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LifeScience Center for Health and Wellness is introducing the LiveWell Program. LIFESCIENCE.PH

A typical day for a Filipino who works in an office usually requires nine to 10 hours seated on a desk, and an additional one or more hours in transit, braving the unbelievable traffic congestion. As such, majority of the day is spent sedentary, therefore failing to meet the recommended 300 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity as stated by the World Health Organization.

Even food consumption among Filipinos is tricky because the most accessible, convenient and affordable meals are highly-processed and consist of ingredients high on empty calories such as flour, sodium and sugar. The Philippines was even coined “one of Asia’s most unhealthy countries,” just lagging behind India, Malaysia and Thailand in a study done by Philam Life.

Food intake, lack of exercise and sleep, along with other lifestyle choices and genetics, ultimately impact a person’s overall wellbeing. Predisposed to an endless array of unhealthy choices, it is no wonder heart disease and diabetes are the top health concerns Filipinos face, along with cancers and other chronic respiratory diseases, as cited by the Department of Health.

However, more recent data from Kantar Worldpanel reveal that there is a slow and gradual shift in Filipinos’ priorities, now with more importance on health and nutrition. This is seen in the spike in sales of lighter and healthier food alternatives. Taking it a notch higher, more and more Filipinos are also shifting mindsets by putting value on early disease detection and prevention through functional medicine.

In an effort to encourage more Filipinos to aspire for optimal health, the LifeScience Center for Health and Wellness is introducing the LiveWell Program, a 12-month health plan designed to provide a pro-active health support system for the entire family. It is a combination of nutrition, lifestyle and diagnostic testing that goes beyond identifying problems before it’s too late. This is spearheaded by a doctor, who serves as the captain, leading the rest of the care team including nutritionists, health managers, fitness coaches, and fitness therapist in designing a holistic and preventive wellness program for the patient.

eating healthier alternatives than the usual fatty and sugary foods is only the first step to attaining a healthier life.

Michael Genato, Group CEO of RHG, shared, “More Filipinos are considering functional medicine because of the better quality of life they can achieve when optimal health is attained early on. In the last couple of years, we’ve seen a significant increase in the number of patients who seek out functional medicine to address their health issues, or as a measure of prevention.”

As each individual’s body is unique, it also reacts differently to various factors, including nutrition, sleep, stress and lifestyle, that affect a person’s overall well-being. A typical LiveWell program begins with establishing a person’s health bio — from the patient’s birthing method, life events and milestones, and also, tracing and identifying patterns of disease within the patient’s family.
Through the comprehensive health bio, the care team is able to organize the gathered data into one timeline to be able to pinpoint trigger points as it is believed that different situations in a person’s life greatly affect their overall health. Laboratory tests are then performed to be able to decipher what lifestyle changes should be done in order to manage these symptoms and triggers. Incorporating daily exercise, proper sleep and nutrition and even meditation are some of the things recommended in a usual LiveWell program.

Functional Medicine practitioners are well aware that lifestyle changes could be very difficult so it is the care team’s goal to make sure that patients are guided in every step of their LiveWell journey. Similar to a mother holding her child’s hand, health coaches do the same with their patients — acting as shepherds that guide, help and encourage their patients to achieve their health goals. Twenty-four follow-up consultations are done with health coaches to ensure a robust body year on year, even without taking maintenance medicines.

Genato highlighted that this does not in any way go against traditional annual check-ups from hospitals, but instead aids in pro-actively finding the root cause of any patient’s possible health concern. As opposed to merely addressing a disease when it has already been acquired, this method ensures that even before it has taken root, preventive measures are already being done.

He reiterated, “This is not a one-time check-up, it is a 12-month program that provides patients with a pro-active health support system. Doing this promotes long-term health, rather than merely providing band-aid solutions for short-term fixes. More practically for Filipinos, this saves them the burden of spending their hard-earned money on expensive treatments to cure various diseases later on.”

The shift in most Filipinos’ mindset on nutrition — eating healthier alternatives than the usual fatty and sugary foods — is only the first step to attaining a healthier life. Subscribing to a holistic, preventive and personalized healthcare program is important so that Filipinos can easily address their health concerns before it gets too late in the game.
To learn more about LiveWell, interested parties may check out lifescience.ph or call (02) 828-5433.

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