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Mentoring Works! 

“When I mentor others, it also encourages me to stay on track”. This statement resounded from several GHP mentors in the past.

Patients who have participated in the mentor program often share how much the support, accountability and encouragement offered by their mentors helped them to make healthy lifestyle changes. 

The Grand Health Partners Mentor Program started five years ago as a result of patient feedback.  Patients had been asking for a program that would connect patients who were struggling and desiring help to patients who had already gone through bariatric surgery or the medical weight loss program. Five years later, we have twenty-five surgical and medical program patients who have volunteered to be mentors and we have received over 300 mentor requests!

The definition of a mentor is: a coach or a guide who is willing to spend his or her time and expertise to guide the development of another person. This definition accurately describes our volunteer mentors.  They are individuals who are striving to make healthy lifestyle changes themselves and are willing to share their experiences, as well as their time and energy, to encourage others on the same journey to health. 
Mentors connect with mentees through texts, emails and phone calls to offer encouragement and support.  Often, mentors and mentees who live in the Grand Rapids area meet at topic and support groups held at Grand Health Partners.  As a whole staff, we are incredibly grateful for our mentors who are able to share their expertise of having experienced the lifestyle changes that accompany bariatric surgery and medical weight loss.  

Making a healthy lifestyle change is challenging and requires an enormous amount of support and energy.  Knowing that you are not alone in making the changes makes this journey much more enjoyable!

If you are interested in utilizing the expertise and support of a mentor, or if you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact one of our behaviorists: Kristie DiLaura at kdilaura@grandhealthpartners.com or Lora Grabow at lgrabow@grandhealthpartners.com.  We would love to connect you with the support and encouragement of a mentor.

Article by: Kristie DiLaura, GHP Behaviorist

 

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