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New program to seek out, honor champions of wellness

Date
2012-10-31

Do you know someone who has taken charge of their health by practicing wellness, setting an example and inspiring others?

Reid Hospital’s Wellness Department is launching an initiative to recognize Community Wellness Champions in the Indiana-Ohio region served by the hospital. “Our communities are full of wonderful people who passionately champion the benefits of a healthy lifestyle,” said Tajuan Stoker, Reid’s Wellness Director. “We want to recognize these people and highlight them in hopes of inspiring others to become more proactive with their health,” he said.

Craig Kinyon, Reid President/CEO, said it is extremely important for community health that  people recognize and understand the importance of wellness. “Wellness means being proactive with your health. Most importantly, it saves lives. And it reduces health care costs,” he said. “It’s getting a mindset that says you won’t wait until you feel symptoms to take action. You will get annual well checks and talk openly with your physician about your lifestyle and health concerns. Working with your physician, you will know your risk factors and have recommended screenings such as mammograms, blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Beyond physical health, you will also pay attention to your emotional and spiritual needs.”

Stoker said wellness aligns with the mission of Reid, which is wholeness in body, mind and spirit. So champions will demonstrate wellness in many ways, including:

  • Physical: Examples include getting a physical exam, changing eating habits, exercising, getting a mammogram, a prostate cancer screening, etc. and encouraging others to do the same.
  • Social: Positively communicating with those around you, including family, friends and neighbors; developing positive relationships that encourage healthy thinking and positive outcomes.
  • Environmental: Examples include recycling, helping at a food drive, etc.
  • Spiritual:  Showing compassion for others, developing a life philosophy, etc.
  • Emotional: Being positive and encouraging others; congratulating others, an attitude of optimism.
  • Intellectual:   Being creative and participating in mentally stimulating activities to expand your knowledge for the betterment of others, such as attending a wellness presentation  and sharing information with others, joining a committee to share your knowledge of topics, etc.
  • Occupational: The occupational dimension of wellness recognizes personal satisfaction and enrichment in one's life through work.  At the center of occupational wellness is the idea that occupational development is related to your attitude about your work.

For more information or to nominate someone, visit: www.Reidhospital.org/cwc

Reid plans to select two community champions and one Reid team champion every quarter. They will be featured at events, receive prizes and be included in an annual awards dinner.

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