simplify your health message

April 29, 2010

in health communication,wellness

four habits can make or break you. that’s the latest research.

the habits are what you’d expect: no tobacco, less alcohol, regular exercise, and more fruits and veggies. and they’re habits we all struggle with, more or less.

reported as “sobering,” this research that claims four habits can take 12 years off your life is actually positive. there’s nothing in there that says you need to become a teetotaler, run a marathon, and go vegan to keep those years. the healthiest participants:

  • exercised two hours per week
  • had one apple, one carrot, and one glass of juice a day
  • quit tobacco—sometimes after long tobacco use and
  • drank two glasses of alcohol (women) to three (men).

essentially, they made four changes that significantly improved their health. not 13. not 64. four.

think about that when you’re designing and communicating your employee wellness program. four things. that’s doable, right?


p.s. for more about making change through small steps and small budgets, i recommend switch. those heath boys know a thing or two about packaging a message. if you’re interested in my doing a review, let me know in the comments.

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Charlene May 6, 2010 at 10:01 pm

love this ~ it reinforces the Take 5 concept that we are trying to promote through the WorkLife Cafe ~ that Taking 5 for short healthy worklife breaks is doable, inexpensive and simple and can make a big difference in employee well-being.


fran May 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm

it’s all about the small, doable change at first, right?!



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