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This article is about the health care company, for the scuba gear company, see Healthways .Healthways is a well-being improvement company founded in 1981 and headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee.In 2003, the company topped a list of "America's fastest-growing small companies," based on earnings/share growth, revenue growth, and total return. The company's name was changed from "American Healthways" to "Healthways" in 2006 in order to better compete for business outside the United States. In 2008, the company's stock price decreased because it lost Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota as a customer and because a Medicare experiment on disease management had produced "disappointing results". In 2009 Healthways acquired HealthHonors, a behavior economics company that specializes in behavior change science and optimized use of incentives. Wikipedia.

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The International Association of HealthCare Professionals is pleased to welcome Mark Harrison Nolting, ND, Naturopathic Physician to their prestigious organization in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Dr. Nolting is a highly trained and qualified physician with an extensive expertise in all facets of his work, especially natural medicine, asian medicine (acupuncture), and bioidentical hormone replacement therapies. With over three decades of experience in his field, he is currently serving as the Medical Director within Edmonds Wellness Clinic in Edmonds, Washington, the premier destination for age management medicine (anti-aging), natural health care, and wellness strategies in Washington State. Additionally, Dr. Nolting serves as a Senior Medical Director of Physical Medicine at Healthways Inc., a position he has held for 15 years. Dr. Nolting gained his education at Bastyr University, and completed Asian Medicine residencies, training, and teaching in China. He is currently a certified BioTE (bioidentical hormone replacement) physician, and has earned the coveted title of Diplomate of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics as well as the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. Dr. Nolting strives to educate his patients in wellness and age management while offering effective natural therapies. Dr. Nolting stays current in his field by maintaining professional memberships with the Age Management Medical Group, American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and the Washington East Asian Medicine Practitioners Association. Furthermore, he is a member of the editorial board of the (International) Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine. For his wealth of experience and knowledge, Dr. Nolting is a sought after international speaker on natural medicine, specifically age management and natural hormone (BHRT) topics. He attributes his success to his persistence and exposure to different cultures throughout his education, and in his free time, Dr. Nolting enjoys golfing, exercising, Tai Chi, walking his dog, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends. Learn more about Dr. Norling here: http://www.iahcp.com/8134761.html and be sure to read his upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.


News Article | May 5, 2017
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Ms. Dennis most recently served as senior vice president for Health and Care Engagement at HealthPartners where she was responsible for the vision, strategic direction, and operational leadership for delivering an integrated and personalized experience for patients and members. In addition to her work at HealthPartners, Dennis has also served in leadership roles at Healthways/Tivity and Medica, and has held management positions in banking, commercial construction, and government service industries. The selection of Dennis completed the search process facilitated by Wheless Partners, a global executive search firm. During the interview process, a large prospect pool was narrowed in stages to a small group who interviewed with the board's CEO Search Committee, and then to a final round who met with board leadership. "Health care is in a state of constant flux," said Kim Mageau, member of Fulcrum's board and CEO Search Committee. "Fulcrum's role in transforming the health care industry away from a cost-per-transaction model into a new paradigm based on outcomes has never been more important. The board is confident Ms. Dennis will leverage her full breadth of industry experience to bring Fulcrum's conservative care model for physical medicine to the forefront as industry best practice.  Her strong leadership will ensure Fulcrum's ongoing growth and expansion." To learn more about Fulcrum, visit the new company website at www.fulcrumhealthinc.org. About Fulcrum Fulcrum Health, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that develops innovative and inspiring ways to leverage physical medicine that not only help lower health care costs, but also achieve better outcomes and increased patient satisfaction. The organization offers an array of physical health products and services including chiropractic, acupuncture, physical, occupational, speech, and massage therapy. For more information, visit fulcrumhealthinc.org. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fulcrum-board-selects-patricia-dennis-as-new-ceo-300452061.html


News Article | May 3, 2017
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The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the premier conference for the $3.7 trillion global wellness industry, released five trends shaping the future of Florida’s wellness market at a press conference held at The Breakers, Palm Beach, the site of the 11th annual Global Wellness Summit. The 2017 Summit theme, “Living a Well Life,” will put a spotlight on how the future of wellness will impact every aspect of an individual’s life. The GWS, which takes place October 9-11, will include keynotes from dozens of high-profile experts, including Dr. Richard Carmona, former U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Andrew Weil, and Dr. Mehmet Oz, and draw 500+ delegates from over 45 nations to Florida. “Florida is a booming wellness market, and a real pioneer: for instance, it’s the uncontested world leader in developing new wellness communities and real estate concepts,” said Susie Ellis, GWS chairman & CEO. “Having the Summit back in the U.S. opens up unique opportunities for a dynamic, future-focused agenda - as we will hear from so many visionaries and entrepreneurs from the largest, most innovative wellness economy in the world.” “GWS delegates will walk away from this year’s Summit with a deep understanding and appreciation of how businesses can holistically embrace wellness and thrive,” said Paul Leone, CEO of The Breakers. Five Wellness Trends in Florida Note: a longer analysis of each trend, with Florida examples, can be found here. 1) Florida: World Leader in Wellness Communities & Lifestyle Real Estate Homes and communities designed for residents’ physical, mental, social and environmental health represent one of the fastest growing wellness markets: growing globally from $100 billion in 2013 to $119 billion in 2015 – and projected to jump to $153 billion by 2020. And Florida is the hands-down world leader: an experimental hotbed for wellness real estate concepts. One reason: Florida is the birthplace of New Urbanism (i.e., Seaside and Celebration), which emphasize design features like mixed use, walkability, traditional neighborhoods and transit-oriented development, paving the way for the broader concept of “wellness communities”. Another: the state experiences powerful population growth (from retirees to working people with families), driving constant creativity in new housing concepts. Florida has had shining examples of wellness communities for years, like “smart” wellness city, Lake Nona (Orlando), the most sophisticated example in the world of what master planning for wellness can accomplish. And Florida’s development pipeline is packed: from The District: A Life Well Lived (Jacksonville) to “farm and garden” wellness living developments like The Grow (Orlando). 2) “Conscious Travel”: A Destination’s Values to Increasingly Impact Consumer Choice The environmental values of businesses and hospitality properties have been impacting consumer choice for years. But a future trend – for Florida and the world – is how the human values of a business/property will matter more. The concept of “wellness travel” will no longer be confined to healthy guest programs, it will increasingly include how well the employees are treated or how much a property gives back. For instance, if it’s a disturbing paradox that most wellness resorts have not made worker wellbeing a priority, The Breakers, Palm Beach is a star counter-example: putting the wellness of their 2,000-strong workforce at the heart of everything they do – from an on-site green market to super-affordable child and elderly care on demand. 3) A Coming Wave of DNA, Personal Biomarker & Epigenetic Testing Over the next 5 years a flood of individual genetic tests, and more sophisticated personal biomarker and epigenetic tests, will hit Florida, rewriting how healthcare and wellness get done. The first wave of genetic tests, like 23andMe, returns pure probability data: you have X% more risk of developing certain health conditions. Critical info, but limited by nature, because it’s not our genes that most powerfully determine what diseases we get, but lifestyle factors like diet, exercise, stress and our environment. Enter the science of epigenetics: the analysis of how we turn our genes “on” and “off”, and the basis for a second wave of tests that measure dozens of personal biomarkers to identify what’s genetically modifiable. For instance, a new three-part test coming this year called Wellness FX combines a genetic test; comprehensive blood, body and biomarker diagnostics testing; and an intestinal biome test to deliver a 365-degree personal health profile. This coming tsunami of genetic/epigenetic tests are especially relevant, and a unique business opportunity, for Florida, because of the state’s largely aging population. New medical-wellness business models will arise around these tests, because the interpretation of results and subsequent “prescriptions” need to be overseen by medical professionals. 4) New Directions in Mental Wellness For decades, a physical health focus has dominated in the wellness industry, far overshadowing mental wellness. That ubiquitous industry term “mind-body” hasn’t been an equal marriage, and perhaps significantly less so in Florida with its “body beautiful” culture. But with a serious mental wellness crisis skyrocketing in Florida and globally (driven by everything from always-on work to social media fueling a loneliness epidemic), wellness resorts, spas, and fitness/wellness centers are suddenly ramping up “healthy mind” programming. And Florida’s new mental wellness offerings are so diverse: from new “integrative mental wellness” programs, like spas bringing in neuroscientists to the rise of “drop-in” meditation studios to a much more powerful focus on brain-boosting sleep; arts, creativity and dance; breathwork; and silence and unplugging. 5) The Science of Happiness New studies, like the World Happiness Report, are helping governments to dramatically expand the concept of wellbeing beyond GDP (“money”), including factors like healthy years of life expectancy, social support, trust and generosity. Each year, the studies indicate that beyond financial and physical health, a perception of “fairness” and mental wellness, are paramount for human happiness. Which is why poorer, unhealthier nations can rank happier than rich, healthy ones – and Northern European nations always hit it out of the park. The science of happiness has real momentum (the UAE has even recently appointed the world’s first Minister for Happiness), and the happiness movement has landed squarely in Florida: in March, the first World Happiness Summit was held in Miami. Already, Miami’s Mayor has set a goal to make Miami the happiest large city in the U.S. And according to Gallup-Healthways Wellbeing Index, several Florida metro regions are national leaders: Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island leads the entire nation in reported wellbeing for the second straight year, while North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton ranked sixth out of 189 American cities. The “science of happiness” will impact Florida’s wellness culture in diverse ways: from a bigger focus on social connection, positive psychology, mindfulness and building healthy communities to adding happiness workshops to employee wellness programs. For more info on the press conference or trends, contact Beth McGroarty: beth.mcgroarty(at)globalwellnesssummit(dot)com or 213-300-0107. For information about attending the 2017 Summit, visit: http://www.globalwellnesssummit.com/2017-summit/ About the Global Wellness Summit: The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) is an invitation-only international gathering that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively shape the future of the $3.7 trillion global wellness economy. Held in a different location each year, Summits have taken place in the U.S., Switzerland, Turkey, Bali, India, Morocco, Mexico and Austria. This year’s will be held at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida from Oct. 9-11, 2017.


News Article | May 15, 2017
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TrackVia, the leading low-code application platform, today announced a partnership with Current, powered by GE, to combine their complementary solutions to help organizations gain instant and real-time visibility and control over their operations. As part of the collaboration, data from Current’s IoT sensor network is instantaneously paired with TrackVia’s highly configurable platform, helping organizations create applications to manage production, logistics, field services, inventory and assets or other critical operational processes more accurately and with greater efficiency, speed and ease. Current, powered by GE, connects the physical with the digital by deploying intelligent sensors that collect real-time data through lighting sensors and intelligent LEDs. The data collected is made actionable with TrackVia, allowing users to instantly visualize and analyze the data, streamline tasks and automate complex operations or field processes. “We’re excited to be partnering with TrackVia to help companies harness Current’s IoT data to streamline their internal processes and workflows and ultimately drive improvements across their enterprise operations,” said Robin Baker, Head of Partnerships & Alliances, Intelligent Environments, Current powered by GE. “This alliance supports our goal to provide unparalleled, high value solutions to our customers, and grows our capabilities as a leader in the space.” The TrackVia application platform bridges the gap between having to use paper or spreadsheets and heavy, rigid enterprise software systems. A true low-code solution, TrackVia allows business and IT professionals to rapidly configure enterprise workflows applications across web and mobile devices with drag-and-drop ease. TrackVia’s flexibility and configurability also means that organizations can tailor their applications to fit their precise needs and requirements. Additionally, the platform’s robust API, along with its pre-built connectors, allows TrackVia’s web and native mobile applications to be easily and seamlessly integrated into any new or existing corporate system. “The partnership between TrackVia and Current, powered by GE, will combine two of today’s most cutting-edge technologies in an effort to help organizations operate more efficiently and intelligently,” said Pete Khanna, CEO at TrackVia. “We aim to enable companies to tap into the power of the Internet of Things by creating custom applications that make their IoT data actionable and ultimately transform it into a key driver of their success.” About TrackVia: TrackVia is the only true low-code application platform in the cloud that specializes in streamlining and mobilizing critical operational processes and field workflows. The TrackVia platform allows businesses to rapidly create custom web and native mobile applications that unite executives, managers and workers with all their data, processes and collaboration in one environment accessible on any device. More than 800 businesses rely on TrackVia, including Honeywell, Leidos, DIRECTV, Healthways, Brinks and others. Learn more at: http://www.trackvia.com About Current, powered by GE: Current is the digital engine for intelligent environments. A first-of-its-kind startup within the walls of GE (NYSE: GE), Current blends advanced energy technologies like LED and solar with networked sensors and software to make commercial buildings and industrial facilities more energy efficient & productive. Backed by the power of Predix™, GE’s platform for the Industrial Internet, and a broad ecosystem of technology partners, Current is helping businesses and cities unlock hidden value and realize the potential of their environments. Learn more at: http://www.currentbyge.com About GE: GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the “GE Store,” through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. Learn more at: http://www.ge.com


Portland, May 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With the goal of empowering local communities and improving health across the state of Oregon, the Cambia Health Foundation has contributed an additional $3.8 million to Oregon Healthiest State, a statewide initiative designed to assist Oregon communities in achieving better health outcomes. The Foundation invites other funders to join this exciting movement. The leadership funding from Cambia Health Foundation supports Oregon Healthiest State in expanding the next wave of Blue Zones Project demonstration communities in The Dalles, Grants Pass, and the Umpqua region, including Roseburg. After a rigorous application process led by Oregon Healthiest State, these communities were selected to implement locally driven, cross-sector health and well-being efforts to improve health indicators identified as most important by the community. The first community to benefit from working with Oregon Healthiest State is Klamath Falls where the Blue Zones Project is the implementation partner for the program. Since the initiative began in Klamath Falls in 2015: “We want Oregon to be among the healthiest states in the country, which is why Cambia Health Foundation is committed to this important work to transform the health of our communities,” said Peggy Maguire, president and board chair, Cambia Health Foundation. “Klamath Falls is the first community in Oregon to reap the benefits of working on this initiative and we see enormous potential for improvements in The Dalles, Grants Pass, and the Umpqua region, including Roseburg. Based on the initial positive results, we ask other organizations in Oregon to join us in funding the initiative which directly improves the health, happiness, and longevity of everyone in our communities.” “In order to create healthier communities throughout Oregon, we must provide community leaders with the tools necessary to enact sustainable change,” said Sarah Foster, executive director, Oregon Healthiest State. “The initial investment made by Cambia Health Foundation helped us launch the initiative in Klamath Falls and we encourage other organizations to build on this enthusiasm by funding continued efforts that will help expand the work to other communities. Oregon has moved from 31st to 24th in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index® in the last year and our work aims to build on this momentum.” With a vision that all Oregonians deserve to access to healthy options, Oregon Healthiest State was launched in 2014 and is a cross-sector partnership that engages and inspires Oregonians to create and sustain healthy environments and support healthy lifestyles. Oregon Healthiest State, which is part of the Oregon Business Council Charitable Institute, is the umbrella initiative leading the community transformation strategy across the state. Blue Zones Project Oregon is the implementation partner and manages a nationally recognized well-being improvement model bringing community transformation to life in Oregon. Oregon Healthiest State fundraises for and finances the Blue Zones Project as part of the Oregon Business Council Charitable Institute. In addition to this funding, the local community must also contribute funds toward the total cost of their local initiative. Communities that are interested in learning more about the program should contact Oregon Healthiest State. Oregon Healthiest State is a privately led, publicly supported partnership to assist Oregon communities in achieving better health outcomes.  More than 70 percent of our health is influenced by our behaviors and surroundings, while just 30 percent is influenced by genetics and access to health care. That 70 percent is where Oregon Healthiest State focuses its attention. This cross-sector, statewide movement addresses health and well-being on all levels—physical, mental, emotional, social, financial, and sense of purpose. Oregon Healthiest State will work statewide through initiatives that align allies and resources to take on the state’s most pressing health issues; and at the local level through programs to help communities make healthy options abundant for everyone. Oregon Healthiest State’s goal is that by 2020, Oregonians are healthy, health equity increases, and Oregon is the healthiest state. For more information, visit ORhealthieststate.org. Based in Portland, Ore., Cambia Health Foundation is the corporate Foundation of Cambia Health Solutions, a total health solutions company dedicated to transforming the way people experience health care. Founded in 2007, Cambia Health Foundation awards grants in three program areas: Sojourns (Palliative Care Quality, Access and Awareness), Transforming Health Care and Children’s Behavioral Health. The Foundation has funded $30 million in grants to support these causes. Cambia Health Foundation’s investments in Sojourns advance patient- and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life for people with serious illness by anticipating, preventing and treating suffering. Learn more at www.cambiahealthfoundation.org, and follow us on Twitter: @CambiaHealthFdn. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/7e23d398-dd6c-43fc-a963-8de37e64677a


Portland, May 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With the goal of empowering local communities and improving health across the state of Oregon, the Cambia Health Foundation has contributed an additional $3.8 million to Oregon Healthiest State, a statewide initiative designed to assist Oregon communities in achieving better health outcomes. The Foundation invites other funders to join this exciting movement. The leadership funding from Cambia Health Foundation supports Oregon Healthiest State in expanding the next wave of Blue Zones Project demonstration communities in The Dalles, Grants Pass, and the Umpqua region, including Roseburg. After a rigorous application process led by Oregon Healthiest State, these communities were selected to implement locally driven, cross-sector health and well-being efforts to improve health indicators identified as most important by the community. The first community to benefit from working with Oregon Healthiest State is Klamath Falls where the Blue Zones Project is the implementation partner for the program. Since the initiative began in Klamath Falls in 2015: “We want Oregon to be among the healthiest states in the country, which is why Cambia Health Foundation is committed to this important work to transform the health of our communities,” said Peggy Maguire, president and board chair, Cambia Health Foundation. “Klamath Falls is the first community in Oregon to reap the benefits of working on this initiative and we see enormous potential for improvements in The Dalles, Grants Pass, and the Umpqua region, including Roseburg. Based on the initial positive results, we ask other organizations in Oregon to join us in funding the initiative which directly improves the health, happiness, and longevity of everyone in our communities.” “In order to create healthier communities throughout Oregon, we must provide community leaders with the tools necessary to enact sustainable change,” said Sarah Foster, executive director, Oregon Healthiest State. “The initial investment made by Cambia Health Foundation helped us launch the initiative in Klamath Falls and we encourage other organizations to build on this enthusiasm by funding continued efforts that will help expand the work to other communities. Oregon has moved from 31st to 24th in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index® in the last year and our work aims to build on this momentum.” With a vision that all Oregonians deserve to access to healthy options, Oregon Healthiest State was launched in 2014 and is a cross-sector partnership that engages and inspires Oregonians to create and sustain healthy environments and support healthy lifestyles. Oregon Healthiest State, which is part of the Oregon Business Council Charitable Institute, is the umbrella initiative leading the community transformation strategy across the state. Blue Zones Project Oregon is the implementation partner and manages a nationally recognized well-being improvement model bringing community transformation to life in Oregon. Oregon Healthiest State fundraises for and finances the Blue Zones Project as part of the Oregon Business Council Charitable Institute. In addition to this funding, the local community must also contribute funds toward the total cost of their local initiative. Communities that are interested in learning more about the program should contact Oregon Healthiest State. Oregon Healthiest State is a privately led, publicly supported partnership to assist Oregon communities in achieving better health outcomes.  More than 70 percent of our health is influenced by our behaviors and surroundings, while just 30 percent is influenced by genetics and access to health care. That 70 percent is where Oregon Healthiest State focuses its attention. This cross-sector, statewide movement addresses health and well-being on all levels—physical, mental, emotional, social, financial, and sense of purpose. Oregon Healthiest State will work statewide through initiatives that align allies and resources to take on the state’s most pressing health issues; and at the local level through programs to help communities make healthy options abundant for everyone. Oregon Healthiest State’s goal is that by 2020, Oregonians are healthy, health equity increases, and Oregon is the healthiest state. For more information, visit ORhealthieststate.org. Based in Portland, Ore., Cambia Health Foundation is the corporate Foundation of Cambia Health Solutions, a total health solutions company dedicated to transforming the way people experience health care. Founded in 2007, Cambia Health Foundation awards grants in three program areas: Sojourns (Palliative Care Quality, Access and Awareness), Transforming Health Care and Children’s Behavioral Health. The Foundation has funded $30 million in grants to support these causes. Cambia Health Foundation’s investments in Sojourns advance patient- and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life for people with serious illness by anticipating, preventing and treating suffering. Learn more at www.cambiahealthfoundation.org, and follow us on Twitter: @CambiaHealthFdn. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/7e23d398-dd6c-43fc-a963-8de37e64677a


Portland, May 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With the goal of empowering local communities and improving health across the state of Oregon, the Cambia Health Foundation has contributed an additional $3.8 million to Oregon Healthiest State, a statewide initiative designed to assist Oregon communities in achieving better health outcomes. The Foundation invites other funders to join this exciting movement. The leadership funding from Cambia Health Foundation supports Oregon Healthiest State in expanding the next wave of Blue Zones Project demonstration communities in The Dalles, Grants Pass, and the Umpqua region, including Roseburg. After a rigorous application process led by Oregon Healthiest State, these communities were selected to implement locally driven, cross-sector health and well-being efforts to improve health indicators identified as most important by the community. The first community to benefit from working with Oregon Healthiest State is Klamath Falls where the Blue Zones Project is the implementation partner for the program. Since the initiative began in Klamath Falls in 2015: “We want Oregon to be among the healthiest states in the country, which is why Cambia Health Foundation is committed to this important work to transform the health of our communities,” said Peggy Maguire, president and board chair, Cambia Health Foundation. “Klamath Falls is the first community in Oregon to reap the benefits of working on this initiative and we see enormous potential for improvements in The Dalles, Grants Pass, and the Umpqua region, including Roseburg. Based on the initial positive results, we ask other organizations in Oregon to join us in funding the initiative which directly improves the health, happiness, and longevity of everyone in our communities.” “In order to create healthier communities throughout Oregon, we must provide community leaders with the tools necessary to enact sustainable change,” said Sarah Foster, executive director, Oregon Healthiest State. “The initial investment made by Cambia Health Foundation helped us launch the initiative in Klamath Falls and we encourage other organizations to build on this enthusiasm by funding continued efforts that will help expand the work to other communities. Oregon has moved from 31st to 24th in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index® in the last year and our work aims to build on this momentum.” With a vision that all Oregonians deserve to access to healthy options, Oregon Healthiest State was launched in 2014 and is a cross-sector partnership that engages and inspires Oregonians to create and sustain healthy environments and support healthy lifestyles. Oregon Healthiest State, which is part of the Oregon Business Council Charitable Institute, is the umbrella initiative leading the community transformation strategy across the state. Blue Zones Project Oregon is the implementation partner and manages a nationally recognized well-being improvement model bringing community transformation to life in Oregon. Oregon Healthiest State fundraises for and finances the Blue Zones Project as part of the Oregon Business Council Charitable Institute. In addition to this funding, the local community must also contribute funds toward the total cost of their local initiative. Communities that are interested in learning more about the program should contact Oregon Healthiest State. Oregon Healthiest State is a privately led, publicly supported partnership to assist Oregon communities in achieving better health outcomes.  More than 70 percent of our health is influenced by our behaviors and surroundings, while just 30 percent is influenced by genetics and access to health care. That 70 percent is where Oregon Healthiest State focuses its attention. This cross-sector, statewide movement addresses health and well-being on all levels—physical, mental, emotional, social, financial, and sense of purpose. Oregon Healthiest State will work statewide through initiatives that align allies and resources to take on the state’s most pressing health issues; and at the local level through programs to help communities make healthy options abundant for everyone. Oregon Healthiest State’s goal is that by 2020, Oregonians are healthy, health equity increases, and Oregon is the healthiest state. For more information, visit ORhealthieststate.org. Based in Portland, Ore., Cambia Health Foundation is the corporate Foundation of Cambia Health Solutions, a total health solutions company dedicated to transforming the way people experience health care. Founded in 2007, Cambia Health Foundation awards grants in three program areas: Sojourns (Palliative Care Quality, Access and Awareness), Transforming Health Care and Children’s Behavioral Health. The Foundation has funded $30 million in grants to support these causes. Cambia Health Foundation’s investments in Sojourns advance patient- and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life for people with serious illness by anticipating, preventing and treating suffering. Learn more at www.cambiahealthfoundation.org, and follow us on Twitter: @CambiaHealthFdn. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/7e23d398-dd6c-43fc-a963-8de37e64677a


News Article | November 28, 2016
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NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Donato J. Tramuto, CEO of Healthways, Inc., philanthropist and global healthcare activist, is now also a published author with the release of Life’s Bulldozer Moments: How Adversity Leads to Success in Life and Business. The book, published by Hamilton Books, an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield, reflects the challenges Tramuto has faced throughout his life that have inspired him to succeed against all odds, beginning with the loss of his hearing as a young boy, which was only partially restored years later.  Tramuto illustrates how adversity can build character and highlights the events that instilled in him the drive to dedicate his life to making the world a more fair and just place for others. “In the healthcare industry, individuals are typically defined by their physical health or their mental health, but we often overlook story health – the experiences that define and transform our lives,” Tramuto said. “In my case, my hearing loss, the death of my sister-in-law in childbirth due to a medication error, the tragic loss of my brother and nephew, and the loss of my friends on 9/11, are moments that struck the very core of my being and challenged me to get back up and live with purpose for another day. I hope that this book will inspire others to share their ‘bulldozer moments’ by recognizing their story health matters.” Because of his severe hearing loss, Tramuto was bullied and ridiculed as a youngster and was later rejected by nearly every college to which he applied, stating his hearing loss ‘disability’ as the reason. However, his tenacity enabled him to not only gain admission, but to graduate with honors and pursue a successful career in healthcare. Life’s Bulldozer Moments chronicles three decades of healthcare industry changes, and includes Tramuto’s ten principles of leadership. “Life’s Bulldozer Moments demonstrates the power of harnessing personal loss and adversity to drive professional success and the power of leveraging professional success to effect social change,” said Senator William H. Frist, M.D. of Tennessee. “Donato’s professional story illustrates the unpredictable trajectory of the healthcare industry over the past thirty years, while his personal experiences gave him an unwavering determination to succeed in business and to improve the lives of others.” In 2001, Tramuto launched The Tramuto Foundation, which will receive all proceeds from the sale of the book. The Tramuto Foundation was established in 2001 to help individuals and organizations achieve their healthcare and educational goals. To date, the Foundation has provided more than 30 grants and nearly 100 scholarships. Driven by a passion to share his success with others, Tramuto also created Health eVillages, an international charitable organization that has provided healthcare professionals with hundreds of state-of-the-art mobile medical devices to diagnose and treat patients in some of the most challenging clinical environments. The program, which is supported in partnership with Healthways, Inc. and Sharecare, Inc, has contributed to a reduction in infant and maternal mortality in developing countries. Tramuto has been widely recognized for his more than three-decade commitment to social change.  In 2014, he was honored, alongside Hillary Clinton, Robert DeNiro and Tony Bennett, with the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope award. “With this book, Donato Tramuto’s descriptive phrase, ‘life’s bulldozer moments,’ has entered the American lexicon,” said Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. “Donato’s message is simple and profound: material success in life and business is best used as a means to end suffering and create a more just and peaceful world.” Tramuto serves on several executive leadership boards, including Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Boston University School of Public Health, Livongo Health Foundation, Brown University Healthcare Leadership Board, Sharecare, Inc., and Safe Harbor Compliance and Clinical Development. For more information about the author and Life’s Bulldozer Moments: How Adversity Leads to Success in Life and Business, please visit: www.tramutofoundation.com. About Healthways, Inc. Healthways, Inc. is a leading provider of fitness and health improvement programs, with strong capabilities in developing and managing network solutions. Through its existing three networks, SilverSneakers® - the nation’s leading fitness program for older adults, Prime® Fitness and Physical Medicine, Healthways, Inc. is focused on targeted population health for those 50 and over. With more than 13.5 million Americans eligible for SilverSneakers, over 10,000 fitness centers in the Prime Fitness Network, and approximately 30 years of clinical and operational expertise in the management of physical medicine benefits including chiropractic services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and complementary alternative medicine (CAM) services, the company touches millions of consumers across the country and works directly with hundreds of healthcare practitioners and many of the nation’s largest payers and employers. About Health eVillages Health eVillages is advancing healthcare collaboration and education by providing state-of-the-art mobile health technology including medical reference and clinical decision-support resources to medical professionals in the most challenging clinical environments around the world. Visit http://www.healthevillages.org/ for more information, and follow on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.


News Article | November 23, 2016
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On December 7, 2016, Trapper Markelz will go beyond the hunt for Pokéballs, Jigglypuffs, and Pikachus and dig into the more complex dynamics of the Pokémon Go experience. In his talk titled “The Success of Pokémon Go and What Health Care Can Learn from It,” Markelz will discuss the mechanics that turn a player’s game world into one filled with exploration and reward, and how this translates into more exercise, improved social interaction, and heightened cognitive abilities for those who play. Markelz will also explore bigger questions about the relationship between health and games. What can we learn from this exciting combination of mobile tech, augmented reality, and gamification? What can we genuinely apply to health care experiences to boost engagement or population health impact, and what is best left to the games? He’ll discuss current trends and take a look toward the fascinating future of games and how we can harness their potential to improve wellness. He’ll also explain how gamification plays a central role in the design and development of MeYou Health interventions. These include Walkadoo, a walking program that saw a spike in participation with the release of Pokémon Go, and Daily Challenge, an intervention that promotes one small healthy action each day. About Trapper Markelz Trapper is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of Boston-based MeYou Health. He has over 17 years of direct experience building consumer-facing digital products that leverage community and conversation. About MeYou Health MeYou Health was founded in 2009 as a subsidiary of Healthways, and spun out in 2016 with venture capital from Ballast Point Ventures and Blue Shield of California. MeYou Health delivers a turn-key, zero-maintenance digital wellness program with proven engagement and proven clinical effect to employer groups of any size. For all inquiries, please email info(at)meyouhealth.com.


Hawaii remains the home of the happiest and healthiest people in the United States. A Gallup poll revealed that the Aloha State got the highest score of well-being, followed by Alaska and South Dakota. In 2016, residents of Hawaii had the highest score on Gallup-Healthways' annual survey of well-being with a score of 65.2 out of 100, marking the sixth time that the state topped the poll since Gallup-Healthways started conducting it in 2008. No other state in the United States has accomplished this feat. Hawaii residents reported having little daily stress and low obesity rate. They also eat lots of produce, exercise regularly, and feel safe where they live. "Hawaii has had a heck of a run," said Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index research director Dan Witters. "They do a lot of things right there. They take good care of themselves. They do the blocking and tackling of physical wellness really well." Alaska, which came in second in the poll, was also second runner-up in 2015. Other states that made it to the top of the annual survey include South Dakota, Maine, and Colorado. The rankings are based on interviews involving more than 177, 000 adults in 50 states. They survey was conducted between January and December 2016. The well-being scores were based on the participants' answers to questions that pertain to different aspects of well-being such as social relationships, sense of purpose, financial lives, physical health, and community involvement. States with the lowest well-being scores include Rhode Island, Louisiana, Alabama, Ohio, Arkansas, Indiana, and Oklahoma. Kentucky and West Virginia have been at the bottom spots of the list for eight years now. In a statement, Gallup said that well-being appears to have a regional pattern. States in the northern Plains and Mountain West were more morely to have higher well-being scores compared with states in the South and the industrial Midwest. Florida albeit in the South, however, is twelfth on the list and Nevada, although in the West, has a lower well-being score than its neighboring states. While 2016 is popularly being described as the worst year ever, the poll revealed that the overall well-being of Americans improved slightly. The country's average well-being score in 2016 was 62.1, which is higher than the 61.6 score in 2015 and 61.6 score in 2014. Gallup-Healthways said that among the factors that influenced the well-being of Americans are the rise in the percentage of people with health insurance in 2016 and a reduction in the percentage of people who smoke. "Improvements in well-being at the national level are driven by improvements at the state and local levels," Gallup said in a statement. "States like California, Texas and Florida have had much stronger showings in the last few years, demonstrating that improvement over time is possible." Despite these improvements, some markers of well-being also declined in 2016. The percentage of Americans with diabetes and obesity, for instance, increased and the percentage of those diagnosed with depression hit its highest level since the the Gallup and Healthways Well-Being Index started. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

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