The statistics are dismal. Heart disease claims the lives of more than 614,000 people a year. About 29 million people have diabetes, and an estimated 86 million people have prediabetes. One in three adults has high blood pressure. And nearly 70 percent of all adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese.
These are just a few examples of chronic conditions that are driving up healthcare costs to more than $3.207 trillion a year. These chronic diseases are rooted primarily in poor lifestyle choices and behaviors.
Is there anything we can do about it? Yes.
There’s a tipping point for everything. You know, the point in time where you come up with a plan and decide you’re all-in.
Using tools at hand, such as health risk assessment data to personalize population health and improve health outcomes, is a great start. Then you keep moving forward, and join forces with like-minded people to grow a movement that leads to transformation.
And that’s exactly what we’ve done. Wellsource recently joined the Lifestyle Medicine Corporate Roundtable as a founding member. Lifestyle medicine is based on evidence and promotes healthy behaviors that are the foundation of medical and wellness care, disease prevention, and health promotion.
The American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s Corporate Rountable brings together foresighted entrepreneurial, medical and academic thought leaders for strategic collaboration focused on advancing the lifestyle medicine movement.
Wellsource Director of Health and Research Dr. Joe Raphael will collaborate with members of the Lifestyle Medicine Corporate Roundtable to help make lifestyle medicine the standard for providing care.
The end goal: sustainable health and sustainable healthcare and reduced costs by educating, equipping and empowering organizations and individuals to make healthy lifestyle choices.
What lifestyle medicine practices are you already using to improve population health?