Mastering health

Posted by janelle on February 2, 2011 in Networking |

The trip to Seattle tonight was well worth it. The PRSA Masters Program was incredibly informative: from the health care reform recap by Ron Lahner, attorney and partner at Dorsey and Whitney’s Global Health Group, to the presentations on Starbucks’ health and wellness initiatives by Trina Smith and Shannon Boldizsar to the overview of REI’s healthy outreach efforts by Libby Catalinich, Director of Corporate Communications.

Turning the tide on America’s health care woes will take some work–and a little more personal responsibility from us all– but tonight’s program demonstrated to me how many people are pulling in the same direction– in their own ways.

Daunting stat: In 1980, fewer than 50 percent of Americans were overweight or obese. By 2006, nearly 70 percent of Americans were.

That’s why health and wellness is becoming so important across corporate America–and in state government.

It was interesting to learn how Starbucks continues to refine its offerings to provide more healthy and “whole” foods– fewer calories, fewer unnecessary additives– and how they banded together with other companies to establish a national nutrition labeling standard so we can all learn just how many calories we’re dumping into our bodies when we stop by for our daily Starbucks fix. By the way, I LOVE the skinny caramel macchiato— 2 points forĀ  a tall if you’re counting! Be sure to download the new MyStarbucks app to check out nutrition from your smart phone.

Libby’s presentation reminded me how lucky I was to have a father who valued the outdoors and loved teaching us about it. It’s sad to think about how many kids miss out on the opportunity to hike in the woods–and I’m vowing to take better advantage of those trails up at Lake Quinault this year! REI is helping kids across America take advantage of the wonderful wilderness opportunities available to us all through its Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids program.

All in all, thank you to PRSA Puget Sound– and especially our Masters chair, Chris Bridenbaugh, for a great program. Way to add value to our membership!

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