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HEALTH & WELLNESS HEALTH & WELLNESS OF NORTH TEXAS T he year 2030 marks an important turning point, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It’s then that all Baby Boomers will be older than 65, meaning that one in five residents will be retirement age. “Within just a couple decades, older people are projected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history,” Jonathan Vespa, a demographer with the U.S. Census Bureau, noted. “By 2035, there will be 78 million people 65 years and older, compared to 76.4 million under the age of 18.” The bureau predicts the next few years to be transformative ones, as the population grows at a slower pace and ages considerably. As Americans look toward living longer lives, we also wish for a good quality in our years, well into retirement. We know that to accomplish this, a focus on health and wellness for people of all ages is important. North Texans look toward the future with a mission of making their neighborhoods, their companies and their cities, places that support and foster their best promise for a life well-lived: health and wellness. AN AGING POPULATION 2060 2035 2016 65 + -18 By the year 2030 1 in 5 residents will be retirement age. WWW.NTC-DFW.ORG SUMMER 2018 BAYLOR SCOTT & WHITE HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER AT THE JUANITA J. CRAFT RECREATION CENTER Removing barriers to care and creating an open flow of information and inspiration is pertinent to improving the health of a community. “I mean, it’s right here in my neighborhood how can you not take advantage of that?” J.D. Evans, a patient of the center, expressed. “I had diabetes, and my sugar was 400. I was in bad shape. As fate would have it, I started going to the Juanita Craft Recreation Center and, in the course of a year and a half, I got myself back to normal. I’m much more energetic now, and I’m working.” This approach has strengthened the programming and effectiveness of both entities in their efforts to provide a variety of programs and services to assist in living a healthier lifestyle and combat our country’s challenges of poor nutrition, hunger, obesity and physical activity. People who live in the Frazier neighborhood in South Dallas have the highest rates of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke in the city. To And the numbers prove it works: A study improve this situation, Baylor Scott & White published in Health Affairs shows that people Health works with the City who went to the center of Dallas in a joint effort to used the emergency provide better prevention and department 21.4 percent access to care. By embedding “I mean, it’s right less and inpatient a comprehensive healthcare services 36.7 percent less, here in my neighborhood team in the local recreation resulting in an average – how can you not take center, residents have cost decrease of 34.5 convenient access to a medical advantage of that?” J.D. Evans percent and 54.4 percent, clinic, one-on-one health respectively, over 12 coaching, nutrition counseling months. and wellness classes. Today, the center enjoys continued success as The partnership was built around the Diabetes members make good use of the information, access Health and Wellness Institute at Juanita J. Craft and support they find in their neighborhood – just Recreation Center, which opened in the summer steps from their own front doors. of 2010 at 4500 Spring Avenue in Dallas. Named for the beloved and well-known community activist Juanita J. Craft, the center has served the neighborhood for many years as a trusted place for individuals and families. The center is now known as the Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness COOPER INSTITUTE WORKS Center at the Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center. CARE AT YOUR CORPORATION: By the year 2035 people older than 65 will outnumber the people under age 18 for the first time. 68 CARE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: The center offers members a variety of services, including: a medical clinic, diabetes education, disease management, nutrition counseling, computer and game rooms, and a fitness and aerobic room. Classes are designed to focus on being active, healthy eating, understanding prescriptions, problem solving, reducing health risks and managing stress. Members participate in ongoing monthly activities which can include fitness classes like yoga and turbo kickboxing, Zumba, line dancing, walking and weight training, to activities like Bible study, ESL classes, tween programs, cooking classes or shopping for fresh produce at the Farm Stand. And, it’s been doing more than espousing the benefits of a concerted effort toward health and wellness – it’s been backing those claims up with research. The Cooper Center Longitudinal Study (CCLS) is the largest and longest longitudinal study in the world of measured fitness. Starting with information collected by Dr. Kenneth Cooper on index cards, the CCLS has now evolved into a database containing 2.5 gigabytes of unprecedented, priceless information. Since the institute’s landmark study in 1989 showing the association between being fit and lower mortality, research from the CCLS continues to evaluate the benefits of regular exercise, healthy lifestyle and preventive healthcare – effectively proving, again and again, that exercise truly is medicine. Corporate leaders with some of the region’s largest companies have taken note of the research and employed it in their company’s own approaches to health and wellness, to the benefit of tens of thousands of employees across North Texas. Many of these executives also serve alongside Dr. Cooper when advocating for health and wellness across corporate America. Research shows that positive lifestyle factors at mid-life lead to healthier golden years with fewer chronic diseases, better quality of life and lower healthcare costs and has provided insights into how to age well. And the numbers are startling – being fit at mid-life results in better health after age 65 as shown by: 37 % less 36 % less hospitalizations for stroke Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias 34% less chronic kidney disease 74 % less hospitalization for heart 44% less colorectal cancer WITH COMPANIES The Cooper Institute was founded in Dallas in 1970 by Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, the “Father of Aerobics,” as a non-profit organization with a simple vision to prove that exercise is medicine. For almost a half-century, the Cooper Institute has not only established the benefit of regular physical activity but also has helped provide links between fitness and many chronic and potentially preventable diseases. Then, Dr. Cooper may have been a little ahead of his time, but today, the Cooper Institute is the heartbeat of health and wellness for citizens, corporations and communities in the North Texas area and beyond. Health risks after the age of 65 decrease the more active you are at mid-life. The Cooper Institute is working with thought leaders from around the country, including The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Stanford University and The University of Texas School of Public Health, to define the optimal life choices that lead to good health. Information like this comes at a crucial time for employers across the U.S. who are struggling SUMMER 2018 WWW.NTC-DFW.ORG 69