Lafayette-based occupational, physical therapist continuing ed course gets national approval
New program educates and empowers practitioners to offer ‘missing link in health bandwagon,’ establish new business sector in area of weight management
LAFAYETTE (August 11, 2015) – Lafayette’s Jill Hurley, an occupational therapist and owner of Healthe Habits for Living in the Oil Center and on Farrel Road in Lafayette, has recently gained national approval for the training occupational and physical therapists across the country in the obesity management program she and her staff have created.
Both the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy have approved the course as accredited for occupational and physical therapists. Rehab professionals have the unique opportunity to learn how to increase patient numbers and elevate their business from industry leader, Jill Hurley, during a two-day continuing education course, September 25-26, in Nashville. Hurley will share the various components of her Louisiana-based Healthē Habits for Living company’s obesity management program, which wholistically and comprehensively treats obesity and other chronic diseases.
The 13-hour course will cover statistics, best practices, assessment tools, nutrition and exercise guidelines and business protocol “secrets of success” from Hurley and her staff. The idea of treating the entire patient, to include obesity risks, in such a comprehensive manner, is uncharted territory from the OT and PT perspectives, and Hurley has established herself as a leader in this area during the last decade.
Nine years ago, Hurley set out on a personal journey toward wellness that lead her to question why, at age 41 and as a successful occupational therapist, she was experiencing her own medical issues related to high blood pressure. She has spent the last seven years fine tuning the obesity/chronic disease program utilizing the latest scientific evidence-based research from multiple disciplines including psychology, physiology, epidemiology, medicine, nutrition, occupational science and anthropology.
“While this approach may be fresh, it’s not new,” said Hurley. “The whole bariatric field uses psychologists, dietitians and exercise physiologists as part of the physician/surgeon’s team. Why not try an occupational therapist or physical therapist on the team?”
“We are trained to facilitate rehabilitation,” she said. “I’d go so far as to say that we are under-utilized professions. Occupational therapists and physical therapists are the missing link in the health bandwagon. Why are we not a go-to source when we can so often be the most effective solution?”
Unlike personal trainers, dietitians or traditional weight-loss programs, most insurance plans cover occupational therapy and physical therapy, and the program that Hurley and her staff will educate Nashville-area health professionals on will help them learn how to bridge the gaps that other medical disciplines, programs or therapies may be missing for their patients.
“Our job is to guide (patients) toward a path of wellness that they can maintain on their own,” said Kerry Hoffpauir, a physical therapist who works at Healthē Habits for Living. “We teach them to take back control of their health. Weight loss is usually a significant part of that picture, but it’s not the only thing. We consider each client’s individual needs to help them put the pieces of the puzzle together.”
By attending the course, participants will learn how to address weight management, pain management, nutrition, effective exercise, stress management and better facilitate communication with a patient’s health care team — treating the patient’s total wellbeing, rather than in the more specialized manner that therapists are accustomed to operating. Participants receive structured, well-researched curriculum to implement in their own practices via a take-home manual that has been carefully refined throughout seven years of success at Hurley’s Lafayette, Louisiana-based Healthē Habits practice.
For more information about the innovative program Healthē Habits has created or for the course they have created, call(337) 261-9188 or visit www.healthehabitsforliving.com. Special rates are available for advance registration through August 28 and for groups of two or more.
About Healthē Habits for Living:
Everyone is unique. Individual strengths and interests provide the key to helping one to succeed in their daily lives — working, playing, learning, and taking care of ourselves and our families. Healthē Habits’ mission is to train, coach and counsel individuals in appropriate and effective skills in exercise, basic nutrition and the mental strategies to develop and maintain these changes for life. When treating individuals, Healthē Habits takes a 360-degree approach based on the latest research to inspire and encourage a lifestyle change that will help you change the way you eat, think about eating, the way you move, and the way you handle stressors in your daily life.