Year of Wellness: A look at lifestyle: Removing barriers to healthier living

" The chances are that you know how exercise affects your health. As they say “the proof is in the pudding” – just don’t eat too much pudding to find the truth in this case. One very powerful decision-making group that is starting to recognize the importance of exercise and wellness as a preventative measure are health insurance companies. Thankfully, they are starting to make their way through the pudding and are finding that creating partnerships and collaborations with wellness organizations, like the YMCA, can curb unhealthy lifestyles and be a catalyst for preventing chronic diseases and health issues. Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) administers of the Oregon Health Plan in Tillamook County, has launched a pilot program to test the impact of YMCA usage on preventable health issues."

Click here to read the whole article by Kaylan Sisco and Kelly Benson at The Tillamook Headlight Herald

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