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Citizens of Rochester, let’s focus on our own health!
This weeklong schedule of events will be held from March 9th through March 16th. Most of these educational programs are FREE and take place right here in Rochester.
The programming kicks off on Friday March 9th in Dodge Center with a talk by keynote speaker Dr. Hans Diehl, Founder of the Complete Health Improvement Program, or CHIP. This wellness program does not focus on portion control, excessive exercise, or calorie counting. Instead, it promotes a whole food, plant-based diet with less sugar, oils, and salt along with positive lifestyle and stress management habits. CHIP has existed for over thirty years, assisting over 90,000 people to lead healthier lives.
Dr. Diehl will hold a free CHIP information session on March 13th at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Rochester.
The Community of Wellness Week will also feature keynote speaker Dr. Neal Barnard, President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Founder of the Barnard Medical Center, an institution that focuses on making nutrition a routine part of medical care.
Programming on the final day of the Community of Wellness Week, March 16th, includes an educational symposium, with a focus on lifestyle medicine, the holistic approach to health with an emphasis on preventative wellness. The programming offered this day will be of high interest to caregivers, health science students, and other clinical and healthcare professionals. Six hours, or 0.6 CEUs, will be offered through Winona State University’s Adult & Continuing Education for completing this portion of the programming.
These final afternoon talks of the symposium will end with a discussion especially pertinent to insurance agents, employee health professionals, unions, and those in corporate human resources: the clinical application of lifestyle medicine in the community and the corporate world. This final conversation will address the benefits of lifestyle medicine for employee health and its impact to increase employee productivity and decrease corporate health expenditures.
This final piece also includes a discussion from Rob Dill, CEO of Sotarea, a worker health risk management company. This final talk will focus on the benefit of self-insured health plans as a successful method to manage employee health plan costs. Self-insured health plans have been on the rise in the U.S. Sixty-one percent of all U.S. employer health plans are self-insured, according to a 2013 Employer Health Benefits Survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation, representing a forty-four percent increase from 1999.
The 2018 Community of Wellness Week will be capped off by a gala event at the Rochester Art Center in the evening. The gala will include a social hour, gourmet plant-based meal, silent auction, and address by Drs. Diehl and Barnard. The talks will include concepts on modifying habits to improve health, including a direct challenge to the idea that weight should be managed by eating less and exercising more.
The 2018 Community of Wellness Week and educational programming is not just for health care professionals. It is for anyone interested in taking a holistic approach to wellness and learning how to play a more active role in their own health through preventative wellness techniques and self-care.
Rochester Clinic is a Rochester-based facility that takes a holistic approach to care, treating the entire person instead of simply managing symptoms. Lotus Health Foundation is the nonprofit arm of the Rochester Clinic. Lotus Health provides evidence-based education and preventative services to help people manage or prevent chronic illness and decrease dependency on medications through healthy lifestyle management.