Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation
Did you see the piece about CWF’s Wellness Centers in Crain’s Detroit Business? It’s really exciting for us to have others paying attention to the work we’re doing. It spreads our message that prevention is key. And, even if you have health problems, you can improve your level of function so you feel better and have an improved quality of life.
There were some inaccuracies in the Crain’s article and for the broader Crain’s audience the inaccuracies in the piece do not tarnish the message. But for our communities I’d like to set the record straight on a few things that are important locally.
- St. Joseph didn’t open the Chelsea Wellness Center (CWC) in 2001. Chelsea Community Hospital had the vision and made it a reality.
- When CWF took over CWC in 2009 there were 3,500 members, not 6,500.
- Our goal (mission) is not to breakeven but to increase health & wellness. It’s just a positive consequence that more members will help us move to a breakeven point. We look forward to that day so additional funds can be made available for other wellness projects – particularly 5H.
- Individual rates are not $72 per year. They are $69 in Dexter & $68 in Chelsea. It’s actually per month rather than per year. And if you belong to one of the two larger centers you belong to all four centers. Of course, additional family members join at a reduced rate and there are discounts & special programs for seniors, college students and others.
- The more people we get into our wellness centers, the more health and wellness we provide.
- I don’t actually know how many school employees take advantage of the school district discounts. I hope it is 650!
- To participate in Next Steps you can have a referral from any health care provider – not just the University of Michigan Family Practice. Health care providers from St. Joseph Mercy Hospital frequently refer patients to our programs, too.
- CWC and DWC are both certified through the Medical Fitness Association, not Medical Fitness Organization. It is not a new organization. It was founded in 1991.
As you can see, none of these corrections will make a difference in the overall message that prevention and wellness are an important part of health. But we want to set the record straight for those in our service area. And express our gratitude to Crain’s for their interest in health & wellness and the Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation.
Here is the link to the June 15th piece in Crain’s Detroit Business. They did make a few corrections to the electronic version so all the clarifications above aren’t necessary when reading this link.
People at all levels of health: from the perfectly fit to wheel chair bound, have safe options in our wellness centers. That’s because they are medically integrated. Those interested in preventing or improving health conditions will find resources at any of our four wellness centers.
The Medical Fitness Association certified Chelsea Wellness Center (the first wellness center to be certified in the state of MI). To earn certification rigorous criteria are met, including a requirement that all fitness specialists be certified. We have a health care advisory committee made up of medical and health specialists (click on the attached video to hear from one of the physician members of that committee).
This year Dexter Wellness Center is expected to earn their certification. We want to brag a bit & tell you once Dexter is certified we will be the only non-profit organization in the State with two certified, medically integrated facilities – and that even includes several large health care systems and universities with wellness centers.
Please remember and tell your family, friends & neighbors, all four wellness centers (Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester & Stockbridge) have programs open to the community – some free and others fee based. Scholarships are also available in all four centers.
Wales is credited for early use of the phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” In Wales they actually said “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.”
Apples are low in sodium & calories and high in fiber & vitamin C. They are easily transportable, inexpensive and some of the best apples around are grown in Michigan. They are versatile and available in so many varieties you can find one anyone will like.
Take advantage of apple season & enjoy!
And, I know newly reported research says the 40 year attempt to get Americans to stop eating fat was generally misguided.
But bacon is still NOT good for us. It is, as they say, a sometimes food I’d like to remind you again:
5healthytowns.org/?module=News&event=View&categoryID=2&newsID=81 …while many studies
contribute to our general health knowledge, sometimes they are poorly done or incorrectly interpreted.
Our best defense against disease (& against occasional bad science) is a balanced diet. That means a rush to consume high fat food because recent news says we can is as unwise as completely eliminating fats.
Your grandmother understood balance when she served simply-prepared, colorful, fresh foods. Your children understand when they stop eating when they are full, not when their plate is empty. Keep it simple, everyone. Keep it simple.
Most physicians and other health care practitioners determine if our weight is healthy by using a mathematical formula called Body Mass Index (BMI). The rest of us don’t have any idea how to calculate a BMI.
Maybe instead of using BMI to determine if we’re overweight we could use some simpler measures. Like these:
- If you look down while taking a shower, can you see your feet?
- Did you grunt last time you tried to get your seatbelt around your middle?
- If you shake a body part do some parts of that body part keeping jiggling when you stop shaking?
- Are you wearing wrist and ankle bracelets because those are the only parts of your body to which you want to call attention?
To quote a friend of mine… “I resemble that remark!”
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Yesterday I was watching the Olympics (those athletes are amazing) when my husband asked me if I wanted to go cross country skiing. I didn’t want to go outside. I was cozy and entertained as a spectator.
Then I remembered the message I gave my children when they lived at home & parked themselves in front of ESPN. I frequently told them “It’s much more satisfying to do something than to watch someone else do something.”
I try, with mixed success, to avoid deliberate hypocrisy, so I got myself off the couch and into my outdoor clothes. Guess what. I was right! Nothing that happened while we were away from the t.v. was better than the exhilaration & sense of self-empowerment I experienced while outside on my skis.
Now I just have to remember my own message tomorrow. Then the day after that, and the next day…
Here’s the thing… it’s another study. This one says sugar will kill you & they studied a lot of people eating a lot of sugar who are having health problems that are killing them.
But maybe it’s not just the sugar. Maybe it’s the fact that sugar is combined with unhealthy fats or the people selecting food with a lot of sugar are also sedentary or have genetics that develop ‘addictions’ to sugar (much like family treads of other addictions). Many other things could be influencing these findings.
We don’t need another study to scare us. We know a lot of sugar is unhealthy. We know fried foods and large quantities of ground red meat are not good for our heart. We know sodas and other sugared drinks make a mess of our blood glucose. We know we should stay physically active throughout the day.
Instead of more scary studies, what do you really need to support your efforts to be healthy?
That means if 100 people make resolutions, 10 of them will change their lives for the better this year. That’s not bad – especially if you’re one of the 10 who make it.
Let’s say the remaining 90 make the same resolutions in 2015 and 10% of those people keep their resolution (that’s 9 more). Now 19 people have changed their lives for the good.
And in 2016, let’s say the remaining 81 make the same resolution. Now 8 will make it & of our original 100, 27 have changed their lives – and possibly brought about changes in the lives of the people around them.
The remaining 73 will be reduced to 66, then 58, then 52 and so.
The point is, never quit quitting. Don’t be discouraged if you are one of the 90 who don’t make it this year. You can make changes and reap benefits. If you keep trying, eventually you will.
At the end of the fund raiser all their tips were donated to the Senior Center by the staff of the Big Boy. If you ever worked (or work) as a server, dishwasher or cook in a restaurant you know they work hard and you know those tips are important to their personal budgets.
I’m certain Trinh and her leadership team from the Senior Center extended many thanks to the staff at the Big Boy – I would like to add my admiration for their contribution. Events and sacrifices like these make our community healthy in a special way.
Think of the 5 healthy towns initiative as our 5 healthy towns own version of prevention only instead of prevention for elite athletes, it’s prevention for you and me. We want everyone to have the opportunity to get and stay well.
Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester and Stockbridge won’t get the press Tom Brady does but who needs all that attention, anyway?