I read an article today that differentiated the difference between being proactive and reactive with your health. People who are sick tend to be reactive by visiting doctors, taking medication, and otherwise attempting to alleviate a certain problem. People who are proactive tend to seek out products and services that will prevent disease, slow down the aging process, look better, feel healthier, feel more energized, etc. This is essentially what the wellness industry is all about, and it is a $500 billion industry! The article went on to give some statistics, which I would like to share with you:
- In studies of coronary bypass patients, only 1 in 9 is able to make necessary health changes on their own
- 70% of health care costs stem from preventable diseases (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Stress undermines work productivity in 9 out of 10 companies (Industrial Society Survey)
- 70-80% of physician visits are stress-related (U.S. Public Health Survey)
- Obesity, diabetes, and heart disease have reached epidemic proportions – almost all are preventable (American Medical Association)
- Every dollar invested in worksite wellness yields 300-600% return through reduced absenteeism, increased productivity, and decreased health related costs (Partnership for Prevention National Coalition).
I believe these statistics alone should motivate all of us to work toward achieving our health goals every single day in order to prevent disease and lead more productive, fulfilling lives.
This information was taken from an article entitled “Coaching the Wellness Revolution” by David Krueger, MD.