UCF Health, the College of Medicine clinical practice, is starting group patient visits for those looking to improve their health — and get support from others in the process.
The group visits are designed to help patients with metabolic syndrome.
Sharon Wasserstrom, the clinic’s lifestyle medicine expert, will begin the group visits on Oct. 13 for patients with metabolic syndrome — a group of five conditions that can lead to heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other health problems.
Patients in the program will be enrolled in six total group visits on the second and fourth Friday of the month from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at UCF Health’s Lake Nona Location, 9975 Tavistock Lakes Blvd, Orlando, FL 32827.
“Our goal is to help patients empower themselves to improve their health,” Wasserstrom says. “In a group setting, people facing the same challenges can inspire each other and grow.”
Metabolic syndrome is diagnosed when someone has three or more of these risk factors or is on drug treatment for that risk factor:
- High blood glucose (sugar)
- Large waist circumference or “apple-shaped” body
- High levels of triglycerides in the blood
- Low levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol in the blood
- High blood pressure
UCF Health expects the program to expand and serve patients with other conditions that can be improved or even eliminated through lifestyle changes. Such group visits have been used in medicine for patients suffering from breast cancer, stroke, depression and menopause.
To be considered for the program, patients must first have a consultation with Wasserstrom. To schedule an appointment, please call the clinic at 407-266-3627 (DOCS). Existing patients of Wasserstrom’s should call the clinic and ask to enroll. To learn more about lifestyle medicine care at UCF Health, visit ucfhealth.com/our-services/lifestyle-medicine/.
- Contact Person:
- UCF Health
- (407) 266-3627
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- UCF Marketing