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We All Need a Chief Wellness Officer

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

The prestigious Cleveland Clinic has taken a proactive stance on preventative healthcare by creating a Chief Wellness Officer position and putting Dr. Michael Roizen in the job.  Dr. Roizen is well known for his appearances on the “Oprah” show and as the co-author of health and lifestyle books with Dr. Mehmet Oz.  His impressive resume lists the position as the past chair of the Food and Drug Administration’s advisory committee.

small_clevelandmag_docsDr. Roizen has taken on the cause of preventive wellness through the Cleveland Clinic’s Lifestyle 180 program. Lifestyle 180 provides patients with chronic diseases with a proactive approach to improving their health.  Patients are closely monitored and coached to improve their health and well-being through diet, exercise and stress management.  Interestingly, the program has a dedicated space in an old corporate headquarters building  in Lyndhurst, OH.

By all indications, Lifestyle 180 appears to be an excellent approach to educating patients so they can attain improved health.  This raises a question.  Once patients complete the program, where do they go to maintain and continue to put into action the valuable information and lifestyle tools they have received?  Although patients are encouraged to come in for follow-up appointments – which are important – where do they go?

This is exactly where a medically based wellness and fitness center fills this void.  Patients need a comfortable, unintimidating medically directed facility that provides them with the information, tools and resources they need to continue their journey to improved health.

We all could use a chief wellness officer to pave the way to improved health, no question.  We also need a medically directed facility to put into action and maintain the life lessons that we have learned.  Kudos to the Cleveland Clinic for recognizing the need to improve health through comprehensive wellness strategies.  Now, let’s take it a step further and apply this proactive strategy to a comprehensive medically directed wellness and fitness center so we can live this healthy lifestyle forever.