Michigan Occupational Therapy Association


MiOTA - Keynote Addess

Finding a Balance for Healthy Practice

Keynote Address:

"Healthy Habits for Living"

Jill Hurley OTR, CHT
    In 2008, Ms. Hurley developed and started a private occupational therapy practice, Healthe Habits for Living, in Lafayette, LA to help individuals reach and maintain healthy lifestyles.  In 2015 she created/taught a 15 hour continuing education course for her PT and OT peers - “Weight Loss – The Next Therapy Frontier”.  Since then, her company has grown to include multiple licensed facilities providing the Health Habits for Living program across the country.  Her education includes a BS of Psychology (Louisiana State University, 1987), BS of Occupational Therapy (University of Southern California, 1989), Certified Hand Therapist (1995) ACE Lifestyle and Weight Management certification (2008), USC’s Lifestyle Redesign Life Advisor training (2008), SBA’s 2011 Women in Business Champion for Louisiana, in 2015 Louisiana Senate selected HHL as Small Business of the Week and she had a Poster presentation at the AOTA 2018 National Conference. 
    Jill Hurley OTR, CHT is a native of Lafayette, LA.  She has been an Occupational Therapist since 1990.  She is the owner and founder of Health, Habits for Living which opened its doors in Lafayette, LA to its first clients in June 2008.   This unique practice setting focuses on individualized evaluation, assessment, and treatment of clients with obesity and other chronic diseases affecting their activities of daily living. This specialized treatment includes training, coaching and counseling individuals in appropriate and effective skills in exercise, basic non-medical nutrition and the mental/behavioral strategies needed to make lifestyle changes.

    In addition to extensive continuing education courses (like the Lifestyle and Weight Management Certification from the American Council on Exercise, Life Advisor training from the Lifestyle Redesign Center at USC in Los Angeles), Jill’s background includes Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Louisiana State University in 1987 and Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California in 1989.   Jill has also been a Certified Hand Therapist since 1995.  In 2011 the Small Business Administration awarded Ms. Hurley the Women in Business Champion for Louisiana, and in 2015  the Louisiana Senate selected Health Habits for Living as Small Business of the Week.  Most recently, Ms. Hurley presented a Poster presentation at the AOTA 2018 National Conference. 
Currently, Jill is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Louisiana Occupational Therapy Association, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, The Obesity Society, and Obesity Medicine Association.

    Jill enjoys skiing, running, hiking, cycling, sailing, travel and spending time with her husband, Mark, her family and friends, and her new puppy.


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