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Novi Resident Stays Healthy With Botsford’s Help

Farmington Hills, MI (February 2, 2007)--- Julie Brown, a Novi resident, has always had a connection with Botsford Hospital. She was born there 37 years ago, and she has always seen Botsford doctors. Any surgical procedures or emergency care has taken place at Botsford. In addition, her mom has worked there for over 20 years.

Julie understands the importance of taking care of her health. Because of her risk for diabetes (her father and grandmother have the condition) and a battle with weight issues, she talked to her physician (Deirdre Wickham, D.O.) about seeing a dietitian. Julie says, “The fear of diabetes, or worse, made me decide to see a dietitian. Denise Holmes, my dietitian at Botsford, has taught me so much about a healthy diet.”

The biggest thing that helped Julie to start losing weight was exercising. She started with the treadmill and weight machines. Julie says, “It took me awhile because of my stubbornness, but I eventually started using the stairmaster and the elliptical machines. This, combined with my eating plan from Denise, is what has given me my current success- I’ve lost 30 pounds. I know it’s what will also work with my future goals.”

In order to keep with her future goals, Julie has decided to maintain her exercise program by joining the Botsford Center for Health Improvement in Novi. “The staff at Botsford has banned together to form a ‘team’ of fitness and nutrition experts to help me maintain my program, which was never easy in the past. Losing weight wasn’t easy, but nothing worth having is. I guess what keeps me going is the fear of letting down my ‘team’ as well as myself.”

The Botsford Center for Health Improvement (BCHI) is the first medical model fitness center in Metro Detroit. More than a health club, BCHI offers a “medical model” approach to all of its programs, integrating fitness, lifestyle and behavior management with medical and clinical practices. BCHI offers a full spectrum of care with certified professionals who design personalized programs in weight management, risk factor reduction, stress management, pre- and post-natal exercise, arthritis, disease management and more. Membership amenities at the center include an aquatics center with a warm-water therapeutic and lap pool, aerobics center with floating floor to reduce strain on joints, tai-chi, yoga, pilates, and spinning classes, a walking track and spacious locker rooms.

For more information on the Botsford Center for Health Improvement, please call (248) 473-3100.

Botsford Hospital, an independent, acute care, 330-bed community hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2005 Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders award and the 2005 Governor’s Award of Excellence for Improving Care in the Hospital and Emergency Department Settings. Botsford’s Web address is

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