Do Your Body Good

Do you know your family history of heart disease? What about your BMI? Risk for cancer? If you answered “no” to any of these, you’re not alone. It’s time to change that.

Recently, I took advantage of the InBody Body Composition Analysis that Rachel Aure, Altru’s Health & Wellness Specialist, offers at the Center for Prevention and Genetics. I joked that I didn’t want to see the results, similar to what I’ve said about seeing the scale at the doctor’s office. But why was I there? Knowledge is power, right? As Rachel and I reviewed my assessment, I learned I’m in serious need of some muscles. It made me feel empowered. Now, instead of my typical workout of 30 minutes on the treadmill and a few crunches, I hit the weights. I’m doing what is right for my body, and it feels great.

If you feel inspired to learn what’s happening with your body, schedule some time at the Center for Prevention & Genetics. The providers, classes, information and tools available aim to empower individuals to take control of their health. Utilizing genetic information, specialists are able to recommend steps to prevent inherent disease. The Center for Prevention & Genetics also takes a preventative approach to health with providers and programs focused on nutrition, fitness, chiropractic and therapy services. Each focus helps clients stay well, preventing the need for further medical care.

A Good First Step
Beginning in January, the Center for Prevention and Genetics will offer a Prevention Clinic. This clinic takes a comprehensive approach, assessing risk in relation to all dimensions of health. You start by completing health assessments – one based on family history, one on your current health picture. You meet with Dr. Casey Ryan, who interprets this information and offers personal health improvements to avoid disease.

Along with Dr. Ryan’s recommendations, guidelines for fitness and nutrition specific to you are given by other health specialists. Voila! A personal wellness plan is developed to help you live healthier and create a better tomorrow for yourself. You leave with that action plan in hand. You may learn that you need more calcium, that your nicotine habit is affecting more than just your breath, or that a diet low in salt and high in greens can help you avoid the heart disease that runs in your family. You’ll leave with the knowledge that will help you take control of your health. You’ll leave empowered, just like me.

Have you used any of the services at the Center for Prevention and Genetics? If so, how have the results impacted your lifestyle choices? If not, what’s stopping you?

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