December 3, 2013

Lifestyle transformation plan offered at Gordon Hospital

Submitted by Gordon Hospital

CALHOUN — More than $60 billion has been spent by Americans this year alone on weight loss and better health-related products and services.

That staggering figure proves that people truly desire to live healthier, says Gordon Hospital’s Melissa Hannah. But glossy magazine advertisements and awe-inspiring television commercials lead them to believe that certain diets, surgeries, and medications are the only answers to their lifestyle problems.

“Health and fitness fads come and go, and oftentimes with short-lived results,” says Hannah. “While some of our health issues are inherited genetically, we all know that a healthy life begins with our own lifestyle choices.”

Hannah serves as coordinator for the CREATION Health program at Gordon Hospital, a lifestyle transformation program designed to help people live life to the fullest by focusing on the eight universal principles of whole person health God originally gave at Creation.

“Our faith-based wellness program is quite sound,” Hannah says. “It is based on Biblical principals and is backed by evidence-based science.” Additionally, eight area Physician’s offer their own time and expertise to do the presentations each week.  Participants not only come to hear scientifically-based information, they have direct access to ask the Physician presenter questions about their own health goals.  

Supported by the Adventist Health System, a world-class, world-wide health care institution with a global mission, the CREATION Health lifestyle is helping people all over the world live longer and healthier lives.

“We just completed our first eight-week seminar series here at Gordon Hospital and are excited about the next series planned for January,” Hannah says. “Our participants finished the series armed with information that will help them make better choices and live healthier lives.”

Participant Joan Smith agrees.

“This is an incredible program and very motivating” says Smith, who recently attended the series at the Harris Radiation Therapy Center at Gordon Hospital. “I really learned a lot from the different presenters each week and I greatly appreciate the physicians and clinicians who offered their time and knowledge to us.”

The eight universal principles of CREATION Health include:

C-Choice: Choice is the first step toward improved health because people who believe they are in control over their own lives are healthier and live longer.

R-Rest: Rest is good sleep and also taking time to relax. Relaxation lowers blood pressure and reduces stress.

E-Environment: Environment is our external world but also affects what happens within us for the better or worst.

A-Activity: Activity includes physical and mental conditioning. Our goal is to be active in mind, body and spirit.

T-Trust: Trust in God speaks to the relationship between spirituality and healing. A link exists between faith and wellness.

I-Interpersonal Relationships: Interpersonal relationships strengthen our well being. Social connection fortifies our resolve and improves our health.

O-Outlook: Outlook creates our reality. Our mind influences our body and our attitude impacts our health.

N-Nutrition: Nutrition is the fuel that drives the whole system. Small improvements and strategic substitutions produce profound results.

Hannah adds that massive landmark studies have proven this program’s effectiveness.

“These studies were funded by the National Institutes of Health, World Health Organization and the National Cancer Institute among others,” she says. “More than 150,000 people were studied all over the world.”

 The following results are in comparison to the general population: death rates from all cancers are 60 percent lower for men and 76 percent lower for women; lung cancer rates are 21 percent lower; colorectal cancer rates are 62 percent lower; rates of breast cancer are 85 percent lower; and coronary heart disease rate are 66 percent lower for men and 98 percent lower for women. 

“With results like these, there is no other program quite like ours in the world,” Hannah said.  “We are excited to be able to offer it right here in our community. The physician presenters we have scheduled so far include Dr. Lorie Hughes, Dr. Don Taylor, Dr. Joy Nwadike, Dr. Joni Yamamoto, Dr. Scott LePor, Dr. Laverne Keizer, Dr. Chris Yamamoto and Dr. David Brannon.”

The next eight-week seminar series is planned to start on Thursday, January 9, 2014 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. A meal will be served. While the seminar and meal are free, registration is required due to space limitations. For more information, or to register, please call (706) 602-7800, ext. 2305.