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'The Business of Health Care Report'

New Year’s Resolutions and Our Daily Challenges to Stay Healthy

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

One year ago on this program, I told you that Texas Health is on a transformational journey to better meet your healthcare needs today and tomorrow. That was one of our New Year’s resolutions.

Our goal is to help people live healthier lives and stay out of the hospital. The hospitals and advanced medical technology will still be here when you need them, but our mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve. Texas Health has launched a multi-pronged effort to change the way people think and act about their health, because that is the most effective way to improve health.

I challenge you to do one simple thing each day to change how you think and act about health. Small, incremental changes often make the most difference.

For example, if you don’t get regular exercise, take a quick walk around the block. If you eat out four times a week, trim that to three. Swap out the donuts for fresh fruit and bagels at morning staff meetings.

To help you make simple changes, Texas Health will soon sponsor a free online tool designed to encourage and support individuals to make one small, healthy change each day.

Listen for more information coming in February.

For our faith-based health system — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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