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Behavior Change Revolution

I was listening to a podcast from Freakonomics Radio entitled “How to Launch a Behavior-Change Revolution.” It relates entirely to my everyday struggle as a health and fitness professional, and covers an underlying issue for client success in Healthy Weight Lifestyle Programs at Doctor for Life.

Behavior change is a big ask. Experts understanding thinking and decision-making is tough. The average person understanding his or her own influences and patterns is tougher. And that person actively choosing to change and diligently fulfilling that path is the toughest of all. I say to clients all the time, “Knowing what to do and actually doing it are two different things.”

The podcast representatives state that human nature is to “repeatedly make decisions that undermine their own wellbeing” and that “people rarely behave as rationally as economic models predict.” They believe that studying and trying to implement behavior change is the most worthwhile pursuit for any scientist, that it is wise to help people make better decisions for themselves and for society. I agree.

With the staggering and growing statistics in obesity and chronic disease, particularly a lifestyle-related disease like Type II Diabetes, I do not doubt that the general public is ignorant to the fact that all these per-day and per-meal unhealthy decisions add up. Of course, it is much more convenient to eat a fast food cheeseburger today than to worry about how that affects many tomorrows and premature death.

This podcast focuses on a group of researchers, a dream team, coming together to work on the Behavior Change for Good Initiative. Their mission is to determine best practices in three realms – number one being Health (smoking cessation, healthy eating, increasing exercise, reducing alcohol consumption). They are partnering with large organizations for participation and funding of real-world experiments, helping scientists discover insights that could address the pressing social problem of self-destructive humans and establish long-lasting behavior change.

The Behavior Change Revolution has been happening for decades – in academia for a while, and creeping into government policy shops and commercial firms more recently. But it is hardly mainstream yet. Institutional and societal change, when it happens at all, usually happens slowly and with a lot of pushback. So this team’s ambition is quite lofty (and time-consuming, and expensive).

Will it take a nudge? Will it take expanding or shrinking choice sets? Will it take redesigning how incentives in given situations are set up, via smart algorithms or old-fashioned human touch? The ultimate goal is to help people get satisfaction they’ll need in the short-term and outcomes they’ll want in the long-term.

LISTEN >> https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/wnyc/freakonomics-radio/e/51990740

Fitness Director,
Aarika Johnson

 

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Atlanta MANIA

MANIA is an annual fitness convention offered in multiple states by SCW Fitness Education, where professionals go to earn credits, get certifications, network with peers, learn new material and be utterly inspired. This year’s Atlanta conference was held July 28-30, and our Fitness department was in attendance.

One Doctor for Life priority is enlisting the most qualified employees. We take pride in investing in staff, providing Certified Personal Trainers and others with continuing education opportunities. The goal was to have trainers and group exercise instructors return from this conference enthusiastic, knowledgeable and better able to serve clients.

Here’s what the team had to say…

“What a fantastic experience to reinvigorate the spirit! I loved going with colleagues because we got to know one another better, shared a lot of laughs and commiserated over being exhausted after multiple hours of exercise. I felt lucky to have picked such a thought-provoking two-day lineup. My favorite session was Barre Trilogy with Leslee Bender. She was charismatic and wise. The class was part lecture and part activity. We covered warm-ups and cool-downs with myofascial release. I was fascinated by the impact these can have on performance and recovery.”   — Aarika

“MANIA was an overall awesome opportunity. It was a great chance to catch up on what is going on in the fitness industry, what the latest trends are and the current research and application. My favorite class was definitely a tie between Stress and Chronic Disease by Kimberly Garcia and Everything Resistance Training by Dr. Len Kravitz. Both of these lectures were super informative, […] explaining the physiology behind everything we discussed. Dr. Kravitz challenged you to […] take a more scientific approach to training clients. Kimberly Garcia encouraged us to look outside the box at how different factors are stressing the body, and how these stressors may be affecting our clients’ overall health and well-being.”   — Chris

“This past weekend in Atlanta for the SCW Fitness Conference was a wonderful experience, and I certainly think my time was well spent in the classes. Some of the sessions incorporated lectures to refresh already acquired knowledge, and then brought attention to additional information that can be used to further health and fitness for clients and myself. My favorite class was a very challenging workout with SGT Ken, which was as physically taxing as it was mentally exhausting. SGT Ken’s class sparked some ideas of how to workout more efficiently, so that each exercise session presents the rewarding feeling that only comes from the combination of motivation and hard work.”   — Anna

 

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Welcome Aarika

Welcome the newest member of our team – Fitness Director and Development Lead Aarika Johnson!

Doctor for Life is a medical practice specializing in Healthy Weight Lifestyle. With a unique and complex operation, combining Clinical, Nutrition and Fitness services to change lives, the right talent can be hard to find.

Aarika comes to us with diverse experience in communications and health and fitness. She is a Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Counselor, formerly the Wellness Director at the YMCA of Greater Spartanburg, and formerly owning her own marketing and advertising agency Brandfarmers. This blending of industries is an excellent fit for the future vision at Doctor for Life, where our main objective for the coming years is to raise awareness about who we are and how we approach holistic patient care.

 

From Aarika…

I’ve always wanted to help people. I used to say as a child I’d like to be a doctor or a nurse. But school and career took me down a different path in communications. My love for talking and writing was certainly utilized and honed. After many years though, I knew I was not fulfilled. I soul-searched and realized that I wanted to follow my passion for health and fitness, doing something that really matters to me, and to others. I mean, one has to work. Why not let that be work with such purpose? I suppose you could say I quick-started my “second career.” I believe I was so highly motivated and, thankfully, blessed with skills, that I just pushed forward to learn as much as possible, meet countless inspiring professionals and embed myself in a new field. Now, I can say with certainty, I have chosen to be here. Get ready Doctor for Life clients!

 

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