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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Small Daily Steps Can Make Big Changes in Personal Health

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

Research has shown that simple activities done each day can make big changes in our personal health and well-being. Texas Health recently introduced an online tool that will help employers encourage their employees to engage in one easy, healthy activity each day. Individuals can also sign up to use these tools by visiting Just click on the tab labeled “Daily Challenge.”

People who sign up will receive a daily email with a very simple challenge for the day. For example, a recent challenge was — “Improve muscle flexibility in your legs and backside by sitting and stretching in an L-shape.”

That’s it. Complete the challenge, click on a link in the email that says “Done,” and briefly share your thoughts on-line with your personal community of daily challenge friends.

These simple daily activities promote well-being by encouraging small actions and fostering social communities that support participation and reinforce accountability. This process has been proven to lead to meaningful and measureable improvements in several dimensions of well-being.

I encourage you to visit and learn more about how you can improve your well-being in six dimensions, ranging from physical health to how you evaluate your life in general.

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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