According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 75% of employers' health care costs and productivity losses are related to employee lifestyle choices. The solution is simple. Change the lifestyle and you will fix the problem.
Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) November 26, 2008
Universal health care will not work unless personal accountability is an integral part. Col. Weinstein, author, professional speaker and beach boot camp instructor, just released his new book, Change Made Easy - Your Basic Training Orders to Excellent Physical and Mental Health, published by Advantage Books in Orlando, Florida. His book is a guide to healthy living without all the hype and product promotions. It is designed for corporate wellness programs, youth programs, health and fitness professionals and people who have always or never exercised. It is designed to make health insurance of any kind of secondary concern.
Seven possible fixes to significantly reduce health care costs for employers and individuals could be:
1. Make health care cost dependent upon personal lifestyle.
2. Physicians prescribe fitness and healthy eating first.
3. Physicians prescribe a fitness expert to monitor fitness progress.
4. Physicians prescribe a nutrition expert to monitor eating progress.
5. Nutrition and fitness experts report their progress charts to referring physician.
6. Physician monitors progress and patient either receives lowered or increased health care premiums.
7. The medical file becomes a lifestyle file.
These fixes would shift the focus away from health insurance and access to affordable prescription drugs. An emphasis of health insurance as being the solution to our health care crisis is the very cause of 70 to 80 % of the costs for treatments of illnesses and diseases. It creates a false mindset, "My health is taken care of. I have health insurance. I don't need to eat healthy or exercise regularly."
"According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 75% of employers' health care costs and productivity losses are related to employee lifestyle choices. The solution is simple. Change the lifestyle and you will fix the problem." Yes, it can and must be done. "The present economic crisis is an opportunity for every one of us to do some soul searching and make some very fundamental changes about how we lead our lives."
Col. Weinstein's book cuts straight to the heart of the matter and offers real, cost effective, solutions that are easy to implement:
- How to solve the health crisis.
- How to implement a corporate wellness program.
- How to manage your weight.
- How to organize and implement your own fitness boot camp program.
- How to exercise with little or no equipment.
- How to establish goals and measure performance.
- How to eat.
- How to enhance performance and productivity.
- How to build strong character.
- How to have a meaningful spiritual life.
Asked what motivated him to write this book, Col. Weinstein: "There is too much focus on equating health with the type of health care that results in medical treatment or medication. My mission is to change our culture in such a way as to create a heightened awareness of how we lead our lives and how we can enhance our lives and our health and be healthy because of our lifestyles and not because we have the false mindset that health insurance makes us healthy. It doesn't. The medical costs incurred in this country are a reflection of how unhealthy Americans lead their lives."
"Over $510 billion on medical care was spent on chronic conditions in the year 2000. By 2020, this amount will balloon to over $1 trillion, according to The National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. That's about the equivalent of one economic bailout per year."
The book, Change Made Easy - Your Basic Training Orders to Excellent Physical and Mental Health, can be ordered as paperback through Advantage Books, Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.
Title: Change Made Easy - Your Basic Training Orders to Excellent Physical and Mental Health
Author: Lt. Col. Bob Weinstein, USAR-ret.
Publisher: Advantage Books, Orlando, FL, http://www.advbookstore.com
Genre: Fitness & Health
Number of Pages: 252
Dimensions: 6.69" x 9.21"
About the author:
Lt. Col. Bob Weinstein, nationally known as The Health Colonel, was born in Washington, D.C., grew up in Virginia and spent 20 years in Berlin, Germany. His real name is Joseph Weinstein and has always been called Bob. He is retired from the Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel with 30 years of service and spent about half of that time as a military instructor with the Command & General Staff College. He now resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
He has been featured on radio and television, among others, on the History Channel and Fox Sports Net as well as in various publications such as The Washington Times and The Miami Herald.
His background is unique and diverse: military instructor, attorney, motivational speaker, wellness coach, certified corporate trainer, and certified personal trainer. Bob is fluent in German and English.
He specializes in a military-style workout on Fort Lauderdale Beach that incorporates strength, cardio, flexibility and agility training, both personal training and group sessions.
His website: http://www.TheHealthColonel.com