participants with referrals to community-based lifestyle programs, including a weight loss program called Taking off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) or the Diabetes Prevention Program.

Enroll Today

To enroll in the program or for more information, call Washtenaw County Public Health at 734-544-6700 and ask for Wise Choices. Participants must be 18 or older and have a maximum yearly income of 400 percent of the poverty level. For a family of four, 400 percent of the poverty level is $98,000 a year. For a single individual, it is $48,240 a year.

You can find a printable flyer for the Wise Choices program here. Wise Choices is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the state of Michigan.

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