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"Organic" Healthy Heart Solutions

Posted by Chip Block on October 19, 2017 10:45 AM EDT
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A lot of our team's blogs build off of interesting newspaper or television stories that relate to either the healthcare crisis, population health management, challenges in employee benefits and workplace wellness and the dilemma that we call health reform.  More often than not, the media and politicians focus on health insurance reforms.

So, news coverage triggers our blogs pretty often.  Given that three of us are ex-media executives or health benefits consultants or organizational development experts, it's understandable.  

But this blog is based on an interesting advertisement that I saw in the Virginia Beach Beacon section of The Virginian-Pilot.  It promotes a really interesting, innovative and "organic" solution for reversing heart disease, called....

...."Ornish Lifestyle Medicine".

Here's what the newspaper advertisement published by Sentara Heart had to say:

Undo Heart Disease

Sentara Heart is proud to offer the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program exclusively in Virginia.  It is the only scientifically proven program to stop the progression of heart disease, and even reverse its effects in some cases.  The program is a new approach to living that can last a lifetime by:

-Reducing the risk of a heart-related event

-Decreasing the frequency and severity of chest pain

-Lowering the likelihood of future surgery

-Lessening your dependence on medications

-Improving your cholesterol, blood pressure, fasting glucose, and losing weight

-Increasing your capacity for exercise

18 total sessions X 4 hours per session = 72 hours of intensive cardiac rehab with exceptional outcomes

The program works by reinforcing four key areas of lifestyle change:

1. Nutrition: healthy-eating guidance during a shared meal

2. Activity: supervised exercise

3. Stress management: relaxation techniques

4. Emotional support: group discussion

*The Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program is endorsed and covered by Medicare and many commercial insurers for qualified and eligible members.

For more information, visit:  www.ornish.sentaraheart.com or contact an Ornish Care Specialist, (757) 507-8820.

If the above advertising message is true, and this program is effective, then this is the sort of thing that the health reform movement should be all about.  Not using drugs to resolve, not doing expensive surgeries over and over again, and most importantly, not letting people die or live inhibited lives when a natural, evidence-based healthy lifestyle solution is right before us.

Now, go figure....an advertisement pokes a message right in front of us-it's not about healthcare procedures, or health insurance or employee benefits or political infighting about how to fix health insurance so that health insurance fixes healthcare.

It's about how to be healthy....naturally!

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