Community Education

Otsego Memorial Hospital offers a number of on-going health education programs, as well as seminars offered in response to community need. Please see our calendar of events for upcoming classes and support groups.

Healthy Lifestyles

Healthy Lifestyles is a diabetes prevention program that works by promoting good health. This group-based, year long program is designed to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes through simple lifestyle adjustments and monitoring.

You’re not alone. This CDC-designed program will provide you with both a Lifestyle Coach and a group to support you. You will spend the year-long program with people who are facing the same challenges and trying to make the same changes as you.

An hour isn’t long. The time commitment is actually very manageable. The program is split into two phases. The first four months consist of hour long sessions held once a week. The final six sessions occur once a month.

Two main goals. With the help of your new team, you will learn to incorporate healthier eating and moderate physical activity into your daily life. The hope is to lose 7% of your starting body weight and incorporate 150 minutes of physical activity each week.

This program is proven to help people lose weight and lower their risk of type 2 diabetes by 58%

Getting Started

If you are an adult who is overweight, have a family history of diabetes, been diagnosed with prediabetes by a healthcare professional, or scored 9 or higher on the prediabetes screening widget, you may be at risk of type 2 diabetes.

For just $60 you can get started on your new healthy lifestyle. Scholarships are available.

Call our Community Health Education Coordinator today to get scheduled for your group class.
(989) 731-7718


Additional Programs

  • Advance Directive

    April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions day and we would like to encourage employees to consider completing their advance directives. Recording your health care choices can be invaluable if you are ever in a situation where someone else has to make decisions for you. Provide your family/friends with this gift of information so they could confidently honor your wishes if the need arose. Patient advocate forms are available at the hospital information desk and at all the physician offices or you can download the Advance Directive and Patient Advocate Form from here.

    Download the Advance Directive and Patient Advocate Form
  • Breastfeeding Class, Support, and Consultation

    The OMH Birthing Center offers a breastfeeding class several times throughout the year. Partners are encouraged to attend. For more information, please call (989) 731-2111. Breastfeeding mothers may contact our experienced nursing staff at any time with questions about breastfeeding, or about postpartum breastfeeding concerns. Please call (989) 731-2112 to speak with a nurse regarding your concerns.

    Visit the Events page for details on our next class
  • Childbirth Education

    A variety of courses, taught by an OMH Birthing Center registered nurse, are offered to expectant parents throughout the year. In addition to learning Lamaze breathing exercises, muscle tone exercises, and relaxation techniques, new parents will also receive instruction on caring for the new baby, breastfeeding, postpartum care of mom, Cesarean birth, testing done during the third trimester, nutrition, labor and delivery, and a tour of the OMH Birthing Center. The cost is $80 per couple. Registration is encouraged by the 20th week of pregnancy. Please register early.

    Why should you sign up for childbirth education classes?

    • Increase your chances for a healthy baby.
    • Get support from healthcare providers and other pregnant women.
    • Learn to make smart choices for you and your unborn baby.
    • Learn to take care of yourself.
    • Learn about your unborn baby.
    • You will have lots of questions as your body changes.
    • Learn when to call your healthcare provider or the Otsego Memorial Hospital Birthing Center.
    • Plan now for your birth.
    • Learn to take care of your body after delivery.
    • Find out how to feed and take care of your newborn.

    Sign up for class on our Events page.

    We also offer the Childbirth Preparation Class online for $50.

    For more information, please call (989) 731-2154.

    Download the Journey to Parenthood PDF
  • Car Seat Safety

    An important parental responsibility begins with the selection and proper installation of a child safety seat. This responsibility begins the moment you bring your baby home and continues every car ride thereafter. To schedule an inspection or for more information about this service, call (989) 731-2111.

  • Diabetes Education

    Diabetes education is an important part of successfully managing diabetes. At OMH we are pleased to provide a certified and recognized Diabetes Self-Management Education program taught by a certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian. Topics covered include: diet, exercise and activity, glucose monitoring and medications, as well as an overview of what diabetes is and other self-care recommendations.

    Classes are offered monthly, individual sessions as needed, and are covered by most insurances. Contact Jill Moore, RN, CDE at (989) 731-7872 to register or for more information. Information on diabetes may also be found at the Northern Michigan Diabetes Initiative website.

  • Freedom from Smoking Online

    The American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking program, which already has helped thousands of smokers quit for good, is now available online!

    Freedom From Smoking Online is an interactive course designed to educate and modify the behavior patterns of a smoker. The cessation program can be accessed day or night, 7 days a week, on any schedule the smoker chooses. No waiting lists in this program — it's ready whenever a smoker wants to start the process of quitting, and it's free of charge.

    Freedom From Smoking Online, like all Freedom From Smoking materials , is based on developing positive behavior change, building a support network, and focusin on effective relaxation and weight loss strategies after quitting.

    For more information, visit online, or call 1-800-LUNG-USA. To register for the clinic, click here.

  • LEAP

    LEAP (Learning to Eat right, get Active, and reach your Potential) is a program designed to provide support and education to children whose weight and activity level places them at a risk for premature diseases such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, elevated lipids, or other chronic conditions.

    Normal growth and development are supported during the duration of the program, while ultimately trying to decrease the Body Mass Index (BMI). The program is designed for children ages 2 to 18.

    For more information about the program, please call the OMH Family Practice office at (989) 731-7860.

  • Speakers Bureau

    Professional healthcare providers are available to speak to groups and businesses on a variety of health topics. For more information, please call the OMH Community Health Education Coordinator at (989) 731-7718.

    Visit the Events Calendar for our upcoming speaking events
  • Wellness Wednesday

    Wellness Wednesday is a Walk-In Health Screening that is offered on the first Wednesday of most months in the main hospital lobby. This screening includes:

    • Total Cholesterol
    • HDL
    • Glucose Level
    • Body Mass Index (BMI) Score
    • Body Muscle & Fat Percentage
    • Blood Pressure & Heart Rate
    • Triglycerides & LDL (if fasting)

    Participants will receive all results and a screening card at the time of the screening. Results take about 15 minutes and include a personalized health consultation by an OMH Registered Nurse. The cost of this screening is only $15 per person.

    Contact the Community Health Education Office at (989) 731-7718 to learn more.

    Visit our events calendar
  • Worksite Wellness

    Worksite Wellness is an onsite health screening that is offered at the convenience of your worksite. This screening includes the following:

    • Cardiovascular Disease:
    • Blood Pressure
    • Heart Rate Blood
    • Glucose Level
    • Total Cholesterol
    • High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) Level
    • Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) Level (if fasting)
    • Triglyceride Level (if fasting)
    • HDL / Total Cholesterol Ratio
    • Body Mass Index
    • Obesity:
    • Body Mass Index
    • Body Fat and Muscle Percentages
    • Diabetes:
    • Blood Glucose
    • Body Mass Index
    • Body Fat and Muscle Percentages

    Participants will receive all results and a screening card at the time of the screening. Results take about 15 minutes and includes a personalized health consultation by an OMH Registered Nurse. All results are completely confidential. Basic screening costs are $15 per person. Custom programs can vary in cost. Flu and Pneumonia vaccines are also available for an additional charge.

    Contact the Community Health Education Office at (989) 731-7718 to set up your business screening.

    Download the Informational PDF
  • Free Safe Needle Drop Off

    Only available during Wellness Wednesdays (First Wednesday of every month)

    • Sharps are only to be accepted in a puncture-proof container
    • Pills and liquids not accepted

    If an FDA-cleared container is not available, some organizations and community guidelines recommend using a heavy-duty plastic household container as an alternative. The container should be leak-resistant, remain upright during use and have a tight fitting, puncture-resistant lid, such as a plastic laundry detergent container.

    Household containers should also have the same basic features of a good sharps disposal container:

    • Made of a heavy-duty plastic
    • Able to close with a tight-fitting, puncture-resistant lid, without sharps being able to come out
    • Upright and stable during use
    • Leak-resistant
    • Properly labeled to warn of hazardous waste inside the container.
    Safe Needle Drop Off Available at Every Wellness Wednesday