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12 Habits of Highly Healthy People
A wellness program for any age and every stage of life

About 12 Habits

12 Habits of Highly Healthy People is a comprehensive guide designed to implement meaningful and permanent healthy lifestyle habits.

Developed by globally-renowned wellness expert, Dr. Kerry Olsen, who served as medical director of the Mayo Clinic's Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center.

The 12 Habits of Highly Healthy People was developed at the Mayo Clinic for its own employee wellness program.

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The 12 Habits Program

Each month, employees using 24alife Corporate will be introduced to a new habit and receive goals, educational messages, activities, reminders, and strategies to successfully incorporate each habit.

Habit in MarchPreventive Health Care Testing

Preventive services are an important part of improving and maintaining your health care. Screening test results provide a snapshot of your current health and reveal opportunities to make healthy changes. Screening tests can also help detect problems early on, which is often the key to successful treatment and possible reversal of illness or disease. Keep in mind that screening recommendations change periodically. Also, unnecessary screening may lead to unnecessary testing, expenses, labeling and/or anxiety. Be sure to check with your health care provider about which tests you should have done.

Habit in AprilPortion Sizes

Food and drink portions have increased dramatically over the past few decades, changing the norms for individuals. It is important to understand food portion sizes as overeating can adversely affect our health. A portion is the amount of food on your plate. A serving is a precise amount of food, defined by common measurements such as cups, ounces, or tablespoons. It is generally a recommended amount and often found on food labels. Focus on increasing the size of your healthy foods while decreasing the portion size of unhealthy foods. Eat mindfully and enjoy your food.

Habit in MayAdequate Sleep
There are several factors that can interfere with a good night’s sleep - work, family commitments, stress, household chores, etc... In turn, sleep impacts our personal health. It may be obvious that inadequate sleep makes us more irritable and unable to concentrate. Sleep also impacts our weight and immune system, as well as our risk for serious medical illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and depression. Consider sleep as you work toward personal goals and for long-term health benefits.

Habit in JuneTry Something New

The experience of trying new things and learning new skills or knowledge can contribute to our personal development and growth. You may discover your purpose, increase your motivation, and build new relationships through novel experiences. Trying new things leads to increased confidence and self-esteem. It reduces boredom, loneliness and is a major driver in personal growth. Education may be the most important variable to improve health and prolong longevity – even more valuable as we age.

Program example…

  • Portion Sizes

    Focusing on portion sizes and the 12 Habits program can lead to the benefit of a healthy weight without having to focus on a specific diet…

  • Quick Tip: Snacks

    Studies report that we often eat whatever is available at arm’s length. Avoid keeping high calorie snacks near your desk or eating directly from large containers of food.

  • Quick Tip: Dining out

    When dining out with family and friends, share one dessert with the table or just have coffee and enjoy great conversation.

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