The promise of losing weight or feeling healthy in six months sounds like the tagline for a fad diet, but the ACT — Achieve, Conquer, Thrive — program at Good Shepherd Medical Center puts science and experience behind its claims.

“It’s really focused on lifestyle change,” said Cassandra Zabel, and educator at the Good Shepherd Diabetes and Nutrition Center. “There are no special products to buy. We just want to help people along the path to creating lifestyle changes and preventing chronic disease.”

ACT is a six-month, individualized program that includes twice-monthly group classes and twice-monthly individual appointments.

Good Shepherd will subsidize 90 percent of the cost, so a 30-minute session will cost patients $4 and an hour-long session will cost $8. The program requires neither insurance billing nor physician referral. There is no upfront cost and classes are on a “pay as you go” model.

“It’s a self-referral program,” Zabel said. “Anyone who wants to give us a call can.”

Each session is limited to 20 people, but Zabel said the center plans to roll out classes on an ongoing basis.

Anyone interested can call the diabetes and nutrition center at 541-667-3517.

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