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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Shape Up Texas Health

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

Year after year, getting fit is among the top 10 most popular New Year’s resolutions. Yet halfway through the year, many people have lost their motivation to exercise. According to a recent Psychology Today article, six months after making New Year’s resolutions, 60 percent of people have failed to keep them.

To help motivate our employees to stay healthy, Texas Health Resources offers an annual program called “Shape Up Texas Health.” This year, starting on April 11, teams of employees across our organization began competing against each other in three categories: weight loss, pedometer steps and exercise minutes. We supplied each team member with a log book, a pedometer and tips on how to incorporate more activity into their daily lives.

During the 10-week competition, teams challenge each other and record their progress online. Every participant receives a signature “Shape Up Challenge” wristband, meant to foster a sense of community and remind participants to stay on the path toward healthy living.

In addition to the reward of meeting their goals and the fun of working together to pursue healthy lifestyles, all teams who compete in the program are honored at the end of the competition.

I encourage employers to offer programs like “Shape Up Texas Health” to help workers to become more active. Healthy employees are productive employees.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based family of hospitals, Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist, and Texas Health Arlington Memorial, I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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