Metabolic Wellness Program

Metabolic syndrome is a group of specific health conditions that increases your risk of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes. You can have one of these risk factors by itself, but they tend to occur together.

Metabolic syndrome is defined as having three or more of the following risk factors, including traits you are taking medications to control:

  • High triglyceride level (>=150mg/dL)
  • Low HDL cholesterol (<40mg/dL in men and <50mg/dL in women)
  • Increased blood pressure (>=130/85mmHg)
  • Large waist (>40 inches in men and >35 inches in women)
  • Elevated fasting blood sugar (>=100mg/dL)

Your risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke increases with the number of metabolic risk factors you have. The risk of having metabolic syndrome has been closely linked to:

  • Overweight/obesity
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Insulin resistance (a condition in which the body doesn’t use insulin properly) 

Metabolic syndrome is increasingly common, and up to one-third of U.S. adults have it. If you have metabolic syndrome or any of its components, aggressive lifestyle changes can reverse or prevent the development of serious health problems.

Can the Spectrum Health Metabolic Wellness Program help?

Yes, we can! Once a referral is received, from your physician or you, you will be contacted by a member of the cardiac rehabilitation team and an orientation for the program will be scheduled. During this appointment, you will meet with a certified exercise physiologist to talk about what you need most, what goals you have and what your challenges are.

How does it work?

We follow a team-based approach, using a variety of staff members to ensure you have the best outcomes possible. Based on the information you provide during your orientation visit, your individualized exercise program will be designed. Your metabolic wellness program will include: 

  • Up to three group exercise sessions per week
  • Two group education classes per week
  • Nutrition information
  • Behavior modification resources
  • Stress management tools 

You will have an opportunity to schedule a one-on-one consultation with a member of our preventive cardiology team if you would like additional information and resources. This team includes a preventive cardiologist, a clinical health psychologist and a clinical dietician/nutritionist.

Additional information

We offer two program options, one lasting six weeks and one lasting 12 weeks. Our programs are not a covered benefit of insurance. Contact us to learn about program costs, or to enroll in a program.

Our location

2902 Bradford Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525