Wednesday, June 30, 2021
CMO Message - Lifestyle Coaching
Most people would say that lifestyle change is hard. I would argue that bearing the burden of not making lifestyle changes is even harder.
Through years of unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as consuming too much sugar, using tobacco, drinking too much alcohol, sedentary activity, sleep deprivation, and experiencing high stress; our bodies start to rebel. We gain weight, blood sugar and blood pressure creep up, plaques develop in our arteries, and fatty deposits build up in the liver. While we might feel ok, our bodies are definitely not ok.
If this process continues and chronic diseases set in, the frequent doctors visits, taking daily medications, medical bills, and worrying about health complications can take a huge toll on quality of life. However, in the early stages of common chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, abnormal cholesterol levels, and high blood pressure; living a healthier lifestyle can reverse these conditions without medications. Even mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression can be dramatically improved through lifestyle changes alone. Making improvements in how we live now can save us from greater challenges down the road.
If you are interested in living a healthier lifestyle, you don’t have to do it alone. Our Health & Wellness Centers are here to support you through our Lifestyle Management program at no additional cost. You get free access to providers who are specially trained in lifestyle medicine and behavior change and they will follow up with you on a regular basis to troubleshoot challenges and celebrate your successes. They don’t just address nutrition and exercise but rather assess your lifestyle holistically including stress, mental health, and sleep. Our coaches get to know you as a person and help you identify small manageable changes. These providers will even work with your primary doctor to get your medications adjusted once you are healthier.
If you have any chronic condition or just want to feel better in everyday life, please contact our Health & Wellness Centers today to get started with the Lifestyle Management program.
- Rosemary Ku, MD/MBA/MPA