LifeStyle Medical Center LifeZones
The LifeStyle Medical Center LifeZone graphic represents four key components that form the foundation of a healthy lifestyle, as well as other influencers (represented in the outer circle of the graphic) on your ability to attain and maintain a healthy lifestyle in the short and long term.
Four Key Zones
Research has clearly shown that there is a connection between the food we eat and our risk of developing chronic conditions such as Obesity, Diabetes, Hypertension, Heart Disease and a number of other conditions. Attaining and maintaining a healthy diet can help to prevent the onset of chronic conditions and/or can help to delay the onset of complications in people who have an existing chronic lifestyle associated disease. Adopting a healthy balanced and nutrient dense diet is a critical component necessary to ensure success in health management.
The connection between inactivity and an increased risk of developing chronic disease is well recognized in Lifestyle medicine and has been identified by the World Health Organization as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality (6% of deaths globally). People who live active lives tend to have a reduced risk of developing chronic disease states like Obesity, Hypertension, Diabetes, Heart disease, as well as a number of other conditions. Incorporating regular physical activity involving bodily movement and done as part of playing, working, active transportation, house chores, recreational activities into your daily routine for 30 minutes is fundamentally important when pursuing a healthy lifestyle.
Adequate sleep, and identifying factors that may be interfering with a healthy sleep routine, is another key component of attaining and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, insufficient sleep has been linked to the development, and subsequently, the management of a number of chronic diseases and conditions that lead to premature death and illness, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. It is important to get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep each night required to maintain health and prevent disease.
Reliable knowledge about your health, as well as what constitutes a healthy lifestyle, is fundamentally important to ensure success in managing your health. At Lifestyle Medical Center, our goal is to support and empower our clients with accurate health information. We enable and equip you to make decisions that will help you effectively attain, maintain and sustain your health goals.
Outer Circle LifeZones: Factors that Influence your Ability to Live a Healthy LifeStyle.
Multiple factors can affect your ability to implement the four key components necessary for attaining and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. These factors can be related to environmental causes or may be affected by intrinsic characteristics.
Environmental factors that impact one’s ability to implement and maintain a healthy lifestyle include: Occupation (such as night shift work, desk job), Life Events (such as a death in the family, birth of a baby, moving, divorce or separation, changing jobs), environmental stresses (such as tight deadlines, relationship conflict, inadequate social support systems).
Inherent characteristics that can influence one’s ability to attain and maintain healthy behaviors include: feelings of self-efficacy, one’s sense of emotional well-being, mindfulness, and one’s ability to cope with and manage situational stress. Addictive tendencies may also impact one’s ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Thus, identifying individual susceptibility is vital to ensuring success in managing your health.
Additionally, lifestyle habits can either promote healthy behaviors or sabotage them. It is important to identify and alleviate personal habits that may be sabotaging your goals, as well as reinforce those that are promoting your health goals.
At the core of the LifeZone is personal “motivation” and “compliance.” These are critical factors that will ensure your success as you pursue health and/or aim to manage a chronic condition well. At LifeStyle Medical Center, we work with you to identify what your level of motivation is and work with you to raise or maintain your level of motivation so that you can achieve your health goals. We are also committed to an ongoing monitoring and education process, which we have found to successfully, enhances compliance and the attainment of personal health goals.
At Lifestyle Medical Center, we help you get your LifeZones on track for a healthy lifestyle!