• MyMichigan Now Offering Pivio, A Virtual Health Improvement Program, to Patients

    MyMichigan Health
    News Release

    For Immediate Release
    October 23, 2023

    MIDLAND, Mich.
    MyMichigan Health is now offering Pivio, a sustainable, healthy lifestyle medicine program, to patients with cardiovascular disease. The program consists of 12 weeks rooted in behavior change techniques that will help participants learn and set lifelong healthy habits. Pivio is held virtually; during the first six weeks, the group will meet twice per week, and once per week for the second six weeks.

    “Everyone is a good candidate for lifestyle medicine,” said Jennifer Felten, R.N., B.S.N., project manager, lifestyle medicine, MyMichigan Health. “The majority of adults in the United States have at least one lifestyle factor that can be improved that will ultimately benefit their overall health or assist in managing a chronic disease or condition. During the Pivio program, participants will learn healthy, lasting habits that will bring about long-term, positive health results.”

    Lifestyle medicine is built on six pillars. They include a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, regular physical activity, adequate sleep and rest, stress management, avoidance of risky substances and meaningful social connection. The Pivio program uses these pillars to guide participants toward a sustainable plan of action that can be applied to daily life.

    “Pivio is intended to be a complement to your medical care, not to replace it,” said Felten. “The program does not replace any care you’re already receiving or appointments you may have. I encourage you to talk to your health care provider if you think that this program may be a good fit for you.”
    Currently, the program is being offered to patients with cardiovascular disease, which includes those with a history of stroke, valvular heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, atrial fibrillation, atherosclerotic heart disease, coronary artery disease or heart failure.
    Participants are required to complete a biometric screening and lab work prior to enrolling in the program. The program is partially funded through a grant received by the Physician Associates of MidMichigan Community Medical Foundation, and is being offered at a discounted cost of $250.
    Those interested in learning more about Pivio may sign up for an information session by visiting www.mymichigan.org/pivioinfosession, or calling MyMichigan Health Line at (989) 837-9090. 
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    MyMichigan Health, a non-profit health system headquartered in Midland, Michigan, is a leader in providing award-winning, high-quality care to the 25-county region it serves. With Medical Centers in Alma, Alpena, Clare, Gladwin, Midland, Mt. Pleasant, Sault Ste. Marie and West Branch, MyMichigan also has affiliations with Medical Centers in St. Ignace* and Mackinac Island*. MyMichigan Health provides a full continuum of care across a wide array of settings, including urgent care centers, home health, virtual care, as well as medical offices in more than 80 specialties and subspecialties including cardiology, family medicine, hematology/oncology, neurosciences, orthopedics, pediatrics, vascular surgery, and more. MyMichigan Health demonstrates its commitment to the future of medicine by partnering with leading institutions to offer medical education programs that train medical students, physicians, nurse practitioner and physician assistant students, nursing students and other clinical experts for our region. Recognized by Forbes in 2022 and 2023 as one of ‘America’s Best Employers by State,’ MyMichigan is a major employer in all of the areas it serves. In fact, its more than 10,180 employees, volunteers, health care providers and other personnel work together to create healthy communities through solutions designed to meet the ever-changing needs of the 981,000 residents in the health system’s 25-county service area. In fiscal year 2022, MyMichigan Health provided $132 million in community benefits, as well as supported its patients and families with new equipment, services and programs with funds raised by the MyMichigan Health Foundation.
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