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Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce to host wellness program

2013-11-08T00:00:00Z 2013-11-08T10:00:23Z Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce to host wellness programBy Dave Ryan Times Columnist nwitimes.com
November 08, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Have you ever pledged to yourself Jan. 1 that this is the year you will improve your personal wellness and change your lifestyle, BUT never quite made the total commitment?

Have you, Mr./Ms. Business Leader, made the same commitment to your company and staff, but six months later, dropped your wellness program at work because it was taking too much time away from production? At the same time, have your medical insurance premiums continued to rise exponentially each year for the past 20+ years?

If this rings true for you and/or your company, you need to attend the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon Thursday at Franciscan St. Margaret Health Hammond, 8th Floor, 5454 Hohman Ave., to hear from its own “Biggest Loser” contestant, Marci Crozier.

Crozier is the regional director of Marketing and Sales for Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness in Schererville, and she will discuss her participation on the popular TV reality show “The Biggest Loser.” Networking begins at 11:30 a.m., with lunch and the program at noon.

“Biggest Loser” is not my favorite term, because it generally describes someone who has failed in their mission, but the total opposite is true in the “Biggest Loser” TV show, and Marci will entertain you while describing the behaviors that are part of a fit and healthy lifestyle.

To test your knowledge of Wellness and Lifestyle Management:

1. Which lifestyle factor is the leading cause of death for Americans?

a. Excess alcohol consumption

b. Cigarette smoking

c. Obesity

2. The terms Health and Wellness mean the same thing.

a. True or False

3. Which of the following health issues affects the greatest number of college students each year?

a. Stress

b. Sleep issues

c. Flu/colds

d. Lack of spending money

Answers:

1.) B. Smoking causes approx 500,000 deaths per year. Obesity causes approximately 100,000, and alcohol approximately 85,000 deaths per year.

2.) False

Health refers to the overall condition of the body, while Wellness refers to optimal health and vitality.

3.) A. Approximately 30 percent of college students suffer so much stress that it affects their academic performance. It is important to learn stress-management techniques.

With the introduction of the U.S. Government’s Affordable Care Act, both individuals, as well as the business community, are quickly becoming aware of the need to get fit and to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

A healthy employee, and a healthy workforce, means fewer absences and greater productivity. A healthy population is the nation’s source of vitality, while poor health drains our resources and raises health care costs for all.

To learn more , join us Thursday and hear from an expert on wellness and lifestyle management. For reservations, call the chamber at (219) 931-1000. You will be glad you did!

Dave Ryan is the executive director of the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. The opinions expressed are his own. He can be reached at dryan@lakeshorechamber.com or (219) 931-1000.

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