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A look at the Gallup-Healthways ratings of the cities with highest and lowest sense of well-being, based on healthy behaviors, emotional health, obesity, smoking and places where people can learn new and interesting things. — USA TODAY, March 25, 2014
Fort Worth residents are working to transform their community by making it a happier, healthier place to work, live and play. There are many ways you can help your work and community.
A teacher-delivered intervention program promoting healthy lifestyles improved health behaviors, social skills, severe depression, and academic performance in high school adolescents, a study has found. — National Institute of Nursing Research, Sept. 10, 2013
Dogs bring bacteria into our homes that research shows our bodies need in order to stay healthy. Dr. Jay Yepuri, a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford, advises patients to stop the anti-germ war and encourages all of us to welcome the right bacteria into our lives.
Fort Worth could save $300 million over five years and enjoy $1 billion in improved productivity as it pursues a healthy living initiative sweeping the nation. Explaining those projected savings at the pre-council portion of the Aug. 20 city council meeting was Barclay E. Berdan, chief operating officer of Texas Health Resources. — Fort Worth Business Press, August 26, 2013
Jonathan Scholl became Texas Health Resources' first chief strategy officer in 2010. As the CSO and executive vice president, he is responsible for THR’s strategic planning and business development functions. We recently sat down with Mr. Scholl to understand how Texas Health successfully promotes well-being through risk stratification. — The Advisory Board Company, June 27, 2013
More than 200 area employers, education/leaders, City of Fort Worth officials, Chamber of Commerce leadership, restaurant owners, grocery owners, civic/non-profit organizations, major health initiative leaders, faith community champions, area foundations and other thought leaders in Fort Worth joined together on July 15 at The Fort Worth Club for a kickoff event for the Blue Zones Project™ Assessment for Fort Worth.
In a first-of-its-kind study looking at 8,800 employees at a Fortune 100 company, the level of overall well-being was found to be the most predictive variable for hospitalization events, even controlling for factors known to increase risk. Researchers found that middle-aged Americans with high well-being are less likely to be admitted to the hospital than younger Americans with medium to low well-being. Those people in each age group with the highest well-being had significantly lower risk of a hospital event. — Healthways, June 4, 2013
Grilling season is upon us. So, how can you celebrate the warmer weather and still impress your family and friends with delicious foods they will love? Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano Clinical Nutrition Manager Marie Detillier shares ways you can host a healthful barbecue where no one will miss the potato salad.
According to findings from a three-year study published in the peer-reviewed journal, Population Health Management, the SilverSneakers fitness program is an effective approach to improving seniors’ physical and mental health. One of the study’s most significant findings was from a multiyear analysis that suggests the program helps to slow or may even reverse the declining health of older Americans. — Healthways, April 11, 2013
For the third consecutive year, residents of the Boulder, Colo., metro area are the least likely to be obese, at 12.5 percent in 2012. Residents of McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas, continue to be the most likely to be obese, at 38.5 percent. Adult obesity rates are higher than 15 percent in all but two of the 189 metro areas that Gallup and Healthways surveyed in 2012. — Gallup.com, April 11, 2013
A recent study published in in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology found that walkers lowered their risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as runners.
The Texas Rangers unveiled some new concession items for extra-hungry baseball fans this season, including variations on their popular Boomstick — a 24-inch hot dog loaded with chili, cheese and other toppings. This year, those hulking hot dogs can be topped with brisket or polish sausage and sauerkraut.
As students across Texas get back into the swing of school after spring break, the report card is already in for well-being in North Texas — and the Metroplex has lots of room for improvement, experts at Texas Health Resources say.
Learn how to better challenge yourself each day with a well-being kit from Texas Health Resources. Fill out and submit the form to receive this information in the mail.
Experts say a workplace that offers programs geared toward employees' financial and social well-being, not just their physical health, will lead to better outcomes. —Human Resource Executive Online
The most obese state in the country has almost double the proportion of plus-sized citizens than the least obese state, according to a new survey. —CBS News.com
Well, the results are in . . . and when it comes to well-being, North Texas and the rest of the Lone Star State have some room for improvement.
Just because the weather in North Texas can’t decide whether to move into early spring or stay in chillier winter doesn’t mean the sun’s rays are any less harmful. In fact, during the winter months these rays are even stronger because the sun is closer to the earth.
The Atlantic is out with a new national poll that shows that only a tiny sliver of the American population considers themselves unhealthy. The vast majority—90 percent—say they’re in “very good” or “somewhat good” health. One percent, meanwhile, were unsure whether they were in good or bad health. — The Washington Post, March 7, 2013
The most obese state in the country has almost double the proportion of plus-sized citizens than the least obese state, according to a new survey. The newly-released Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index shows Colorado has the fewest obese citizens in the country. — CBS News, March 6, 2013
For many people a vacation in Hawaii would be a dream, but living there might be even better. Hawaiians agree. — USA Today, Feb. 28, 2013
"As a Texas Health Resources employee in the strategy and planning department, I know how important well-being is to our employees and the communities we serve," said Emily Allen, MHA, senior strategic analyst. "My boss, Aaron Bujnowski, senior vice president for strategy and planning, offered our team the opportunity to receive standing desks."
U.S. adults get about 11 percent of their daily calories from fast food, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s down from the 13 percent reported the last time the government examined America’s fondness for french fries.
Put on your running shoes and join the staff of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman for the 5K Fun Run and Walk on Saturday, March 23. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by a short warm up and 9 a.m. start. All proceeds benefit Texas Health Kaufman’s Child Automobile Safety initiative.
The tumultuous “tween” years can be especially tricky for girls and their moms. A new program in North Texas is helping families tackle tough issues commonly faced by 9-to-12 year-olds — like bullying, internet safety, poor nutrition and low self-esteem. Texas Health Resources and the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health present GiRL Power (Girls in Real Life) from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on March 3, at the Fort Worth Convention Center.
A heart attack is the sudden interruption of blood flow within the heart. The blockage can happen when a piece of plaque breaks loose from the wall of a blood vessel and becomes lodged in one of the heart’s arteries. Called acute myocardial infarction (AMI), a heart attack can also occur when arteries become inflamed or close off because of plaque buildup.
Texas Health Resources and Healthways announced on Feb. 5 the launch of two initiatives in their ongoing strategic alignment to deploy an integrated physician-directed population health solution to drive health outcomes and cost savings.
Al Wexler has been walking to his volunteer jobs — for the last 18 years. Wexler has been at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth for 10 years. Except for taking a few months off when his wife passed away and when he was ill, Wexler's 18-year streak of volunteer service has been uninterrupted, even though he is now legally blind.
Texas Health Resources and Cooper Aerobics Center at Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, launched integrative wellness services in January, 2013. Texas Health will offer behavioral health care services at the Cooper Craig Ranch location, which will be provided by employees from Texas Health Springwood Hospital and the Seay Behavioral Health Center at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano.
Jessica Oliver, an employee at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford, takes talk about transformation, well-being and improving health seriously. Five years ago, Jessica took daily blood pressure medication and weighed 103 pounds more than she does today.
By taking small steps, Virgil Marble has made great strides. After his doctor cautioned him last year about his weight, blood pressure and cholesterol, “Virgie” decided it was time to make some changes.
Most people have the best intentions to exercise, but excuses too often get in the way. While it’s important to exercise at least 30 minutes at least three times a week, according to the American Heart Association, it is also great to squeeze in little bursts of activity throughout the day.
Have meals been less than satisfying lately? Discover how including fiber in your diet can help you feel full longer and improve your health.
Fad diets that restrict or eliminate entire food groups can be harmful to your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. To achieve a healthy weight, take a balanced approach.
Dr. Shane Zatkalik, an emergency room physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano shares what he's seeing with these drinks. — KDFW-TV (Ch. 4), Jan. 16, 2013
Companies need to move beyond healthcare costs to focus more on boosting the well-being of their employees, according to Healthways chief executive officer Ben Leedle. — Dallas/Fort Worth Healthcare Daily, Nov. 29, 2012
Primary health care providers now have an innovative tool to help identify, treat and manage depression in women as Texas Health Research & Education Institute today launches Women and Depression: Navigating the Clinical Course©.
Leahsa Holcomb's breast cancer nightmare began in 2006, when she awoke one morning to find drops of dried blood on her pajama top. After having a milk duct removed, the Arlington woman said her doctor told her she was cancer free. — Star-Telegram, Nov. 6, 2012
The healthcare landscape is undergoing tremendous changes. We don’t know the outcome of the elections this fall, but we do know that healthcare reform will continue to be a critical issue because the system as it has existed for decades is not sustainable for the long term.
“Our mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, CEO of Texas Health Resources. “Improving health begins with our own employees and is just one part of how we advance a healthier North Texas community.”
Poor health costs Dallas-Fort Worth communities $17 billion each year in lost productivity. Health behaviors influence 50 to 70 percent of health, but only 4 percent of the nation’s health care dollars are spent on behaviors
Marc Flake knew he was overweight and out of shape 10 years ago when he first took advantage of the free health assessments offered by his employer.

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