WellBalance Weight Loss Camps Develops Innovative Health Score Measure

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WellBalance Health Score uses scientific research and proprietary algorithm to provide medical, emotional, and fitness health assessment score

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“This WellBalance Health Score provides a simpler way to communicate the opportunity our participants have for better health," commented John Gordon, CEO.

WellBalance fitness and weight loss health camps developed an innovative assessment model called the WellBalance Health Score to measure an individual’s medical, emotional, and fitness health. The WellBalance Health Score includes 18 various measures including weight, BMI, resting heart rate, timed mile, and emotional assessments.

“A person’s health is more than a number on a scale, and we were anxious to reinforce this to our weight loss campers and their families,” observed John Gordon, CEO of WellBalance, “This WellBalance Health Score provides a simpler way to communicate the opportunity our participants have for better health and more importantly to show our campers their amazing progress in improved health over a variety of health measures.”

A perfect WellBalance Health Score of 1000 means an individual is within the normative ranges for each of the eighteen measures, with each of these eighteen measures weighted differently based on that measure’s relative impact to a person’s overall wellbeing. The Health Score not only provides an initial overall score but can be utilized to demonstrate a person’s progress towards better physical or emotional health.

“Having spoken to thousands of families over the years about their health, I believe having one overall Health Score is incredibly useful,” stated Dr. Gary Curran, Chief Medical Officer of WellBalance who helped develop the measurement, “The WellBalance Health Score can help people understand which areas of their health need improvement and as the individual works on their health this same Health Score can demonstrate progress.”

The scoring system algorithm of the WellBalance Health Score also factors in the relative difficulty of improvement as one nears their normative range. For instance, a weight loss camper at WellBalance who is close to the normative range and loses two pounds scores better than another individual who loses two pounds but has a greater amount of weight to lose to near the normative healthy range.

“There are so many factors that go into an individual’s overall good health, and very little understanding as to the degree of the issue, especially if an individual struggles in multiple different health measures,” continued Dr. Curran, “While a high BMI, for instance, can be a precursor to other health issues, adding in multiple other measures such as high resting heart rate and poor fitness levels can indicate even greater health risks. The WellBalance Health Score takes into account how the potentially cumulative degree of the individual’s health challenges.”

WellBalance provided weight loss campers from 2011 with their initial and final Health Score results from their stay in order to show the campers, their families, and their doctors their overall health improvements. This year WellBalance will use an expanded Health Score to reflect additional health measures.

“The WellBalance Health Score is a great tool for our weight loss camp families as well as other community partners interested in our scientifically based model,” stated Mr. Gordon, “It is a ever-changing and improving score that reflects our philosophy that ‘Healthy living is a journey, not a destination’.”

For more information about WellBalance weight loss camps, food and fitness boot camps, or the WellBalance Health Score, please visit http://www.WellBalance.com or call (800) 975-0435.

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WellBalance designed the ME Plan to Motivate & Educate on what medical research shows works for sustainable fitness, weight loss, and health success. Founded by professionals and guided by experts who have led some of the largest behavioral health, mental health, and treatment programs in the country, WellBalance is working to become the fitness and weight loss leader with a focus on improving an individual’s overall health. WellBalance developed the WellBalance Health Score© to rate a person’s overall medical, emotional, and fitness health status as well as show a person’s progress towards health norms. WellBalance operates adolescent summer camps, local programs, and fitness programs for adults. For additional information please visit http://www.wellbalance.com or call (800) 975-0435.

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