Get on track to accomplish your health goals in 2022 with Beavercreek HOPE’s interactive wellness workshop 8-Tracks to Healthy Living starting Monday, January 17, 2022 at 6PM for eight (8) Mondays only. Register today!

Health is a person’s most valuable asset. Regrettably, many people don’t devote much toward their own health until a serious issue develops, such as diabetes, cancer, or depression. By adopting a healthy lifestyle now, you can significantly reduce your risk for serious health issues, begin reversing lifestyle diseases, increase your quality of life, and live a longer, fuller life.

What are 8-Tracks to Healthy Living? This program was developed specifically to help people like you make positive lifestyle changes, putting your health first. At each weekly Monday meeting, we will introduce you to a different health track. During that week, you are encouraged to try what you learned. By the end of the workshop you’ll have all 8-tracks  “guidelines” needed to make small incremental steps in your life which become a lasting healthy living lifestyle.

Workshop Details

Date: Starting January 17, 2022
Eight (8) Mondays Only
Finishing on March 7, 2022
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location:
670 Grange Hall Rd
Beavercreek, OH 45430

Featuring:

  • Health Coaching
  • Exercise Sessions
  • Cooking Demos & Tasting
  • Health Presentations

Learn More About the 8-Tracks Workshop

Registration Information

Register online now using the form below, including the starting baseline questionnaire. This information is strictly confidential, and will only be used during the workshop between you and our professional staff to help set individualized achievable goals, weekly plans, and track progress.

There is a $5.00 per person registration fee due at the first session. Space is limited to the first 40 participants.

Reserve your spot for on-site registration by calling 937-985-6891 or emailing info@BeavercreekHOPE.org (first 5 callers).

Registration Form

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    Registrant Contact Info

    Baseline Questionnaire:

    1. Do you drink water every day?*

    If so, how much? (1 glass is 8 ounces)

    2. Do you spend time outdoors?*

    If so, how often?

    3. How many hours do you sleep on average each night?*

    5. Do you drink alcohol?*

    If so, how much?

    6. Do you use any of the following?*

    Tobacco products:

    Vaping:

    Medical marijuana:

    7. Do you exercise?*

    If yes, how often?

    10. How often do you eat fruit?*

    11. How often do you eat vegetables?*

    12. Do you monitor your blood pressure?

    13. Do you monitor your blood sugar?

    14. Do you have a support network (people who you can rely on)?*

    15. Do you have a particular belief system?

    If so, which?

     

    Workshop Benefits & Schedule

    At the start of the workshop, each participant will review their health and nutrition baseline questionnaire, assessing their current health, habits, and lifestyle factors.

    Each week participants will have the option to also check their blood pressure and weight to track changes and progress through the program.

    At each week’s 2 hour session, participants will receive valuable professional health instruction, partake in aerobic and exercise classes, sample healthy recipes for creating “recipe box remixes”, and get small group time for planning S.M.A.R.T. health goals and weekly plans. Finally each week will also cover a special health “track” topic.

     

    You’ll learn in our wellness program how to:

    • Identify and develop a healthy lifestyle
    • Become gradually more physically active
    • Choose healthy meals and how to prepare them
    • Protect your health naturally
    • Achieve and maintain health through gradual sustainable habits
    • Improve mind-body connections and mental health
    • Cope more effectively with stress and depression
    • Focus on prevention of health issues

     


    Weekly 8-Tracks Health Topic Details

    The essence of the key health principles can be summed up by these: “Water, sunshine, fresh air, rest, exercise, trust in God, temperance, and proper nutrition.” Read below just a snippet of more information on each. The workshop will go into more detail about each topic, how it impacts health, and the principles needed to apply it in a healthy way.

    884 million people globally do not have safe water to drink and lack access to clean water. Yet the human body is like an ocean in some ways, as up to 60 percent of the adult body is water, and our blood is 90 percent water streaming through us. Clean water is an essential nutrient at every age, so optimal hydration is a key component for good health. Whereas those dehydrated and water deficit can suffer from fatigue, headaches, mood changes, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, constipation, aging, thermoregulation, and more.[3]

    The absence of water is lethal within days, so understanding the importance of water as a nutrient is key, including water from food, and to a very small extent also from oxidation of metabolic water.[15]

    Sunlight’s properties in helping the body may have been a matter of speculation 150 years ago, but a 2008 study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives confirms the soundness of this teaching: “The best-known benefit of sunlight is its ability to boost the body’s vitamin D supply; most cases of vitamin D deficiency are due to lack of outdoor sun exposure. At least 1,000 different genes governing virtually every tissue in the body are now thought to be regulated by 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25[OH]D), the active form of the vitamin, including several involved in calcium metabolism and neuromuscular and immune system functioning.”[5]

    Breathable air is at times a difficult commodity to find. According to a 2018 study by the American Lung Association, more than four in 10 Americans “live with unhealthy air.”[3] The group stated that this places people “at risk for premature death and other serious health effects such as lung cancer, asthma attacks, cardiovascular damage, and developmental and reproductive harm.”[4] Breathing “pure air” can help avoid these complications.

    Proper breathing can bring better health, as evident in patients who have breathing difficulties, where it is estimated more than 60 percent of the people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have anxiety or depressive disorders. Where slow and deep breathing promotes stress reduction, insomnia prevention, emotion control, improved attention, and other physiological factors are influenced positively.[14]

    Rest – the weekly observance – is central to health, and with good reason: Societies that ignore the seven-day cycle, as revolutionary France did at the end of the 19th Century,[9] soon learn that overtaxing employees leads to less productivity. In 2017, Inc. magazine offered “12 Scientific Reasons” a day of rest “works” for businesses. Among the findings cited: “The most productive countries are Germany and France–each mandating more than 30 days of vacation. Workers in the U.S., with no law requiring paid time off, are the third most productive (and only about 25% of Americans take their full allotment of vacation time).”[10]

    In addition, the CDC found more than a third of American adults were not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. [2] It has been well established in many sleep studies that between 7 to 8 hours per night is best. Those that get enough rest performed better cognitively, had better mood and immune functioning than those who slept less, or more, than this amount.

    The benefits of exercise are too many to list in this brief introduction. The advantages of physical exertion can be clearly seen, however, sedentary jobs are more prevalent as well as sedentary lifestyles.

    According to scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, “The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. Everyone benefits from exercise, regardless of age, sex or physical ability.”[11]

    Trust in Divine Power may not seem like a subject for scientific study, but there’s a growing body of research supporting the contention that having faith is a “true remedy” in times of illness.

    “A large volume of research shows that people who are more [religious or spiritual] have better mental health and adapt more quickly to health problems compared to those who are less [religious or spiritual],” writes Dr. Harold G. Koenig of the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry, at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina. “These possible benefits to mental health and well-being have physiological consequences that impact physical health, affect the risk of disease, and influence response to treatment.”[13]

    Temperance in food and drink, including avoiding alcohol – also called “abstemiousness” – has also been ratified by scientific evidence.

    History, not harm, dictates why some drugs are legal and others are not. In 2010 a study, experts ranked 20 legal and illegal drugs on 16 measures of harm to the user and to wider society. This includes health damage, economic costs, and crime. As at various times around the world, coffee has been illegal and cocaine has been widely available. Overall, alcohol was the most harmful drug. It considered and ranked the results by many factors including the harm done to one’s self, to others, and to the community. [1]

    A study was published in Britain’s Lancet, one of the world’s oldest medical journals. The conclusion: “Our results show that the safest level of drinking is none.”[8]

    Many studies, including the famous “Blue Zones” study, emphasize the advantages of proper nutrition and diet, often described as plant-based.[6]

    For example, “Adhering to an anti-inflammatory diet was associated with lower risks of dying from any cause, dying from cardiovascular causes, and dying from cancer in a recent Journal of Internal Medicine study,” a September 2018 news release noted.[7] “Anti-inflammatory foods consist of fruits and vegetables … whole grain bread, breakfast cereal, … olive oil and canola oil, nuts, [and] chocolate,” the news release further stated. (Ellen White would disagree with the study’s inclusion of tea, coffee, low-fat cheese and so-called “moderate” red wine and beer consumption as useful foods, however.)

    Dr. Joanna Kaluza, an associate professor at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, in Poland: “Our dose-response analysis showed that even partial adherence to the anti-inflammatory diet may provide a health benefit.”


    [1] Prof David J Nutt, FMedSci, November 1, 2010: “Drug harms in the UK: a multicriteria decision analysis,” news release, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/history-not-harm-dictates-why-some-drugs-are-legal-and-others-arent-110564, accessed online December 26, 2021.

    [2] Center for Disease Control CDC, “1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep, A good night’s sleep is critical for good health”, February 18, 2016, https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p0215-enough-sleep.html, accessed online December 27, 2021.

    [3] Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Nutrition Source, “Water”, https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/water/, accessed online December 27, 2021.

    [4] “More than 4 in 10 Americans Live with Unhealthy Air According to 2018 ‘State of the Air’ Report,” news release, American Lung Association, https://www.lung.org/about-us/media/press-releases/2018-state-of-the-air.html, accessed online October 3, 2018.

    [5] Mead, M. Nathaniel. “Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health.” Environmental Health Perspectives 116.4 (2008): pp. A160–A167. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2290997/)

    [6] Aghajanian, Liana, “How A Meatless Town in California Made Turning 100 No Big Deal,” Jan. 26, 2018, https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/loma-linda-ca-blue-zone-vegetarian-diet, accessed online October 3, 2018.

    [7] “Anti-inflammatory diet linked to reduced risk of early death,” Science Daily, Sept. 13, 2018, https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180913113815.htm, accessed online October 3, 2018.

    [8] Gilchrist, Karen, “No amount of alcohol is safe, health experts warn,” CNBC.com, August 24, 2018, https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/24/health-impacts-of-drinking-no-level-of-alcohol-safe-lancet-study.html, accessed online October 4, 2018.

    [9] Wikipedia, “French Republican Calendar,” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Republican_Calendar, retrieved online October 3, 2018.

    [10] Power, Rhett, “A Day of Rest: 12 Scientific Reasons It Works,” Inc.com, Jan. 17, 2017, https://www.inc.com/rhett-power/a-day-of-rest-12-scientific-reasons-it-works.html, accessed online October 3, 2018.

    [11] Mayo Clinic Staff, “Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity,” Mayo Clinic website, https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389, accessed online October 3, 2018.

    [12] Harvard Health Letter, “The importance of staying hydrated,” June 2015, https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-importance-of-staying-hydrated, accessed online October 3, 2018.

    [13] Koenig, Harold G. “Religion, Spirituality, and Health: The Research and Clinical Implications.” ISRN Psychiatry 2012 (2012): 278730, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3671693/, accessed online October 3, 2018.

    [14] Christophe Andre, Scientific American, January 15, 2019, “Proper Breathing Brings Better Health”, news release, https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/proper-breathing-brings-better-health/, accessed online December 27, 2021.

    [15] Barry M. Popkin “Water, Hydration and Health”, Nutr Rev. 2010 Aug; 68(8): 439-458, retrieved US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2908954/, accessed online December 27, 2021.