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Better U

Many programs exist to address physical health, but they don't address the unique needs of each individual. In addition, there is rarely mention of mental, or spiritual health—vital elements in establishing happiness.

Any sound physician would argue that your physical health suffers if you are neglecting spiritual and mental well-being. So why are these other facets largely ignored?

Midland Health is proud to offer Better U, a unique holistic lifestyle medicine program addressing all three branches of health—physical, mental and spiritual—to fill in the gaps left by ordinary health programs and help community members live their best and happiest lives.

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) associates a holistic lifestyle medicine approach to health to have a powerful and scientifically-backed impact on an individual’s overall life. According to an ACLM peer-reviewed study on a group of middle-aged volunteers, a therapeutic lifestyle-modification program based on nutrition education and lifestyle improvements “can significantly improve nutrition and physical activity behavior and can reduce many of the risk factors associated with common chronic diseases.” Results of the study found reduced risk factors for cardiovascular disease in the group after six months.

Midland Health believes education and resources are some of the best ways to improve the health of Midlander's and see change in their over-all wellness. 

Better U is offered at no-cost and is completely online. The program is self-paced and comprised of three modules: Healthy U, Enlighten U and Empower U. Within these branches are a variety of different programs to help you find and customize a health plan tailored to your needs.

Healthy U promotes wellness for individuals through the use of good nutritional habits and regular exercise.

Enlighten U focuses on the importance of mental, emotional and spiritual health for overall wellness.

Empower U is a video library full of success stories from real people impacting our community.

Each module contains videos from experts, inspirational stories, brief readings and short quizzes at the end to see what you’ve learned. Each week will also include a challenge to help you stay on track, set goals and apply that week’s lesson into your daily routine.

Better U also includes an array of additional resources: health logs, recipes, Lifestyle Medicine Center classes and the ability to connect a Fitbit to your account to further enhance your health journey.

Midland Health believes the health of a community extends far beyond hospital walls. By working together and providing innovative community resources, like Better U, Midland can and will be the healthiest community in Texas.

To learn more and sign-up for Better U, visit betterutexas.org. The Better U Wellness Portal was designed to enhance an individual’s health journey and should not act in place of a physician. Midland Health encourages individuals to consult their primary care physicians on any health changes or additions. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1500954/

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