Penrose-St. Francis Healthy Neighborhood Project Huge Success

In January 2010, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, WellCenters and the Old North End Neighborhood (ONEN) made it their mission to invite more than 1,500 residents who live in the neighborhood to live healthier, more active lifestyles. The result was the "Healthy Neighborhood Project," a free eight-month program that offered before and after biometric screenings and health risk assessments, goals for health improvement, online action plans, health coaching, health and wellness classes, health challenges and activity points redeemable for prizes to keep participants motivated.

"There is nothing more compassionate, more effective, and more rewarding than to be part of a team that supports wellness rather than just treats illness," said Margaret Sabin, President and CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. "I'm extremely proud of the participants in the Healthy Neighborhood Project. It shows that through education and support, we can help change the way people think about health care and lead the way to a more wellness-oriented mindset."

The Results:
The statistics tell the story best.

Total number of participants
January 2010 (pre-screening): 289
August 2010 (post-screening): 203
(over 70 percent stayed with the program and returned for the post-screening in August. Data below is based on the 203 returning participants.)

Percentage of individuals in the healthy category
January 2010 - 61 percent
August 2010 - 84 percent

Percentage of individuals in the moderate risk category
January 2010 - 32 percent
August 2010 - 15 percent

Percentage of individuals in high risk category
January 2010 - 7 percent
August 2010 - 1 percent.

Additional Successes
Total number of pounds lost: 1,053
Total number of inches lost: 68.1

What the participants had to say:
This program changed my husband! Best program we ever participated in!"

Great experience! I learned a lot and I definitely made a positive impact on my lifestyle."

The best thing that happened to me physically in 20 years."

It allowed me to achieve a success that would have been impossible other wise."

Whats next:
The neighbors are proud of one another and continue to work together to promote health and wellness in their neighborhood community. The Old North End Neighborhood has created a wellness committee and will continue to receive information from Penrose-St. Francis about upcoming classes and events.


About Penrose-St. Francis Health Services
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is a full-service, 522-bed acute care facility offering a full complement of emergency, medical and surgical services. Penrose-St. Francis was named was of Americas 50 Best Hospitals" for 2008, 2009 and 2010 by HealthGrades, the only recipient in Colorado. Penrose-St. Francis is part of Centura Health, Colorados largest hospital and health care network delivering advanced care to more than half a million people each year, across 13 hospitals, seven senior living communities, medical clinics, Flight For Life and home care and hospice services. Penrose-St. Francis and Centura's strength lies in the ability to offer a team of connected networks and shared resources to deliver accessible, reliable and cost-effective health care across the state. For more information about Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, visit or the Media Room at

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