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In this issue we explore lifestyle and its connection to health.

Lifestyle In sociology, a lifestyle is the way a person lives. A lifestyle is a characteristic bundle of behaviors that makes sense to bistock_000004182446xsmalloth others and oneself in a given time and place, including social relations, consumption, entertainment, and dress. The behaviors and practices within lifestyles are a mixture of habits, conventional ways of doing things, and reasoned actions. A lifestyle typically also reflects an individual's attitudes, values or worldview.


New Words and A New Course For Healthcare in 2009

istock_000007286543xsmallA new vocabulary is making it's way into the lexicon of modern day speech. Words and terms such as "lifestyle medicine", "disease management", "lifestyle illness", "wellness coaching", "health coaching", "chronic illness coaching", and, I like this one, "diseases of civilization", seem to be showing up everywhere in the wellness and healthcare fields. Indeed what we used to call "behavioral health" when I was president of the Ohio Society for Behavioral Health and Biofeedback is hardly recognizable today, and that is a good thing!

As the United States heads into a year of monumental change on the political front, we know that some kind change will and needs to happen within healthcare. There is fear and uncertainty, but mostly there is optimism that we will see more access to the healthcare and services that people need. At the forefront of this change will be the mountain of evidence that shows that HOW people live their lives, their behavioral choices, is THE major determining factor in the health of the U.S. population.

Let me throw some stats at you. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, 70% of the diseases and subsequent deaths in the U.S. are lifestyle-based. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), lifestyle-based chronic diseases account for 75% of the nation's $1.4 trillion medical care costs. We are finding that lifestyle modification is a cost-effective means to reduce the estimated costs of ~$120 billion for tobacco related illness and ~$90 billion from sedentary behavior and overweight/obesity annually in the US alone. We know these stats and yet it seems such a slow process turning the ship to a new course.

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Wearing Two Hats: Being More "Coach-Like" In Your Present Job

istock_000005107511xsmallCaroline is a nurse who loves to help people to regain their health. She knows that there are many lifestyle changes her patients can make to further their recovery and to prevent becoming a "repeat customer". For years she has set up discharge plans for her patients that include all kinds of behavioral recommendations such as improving their diet and exercising regularly. She has given them excellent information and advice and is continually amazed at, and deeply frustrated with, how few people follow through and actually make the lifestyle improvements she sincerely knows will help them. While what she does is not called "wellness coaching" like the duties of the nurse or the health educator over in another department, she is a prime example of someone who would love to find out how to do her job in a more effective and "coach-like" way.

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Wellness Mapping 360 "Wellness and Health" Coach Trainings

Register for both "Wellness & Health" Certifcation trainings at the same time and save $200! Paywellness-mapping-360ment plans available!

icon 2009 Training Schedule

Wellness Mapping 360© “Wellness Coach” Certificate Training

• March 9/09 - 4/15/09 - 7pm - 9pm est (M/W) (Save by enrolling in this class now)
• April 28/09 - 5/28/09 - 12pm - 2pm est (T/TH)
• August 25/09 – 10/1/09 - 7pm - 9pm est (T/TH)
• September 28/09 – 10/28/09 - 12pm - 2pm est (M/W)
$745.00 - Registration fee includes course manual, digital tool pa
ckage, and web-based support. You will need to purchase the book Wellness Coaching for Lasting Lifestyle Change.

Wellness Mapping 360© II- “Health Coach” Certification (Wellness Coach Certificate is a pre-requisite)
• March 10th,12th,24th,26th,31st,April 2nd 12pm - 2pm est. (T/TH)
• April 20/09 – May 6/09 - 7pm - 9pm est (M/W)
• October 6/09 – 10/22/09 – 7pm – 9pm est (T/TH)
• November 2/09 – 11/ 18/09 – 12pm – 2pm est (M/W)
$430 USD - Registration fee includes course manual and a Guided Wellness Journal and web-based supports.

Become a Wellness Mapping 360°© Certified Trainer either within your organization or in partnership with Real Balance GWS ! WM360 “Wellness Coach” and Health Coach” Certifications needed.


Dr. Michael Arloski Presents!

This March (2009) Dr. Arloski will be presenting on "Wellness Coaching as Lifestyle Medicines" and chairing a panel on "Wellness Coaching & Health Promotion" at the Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference in San Francisco. (www.healthpromotionconference.com).


This July Michael Arloski PhD., PCC will once again be presenting on it at The National Wellness Conference (www.nationalwellness.org).

  • Pre-conference "Wellness Mapping 360 "Wellness Coach" Certificate Training
  • He will present on "Paths of Heart: Reclaiming the Heart of Your Life"
  • He will present on "Wellness Coaching as Lifestyle Medicine"


Let's spread the word and help steer a new course toward a healthier world!


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