CSHP’s Health Management department is comprised of a highly qualified team of educators, dietitians, and medical staff. We are committed to helping patients make changes that will improve their overall health, and enable them to lead healthier lives. Our programs are easily understood and provide:
- Consistent, up-to-date, and in-depth education about diseases with practical recommendations
- Communication during enrollment with both the participant and their primary or referring medical provider
- Participant accountability in participation and completion of the program
- Tools to be successful in lifestyle changes
- Group and one-on-one attention for ongoing support
- Networking opportunities with other participants
If you are interested in any of the Health Management programs, call (719) 635-5803. Most programs require a physician referral, and our staff will assist you in obtaining one.
Insurance: Many of the programs are covered entirely or in part by insurance. Please ask about insurance when you call, our staff will be able to assist you or provide you with the correct questions to ask your insurance company to determine coverage. Most insurance plans do not cover weight management programs, please check with your insurance company to verify coverage.
Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
This class is a collaborative effort by the CSHP’s Health Management and Pulmonology departments. During a 2 hour session, people with a diagnosis of either Asthma or COPD will learn about their disease, what trigger factors to avoid, and what medications are used in treatment. Each attendee will receive a Peak Flow Meter and learn how to use it and graph the results.
In addition, attendees will learn:
- Appropriate use of spacers with inhaled medications.
- The difference between daily/long term and quick relief/rescue medication
- Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) – what each test is and what the results indicate.
- Nutritional and diet aspects of lung disease
A physician referral is required. Please call (719) 635-5803 and we will assist you in getting started. For more information about our Pulmonology department, please click here
Heart Healthy Living
Heart healthy living is an education program designed to assist people who would like to better manage their cardiovascular risk. Conducted by Nurse Educators, Dietitians, and Physicians, our Heart Healthy program is composed primarily of group education sessions. During group sessions, you will:
- Learn about cardiovascular disease
- Understand heart attack warning signs
- Identify cardiovascular risks and your own personal risks
- Learn about choices that are healthy for your heart, such as modifiable risk factors, food guide pyramid, cholesterol, fats, and their effects on the body
- Learn about the role of cholesterol medications
- Visit with a Clinical Lipidologist
- Establish an action plan with one-on-one help from a Physician and dietitian
- Identify and track progress
A physician referral is required to enroll in this program. Prior to your first session, the Nurse Educator and Registered Dietitian will begin to develop a personalized action plan for you based on lab results and notes from your Primary Care Provider.
Classes are offered throughout the month. Please call (719) 635-5803 if you are interested, and we will help you get started.
Individual Lipid Consultations
If you cannot tolerate cholesterol medication, have high cardiovascular risk, or have multiple lipid abnormalities, you may benefit from an individual consultation with our board-certified Clinical Lipidologist,
Kari Uusinarkaus, M.D.
Each consultation begins with a 30-minute initial visit, where you will cover topics such as:
- Medical evaluation from a cardiovascular risk perspective
- Diet and exercise recommendations
- Lifestyle tips for improving risk factors
A physician referral is required to schedule a consultation. Please call 635-5803 if you are interested, and we will help you get started.
Diabetes is a disease that affects both children and adults. Insulin is a necessary hormone the body uses to convert food into usable energy. With Type I diabetes, the body no longer makes insulin so it must be taken daily as an injection. With Type II diabetes, the body cannot produce enough or effective insulin. Frequently Type II can be managed with oral medication, diet, and exercise. Diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Risk factors for diabetes include:
- High blood pressure
- A family history of diabetes
- Having gestational diabetes
- High cholesterol
- Being overweight and leading a fairly inactive lifestyle
Anyone experiencing the following symptoms should be screened for diabetes:
- Increased thirst and hunger
- Increased frequency of urination
- Weight loss and fatigue
- Flu like symptoms
- Fruity or sweet breath odor
If you are concerned about your risk factors or symptoms, contact your physician. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to significant health problems!
National Diabetes Prevention Program
Who is it for?
Those who have been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, or Prediabetes.
What is the Diabetes Prevention Program?
A one year program to prevent the development of type 2 Diabetes. You will work in partnership with CSHP's Health Management Team toward two goals: losing weight and being more active.
When does the program begin?
The next DPP begins Tuesday January 19th, 2016.
Where is it?
Classes will take place at Colorado Springs Health Partners Health Management Office: 1625 Medical Center Point, Suite 210, Colorado Springs, CO 80907 – From noon to 1pm every Tuesday for 16 weeks, then once a month for the rest of the year. Two additional DPP programs begin in April and August 2016 if you can’t make the first session.
Why should I participate?
Reaching your goal weight may prevent you from getting type 2 diabetes or heart disease. You will look better and feel better. Your health will improve.
How do I sign up?
Call CSHP’s Health Management Department at 719-635-5803 and ask about the Diabetes Prevention Program. We look forward to working with you!
How much does it cost?
The program cost is $125 for the year.
CDC Prediabetes Screening Test
➤ If your test answers indicate you may be at risk, call us today at 719-635-5803.
ADA Certified Diabetes Management & Education programs
Composed primarily of group appointment sessions. During these sessions, attendees are provided with education and one-on-one communication with Certified Diabetes Educators, Physician Assistant, and Registered Dietitians.
During group sessions, you will:
- Learn about diabetes
- Recognize low and high blood sugars
- Understand lab tests and results
- Understand the role of exercise
- Learn how to use glucose meters
- Create and follow action plans
- Receive nutritional information and education
- Learn the basics of carbohydrate counting
- Set up individual meal plans
- Learn about diabetes medications
- Understand how to manage sick days
- Be trained in foot care
- Identify complications
- Recognize the impact of stress and emotions
- Understand the relationship between diet/exercise/medications.
Additional sessions are scheduled periodically with a variety of topics and speakers. These include one-on-one time with Educators to review action plans and personal success. Classes are offered throughout the month. A physician referral is required to enroll in diabetes management programs. Please call (719) 635-5803 if you are interested, and we will help you get started.
In addition to group sessions, the Health Management department offers services including:
- Insulin pump dose adjustment
- Continuous glucose monitoring
Additional information about diabetes can be found at the following links:
Diabetes Alert (English and Spanish)
Are you at risk for Type II diabetes?
Other information about Diabetes
Medical Nutrition Consultation
Registered dietitians have extensive knowledge about how nutrition, foods, calories and eating habits can impact overall health as well as affect specific medical conditions.
One-on-one consultations with a registered dietitian are available for:
- Weight loss / weight gain
- Cholesterol management
- Carbohydrate counting for diabetes management
- Adolescent weight loss
- Celiac disease
- Nutrition during pregnancy
- and more!
A physician referral is required to schedule a consultation with a registered dietitian. Please call (719) 635-5803 and we will assist you in getting started.
Healthy Eating During Pregnancy
Healthy Eating for You and Your Baby is a group class designed to address the specific needs of pregnant women and their unborn child. Diet requirements, morning sickness and other issues that occur during the first trimester are discussed, but pregnant women at any stage are encouraged to attend.
A physician referral is not required to attend the pregnancy nutrition class.
Please call (719) 635-5803 to register for a class.
MEDIFIT! CSHP's Weight Loss Program
To schedule an appointment for weight loss: call 719-635-5803.
You must have a BMI of 27 or more with other medical problems or a BMI of 30 or more with or without medical problems. A physician referral is not required but may help with insurance reimbursement.
The provider may recommend one of the following options:
OPTIFAST Meal Replacement Program
- A complete meal replacement program using OPTIFAST shakes, bars, and soups
- High quality, complete nutrition
- Pre-portioned and calorie controlled servings
- Freedom from having to make food choices
- Medically supervised to closely monitor and assess your progress toward better health as you lose weight
- One year of weigh-ins and group lifestyle change classes
- Average weight loss of 2-7 pounds per week
- Personalized exercise prescription
- Medical appointment and lab work required to start
For more information about OPTIFAST: www.optifast.com
Patient Weight History Form
RX Weight Loss Medication
PREVENT Lifestyle Change Program
- Can be combined with OPTIFAST meal replacement, the PREVENT program, or used on its own
- Medical appointment required
Medicare Intensive Behavioral Therapy
- For anyone with a BMI of 25 or more
- 3 one-on-one visits with a registered dietitian to establish a meal plan
- One year of nutrition and lifestyle change classes
- The option to purchase OPTIFAST meal replacement products
- No medical appointment required to start
- Medicare beneficiaries only, must have BMI 30+
- Weekly one-on-one appointments for the first month
- Group classes every other week for months 2-6
- Reassess for an additional 6 months of once a month, one-on-one appointments, patient must have 3kg weight loss within the first 6 months
- Free for patients: co-pay/deductible and coinsurance waived
Patient Forms and Information
Patient Weight History Form
OPTIFAST Food Diary
1200 kCal Diet
Recommended Reading List
Apps For A Healthier You
2 peeled garlic cloves
¼ cup tahini (roasted sesame-seed paste)
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
½ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp teaspoon salt
1 (19 oz) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
Drop garlic through food chute with food processor on (or use a blender) until minced.
Add tahini and remaining ingredients; process 30 seconds or until smooth, scraping sides occasionally. Yield: 8 servings (serving size: about ¼ cup)
1 cup finely diced strawberries
1 cup finely diced unpeeled Granny Smith apple
½ cup finely diced mango
2 Tbsp orange juice
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon sugar
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, tossing to coat. Cover and chill 2 hours. Yield: 8 servings – ¼ cup each
Veggies in a Blanket
Makes 2 large roll-ups
2 whole wheat flour tortillas
2 Tbsp cream cheese
1 grated carrot
2 lettuce leaves (or handful of baby spinach leaves)
Warm tortillas in a dry pan. Spread cream cheese on them. Add carrots and lettuce or spinach. Roll up and serve or wrap in plastic wrap for snacking later.
Variations: Add thin sticks of cucumber or sweet red pepper before rolling.
A quick and easy whole-grain side dish. Enjoy with hummus in a pita sandwich for complete vegetarian protein. Very easy to adapt - use quinoa instead of bulghur, add feta cheese, and any other vegetables or herbs you have on hand.
1 cup bulghur wheat
1 ½ cups boiling water
Juice of 1-2 lemons
¼ cup olive oil
½ cup minced red onion
1 bunch of flat leaf parsley and/or mint chopped
1 cucumber, diced
2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
1-2 tsp coarse salt
1 tsp black pepper
In a large bowl, pour the boiling water over the bulghur. Stir in lemon juice, olive oil, 1 tsp salt, and let stand for 1 hour. Add chopped onion, parsley, mint, tomatoes, and cucumber and season with salt and pepper to taste. Flavor improves with time!
Sources: Cooking Light, The Ultimate Kid-Approved Cookbook. 2011. Carolyn Land Williams, M.Ed., R.D. Time Home Entertainment.
1625 Medical Center Point, Suite 210
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907