New wellness article presents smart strategies for staying motivated and achieving your good-health goals
December 29, 2011
Whether you'd like to get fit, lose weight, quit smoking, or manage stress, you need a good plan if you are to achieve your health and wellness goals. That's why WPS Health Insurance, Wisconsin's leading not-for-profit health insurer and provider of affordable group and individual health insurance, has teamed up with certified wellness coaches to learn about the challenges people encounter most often, and find out what you can do to overcome those obstacles.
The result is our new article, "How to Meet Your Health Goals: Tips from a Wellness Coach," which offers specific tips that individuals and families can use to set effective goals, stay motivated for the long haul, and make time for wellness in the face of competing priorities.
"Healthy living is happy living," said Jeff Hlavacka, senior coordinator of preventive health services at WPS Health Insurance. "When people live healthily, they feel better, they're more active, they're more positive about themselves and the world around them. They also reduce their risk for illness, which means they may spend less on medical bills. But sometimes, it's difficult to stick to our plans for good health. That's where we want to help."
So we asked Emily Moenck and Sarah Both, two wellness coaches who work with members of WPS group health plans, about the questions they hear most often–and what advice they offer to help people achieve their goals.
For example, many find it difficult to stay motivated day in and day out, and after a few days or weeks, they abandon their efforts altogether. To these people, Sarah suggests staying positive and celebrating each day's successes, however small.
"Instead of feeling disheartened on a day when it's a challenge to stay on track, make a point to celebrate the success and sense of accomplishment that comes from making an effort to stick with your plan. See the day as a victory rather than a burden or a setback. In time, you will develop a sense of optimism and resilience that will help sustain and propel your efforts until the behaviors no longer seem so difficult, and they become a welcome and integral part of your new, healthier lifestyle."
More great suggestions can be found in the full article, "How to Meet Your Health Goals: Tips from a Wellness Coach," which is available for free from the Prevention area of the Learning Center on the WPS Health Insurance website.
"We hope health care consumers find our latest wellness article to be valuable in helping them start smart and stay motivated to achieve their health and wellness goals," said Hlavacka.
WPS encourages health care consumers looking for more wellness tips and strategies to check out the WPS Health Center for free, fun, and educational resources such as our health encyclopedia, interactive symptom checker, our Alive & Well newsletter, and more.
"When people live healthily, they feel better, they're more active, they're more positive about themselves and the world around them."— Jeff Hlavacka, Sr. Coordinator of Preventive Health Services, WPS Health Insurance
About WPS Health Insurance
Founded in 1946, WPS is Wisconsin's leading not-for-profit health insurer, offering affordable individual health insurance, family health insurance, high-deductible health plans, and short-term health insurance, as well as flexible and affordable group plans and cost-effective benefit plan administration for businesses. The WPS Medicare division administers Part A and B benefits for millions of seniors in multiple states, and the WPS TRICARE division serves millions more members of the U.S. military and their families. In 2012, the international Ethisphere® Institute named WPS one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for the third straight year. WPS is the only health insurance company to earn this distinction multiple times. For more information about WPS Health Insurance, visit www.wpsic.com.