Florida Hospital appreciated the opportunity to present at the October AWRF Conference in D.C.! We hope our Healthy 100 introduction and workplace wellness toolkit was meaningful to you not only as an individual, but as a leader within your organization. We applaud you for integrating the Health component into your industry and respective organizations. Florida Hospital is here to help you on your journey to a Healthy 100 by providing you with resources and tools that will inform educate, motivate and sustain your health and wellness goals. Here are some key messages from the October 2nd program:
Key Ingredients for a Successful Worksite Wellness Program
• Accurate assessment of needs
• Closely tied to organizational mission and values
• Strong employee engagement (incentives and/or promotion)
• Realistic wellness business plan with adequate resources
• Selection of appropriate interventions
• Creating and nurturing a supportive environment
• A strong champion
• Evaluate & measure – report outcomes
The remainder of this article will help you on your Healthy 100 journey by further introducing you to the 8 Secrets of a Healthy 100.
Commit to Your Healthy 100 Journey!
Did you know that today the US has more centenarians than any other country on earth? More than 70,000 people here can say they’ve reached the golden age of 100. The revolutionary advancements in medicine they have witnessed over the last century have certainly helped the population of 100-year olds grow both here and abroad, yet many are far less dependent on it than you might think. For places throughout the world where populations are living longer, people are also living better. In cities like Okinawa Japan, Ovodda Sardina, and Loma Linda California– three places throughout the world where people are living the longest – healthy lifestyles prevail. Common between all of them is a mostly vegetarian diet, regular activity incorporated into daily life and a heavy emphasis on family and community. Health of the mind, body and spirit is also how we (Florida Hospital) have practiced medicine and extended the healing mission to the patients of our hospital for more than a century and more recently to people beyond our doors.
Inspired by places like Loma Linda (residents are largely Seventh day Adventists) we’ve begun to rethink and reshape our efforts in helping to build healthier communities both locally and worldwide. With today’s rising health challenges, stemming mainly from unhealthy life choices, educating d our surrounding communities and beyond providing proper resources to help people make the right choices is paramount. After all, the best way to combat disease is to prevent it from every happening. From this philosophy the Healthy 100 initiative was born. With it, we are encouraging everyone – from our own staff to our patients, to community leaders and area businesses, and even entire cities – to subscribe to preventative measures that promote a healthy lifestyle. Through Healthy 100.org we are helping people gain a greater understanding of how longer; fuller lives can be achieved through simple, reasonable changes. The foundation of our movement is based upon eight principles: Choice, Rest, Environment, Activity, Trust Interpersonal Relationships, Outlook and Nutrition. Known as the CREATION Health Breakthrough, these fundamentals provide a road map for living to a Healthy 100 years of age:
Choice is the first step toward improved health because people who believe they are in control over their own lives are healthier and live longer.
Rest is good sleep and also taking time to relax. Relaxation lowers blood pressure and reduces stress.
Environment is our external world but also affects what happens within us for the better or worst.
Activity includes physical and mental conditioning. Our goal is to be active in mind, body and spirit.
Trust in God speaks to the relationship between spirituality and healing.
Interpersonal relationships strengthen our well being. Social connection fortifies our resolve and improves our health.
Outlook creates our reality. Our mind influences our body and our attitude impacts our health.
Nutrition is the fuel that drives the whole system. Small improvements and strategic substitutions produce profound results.
Visit www.healthy100.org for great wellness articles, recipes, videos, and more. You can also find great health and wellness information on current health topics at our blog spot, www. floridahospital.com/blog. And if you’re stuck at your desk for lunch or just looking for easy recipes to fit a healthier lifestyle, watch Florida Hospital’s webbased cooking show – Lunch and Learn LIVE (www.lunchandlearnlive.com). We feature guest chefs every month and prepare easy, delicious, health-inspired cuisine that you can put on your table in 20 minutes or less. If you can’t watch live, you can find past episodes and all of our recipes at www.lunchandlearnlive.blogspot.com .