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Experts promote focusing on positivity for wellness during weekend event

by Heather Warlick Published: March 26, 2013

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.

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by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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