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Center for Healthy Living aims help East Texans maintain wellness

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

It's been a year in the making for the Northeast Texas Public Health District and the City of Tyler.

The newly-developed Center for Healthy Living, opened its doors Wednesday.

The new center is on the corner of Frankston Highway and Walton Road in Tyler.

It's a public health facility that will focus on health self-management, and will offer wellness programs.

Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass says East Texans need this new health clinic. 

"East Texas studies show we are not as healthy as other parts in the state. The cholesterol levels are higher, and the diabetes levels are higher," said Bass. "To have a center for healthy living is really critical to our community."

"If we can help people live healthier lives, perhaps when they won't need more expensive health care in the coming days," said George Roberts, CEO of NET Health. "That's our whole goal here. If we can help people get healthier, they can live healthier, more productive lives."

The center tries to do just that by providing basic screenings of things like blood glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, and weight management.

This building was formerly a fire station, and they are hoping to utilize every part of it.

"We are going to invite our immunization department here. We're talking about using the fire bay as a drive-thru immunization clinic. We think there's some novel things happening here," said Roberts.

The center will be offering self-management classes as well, and will use the kitchen for a diabetes focused cooking class.

The new conference room will serve as space for health coaching.

"This center will offer an opportunity for people to come in and learn what they need to do to take charge of their own health," said Bass. "They can be responsible for their health and feel better every day because they are part of the solution."

The new clinic is up and running and they do accepts walk-ins. The facility is open Monday- Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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