On October 16 and 17 residents of west Georgia are invited to hear Steven Aldana, PhD, a national expert on health and wellness, speak to several community groups about best practices in wellness programs and keys to improving individual health.
Dr. Aldana will speak at the Business and Industry Summit at Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The event is for business owners and is co-sponsored by Tanner Health System’s Get Healthy, Live Well community transformation grant and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce’s Industrial Leadership Council.
Dr. Aldana will address the public at a free lecture titled “10-20 Years of Extra Life− The Choice is Yours” on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 6:00 p.m. in Cashen Hall in the Humanities Building at the University of West Georgia. On Thursday, Oct. 17 Dr. Aldana will address a gathering of faith community leaders at Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Steven Aldana is a former professor of lifestyle medicine at Brigham Young University and is currently the CEO and founder of WellSteps, a turnkey wellness program designed to help employees adopt and maintain healthy behaviors for life. Dr. Aldana has published more than 60 scientific articles on the prevention, arrest, and reversal of America’s most common chronic diseases. He has written seven books on the ability of healthy lifestyle habits to prevent cardiovascular disease, cancers, diabetes, and many chronic diseases.
Obesity rates are higher now than at any other time in human history. Unhealthy behaviors lead to elevated health risks; tobacco use, poor diet, and lack of physical activity are responsible for most chronic diseases and premature death. Yet for many Americans, adopting and maintaining healthy behaviors is a daunting task. The amount of scientific evidence that supports the need for healthy behaviors is overwhelming, yet many people struggle to change their habits.
Worksites, communities, schools, and churches are helping individuals change the status quo by adopting healthy behaviors. In as little as six weeks, individuals who adopt healthy behaviors can significantly improve an array of health risks.
Dr. Aldana will present proven, effective steps to dramatically improve one’s health and minimize risks for chronic disease. Attendees will:
- Learn how to extend the length of life by 10 to 20 high-quality years
- Prevent most chronic diseases
- Gain the knowledge, motivation, and skills needed to change behaviors
- See how the only long-term solution to excessive body weight is lifestyle change
For business owners, healthcare costs have never been higher and there is no end in sight. Almost half of CEOs say that their biggest threat to profitability is the rising cost of employee healthcare, even though most healthcare costs are caused by preventable chronic diseases. By implementing health and productivity management programs employers are getting to the root of the healthcare cost problem.
Health promotion in the workplace can not only have a positive effect on employees’ waistlines, but also a positive impact on an organization’s bottom line. During this in-depth session for business leaders, Dr. Aldana will explain how new research proves why companies and public sector organizations should adopt worksite wellness programs to help their employees lead healthy lifestyles and how they can achieve and demonstrate a genuine return-on-investment (ROI).
Dr. Aldana will explain how health and productivity management programs can make the difference between declining profits and future growth and prosperity. Business owners will:
- Learn how unhealthy lifestyles are the cause of much of America’s healthcare woes
- See how effective health and productivity management programs can improve employee health and lower expenses including workers’ compensation, disability, absenteeism, and health care costs
- Understand how healthy employees have a higher quality of life and are more productive
About Get Healthy, Live Well
Dr. Aldana’s appearances are part of a larger effort to improve health and wellness for the 151,000 residents of Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties. Led by Tanner Health System and funded by a Community Transformation Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Get Healthy, Live Well is creating integrated programs and policies in west Georgia to decrease health disparities, reduce obesity rates, minimize tobacco use, increase physical activity and improve nutrition. Get Healthy, Live Well is a community network, built through collaboration and partnership, working to educate, promote and develop sustained conditions for healthier lifestyles where people live, learn, work and play in west Georgia.
To learn more about Steven Aldana’s speaking schedule contact the Get Healthy, Live Well office at Tanner Health System by calling 770.836.9282.