Many people spend their days trying to build wealth. But taking a positive approach to wellness can build health, nutrition experts say.
“A world I would want to see is where people don't worry about the risk of diabetes and heart disease. What they worry about is accumulating what's good with them. Accumulating wellness in the way people value accumulating wealth,” said Dr. James Hill, professor of medicine and pediatrics and executive director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center in Aurora, Colo.
That's a big aspiration, he admits, but taking a positive approach to wellness helps people stay interested in their wellness goals.
“I think people get more excited about focusing on what's right with them than focusing on what's wrong with them,” Hill said.
The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., are teaming up to offer a Women's Weekend of Wellness, April 12 - 14. The weekend is a chance for women to take time out of their busy lives for a retreat where they can concentrate on improving their overall wellness.
Wellness and health are often considered one and the same, Hill said. But the truth is, physical health is only one component of wellness. There are six dimensions of wellness doctors at the event will discuss: physical and metabolic fitness, quality of diet, sleep and life, and stress levels.
“I think intuitively, women get the mind part of this maybe better than men. They know it's important,” Hill said. “I think they struggle with the time and the priority to balance themselves.”
As caregivers, many women think that to take a weekend to concentrate on themselves is a selfish use of time. But aligning the six dimensions of wellness in your life leads to more success achieving your life's goals, Hill said.
The weekend includes healthful meals, daily activities such as hiking and yoga, seminars about the various dimensions of wellness and an array of fitness-minded physical and meditative activities, led by the fitness team from The Broadmoor, which is owned by The Oklahoma Publishing Company.
The wellness weekend getaway also can be a time for women to gain a new perspective on their lives.
“Perspective — that's a new keyword in the wellness world right now,” said Bev Stewart, fitness supervisor at The Broadmoor. “How you perceive things is what you're going to find. If you're looking for good things in your life, that's what you'll find.”
Stewart and Broadmoor spa director Cassie Hernandez are coordinating the event along with the medical personnel speaking at the event, including Hill, whose Friday seminar is titled “What is Wellness & Why Do You Want it?”
“It's not just focusing on one aspect of health — physical, mental, nutritional — it's how to combine all of that so that your wellness is balanced in every aspect of yourself,” Hernandez said.
For some women who participated in a similar event last year at The Broadmoor, it was a life-changing weekend.
“Overall, the women felt like ‘I laughed, I cried, I learned about what's going on inside,'” Stewart said.
Contributing: Stephanie Earls, The Colorado Springs Gazette