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Okanagan leads first free health coaching program in Canada

We are all Stronger Together

It’s tough dealing with physical health issues like diabetes or chronic pain. Managing mental health can also be a struggle during the winter, especially for those trying to parent or care for others while keeping themselves grounded and healthy.

It’s easy to feel alone.

Throw a global pandemic into the mix, with people in isolation, and the struggle is magnified.

That’s why Kelowna-based digital health company Curatio has created the Stronger Together program in partnership with UBC, Cloud DX and Penticton MD Dr. Michelle Scheepers. The Curatio platform matches patients to health programs, coaching, daily content, virtual tele-health visits, remote monitoring devices and most importantly, a private way to connect with other people going through the same thing. Curatio is an award-winning free app used by patients and families in more than 100 countries, and trusted for its privacy and regulatory compliance.

“With COVID-19, we have all experienced social isolation and know how it feels to be isolated and without support. We created the Stronger Together program to give people a way to stay healthy and connected. These are programs and supports especially for people during COVID-19,” Curatio founder Lynda Brown-Ganzert says. “So whether you’re parenting at home, living with diabetes or awaiting surgery, there is a whole suite of programs, coaching and supports that help you manage during this time, all in a private, secure environment.”

There are limited spaces available in the free program, which will feature coaching, counselling, virtual visits, private peer-to-peer social networking and remote patient monitoring kits. Curatio is inviting patients, parents and caregivers to take advantage of this free support by signing up for one of the limited spots during the month of January.

Once you sign up, you will receive an email with instructions to access your Stronger Together app, where you will have access to support right in the palm of your hand for the rest of winter.

“It’s a pretty special offer,” Brown-Ganzert says, “so we’re excited about it and would love to spread the word. We’re thrilled to bring it to the Okanagan region and to enable people to participate.”

The programs in the Stronger Together app are all evidence-based and are developed in partnership with clinicians and medical experts. Stronger Together will cover a wide variety of issues, including mental health, cancer, parenting, diabetes and heart health—just to name a few.

“There’s something there for everybody,” Brown-Ganzert says.

Behind it all will be Curatio’s belief that social support can go a long way in helping a patient’s physical health. That was the thinking when Brown-Ganzert incorporated Curatio more than seven years ago.

“Imagine going into surgery, and you’re trying to do all that research yourself,” Brown-Ganzert says. “You’re trying to ask your friends if anyone else has had this surgery. You’re trying to remember what it is you need to do. Or you might want to make some lifestyle changes before surgery like quitting smoking or losing weight.

“This rollout is really nicely timed with the new year, when we think about those goals. This is a tool that can help support you in those goals that you want to achieve in a super safe, private, supportive environment.”

Visit www.curatio.me/strongertogether to select your free program. Limited spots are available.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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