What is the Healthy Hospital Initiative?
The Healthy Hospital Initiative is a partnership between the DCHA Program Services Company, Inc. and DC Health to reduce the availability and consumption of sugar sweetened
beverages, and to promote healthier choices in district hospitals.Why are we making these changes?
More than half of District residents are overweight or obese, and diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death. Research shows that decreasing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption can lead to lower rates of chronic disease and obesity. In order to continue the mission of our District hospitals to promote health and healing
we will increase and promote our healthy beverage offerings to make the healthy choice the easy choice for our patients, staff, and community.
How is wellness defined?
There is no consensus around a single definition of wellness, but there is general agreement that at minimum, wellness includes the presence of positive emotions and moods (e.g., contentment, happiness), the absence of negative emotions (e.g., depression, anxiety), satisfaction with life, fulfillment and positive functioning. In simple terms, wellness can be described as judging life positively and feeling good.
Why is wellness important?
Health is more than the absence of disease; it is a resource that allows people to realize their aspirations, satisfy their needs and to cope with the environment in order to live a long, productive, and fruitful life. Wellness integrates mental health (mind) and physical health (body) resulting in more holistic approaches to disease prevention and health promotion.
What role does wellness play in overall health?
Wellness is associated with numerous health, job, family, and economic-related benefits. For example, higher levels of wellness are associated with decreased risk of disease, illness, and injury; better immune functioning; speedier recovery; and increased longevity. Individuals with high levels of wellness are more productive at work and are more likely to contribute to their communities.
How is wellness measured?
Because wellness is subjective, it is typically measured with self-reports. One way to measure your own wellness is by using the CDC Healthy Days Measure. You can take the test several times a year and compare your score each time. While everyone will have a different number, generally, the lower the number, the better.