Making Health Happen: A Recap

Last week – and what a week it was! – ended with Dr. Oz in Chicago for the Health Expo and free clinic hosted at Millennium Park. If you were there, you know how great it was (Lisa Oz was there, Daphne Oz was there, Dr. Ro, Dr. G and Richie Byrne, our MC and Oz show warm-up guy, were there). Dr. Oz shared his love for health and more – heck, he had so many smooch marks on his right cheek that I thought lipstick shades were being tested on his face. If you weren’t there or couldn’t attend, plan on busing, flying, driving, or whatever, to the next one.

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Last week – and what a week it was! – ended with Dr. Oz in Chicago for the Health Expo and free clinic hosted at Millennium Park. If you were there, you know how great it was (Lisa Oz was there, Daphne Oz was there, Dr. Ro, Dr. G and Richie Byrne, our MC and Oz show warm-up guy, were there). Dr. Oz shared his love for health and more – heck, he had so many smooch marks on his right cheek that I thought lipstick shades were being tested on his face.  If you weren’t there or couldn’t attend, plan on busing, flying, driving, or whatever, to the next one.

That said, last week was amazingly busy, starting with the young Dr. Oz visiting Cleveland. We began with a whiskey tasting – we had to do it – for a benefit event for the Civic Innovation Lab, an organization that works to spur jobs in Cleveland. Afterward, we enjoyed a Turkish dinner at the marvelous Anatole Café. Next, a motivational talk at John Marshall High School, a HealthCorps school, and numerous radio and TV appearances in Cleveland – including one for LetsMoveIt.org. Next, Mehmet and I attended the Cleveland Clinic Innovation Summit, where predictions on the future of obesity and diabetes treatments, as well as predictions for the next top 10 major breakthroughs in 2011 were made to a gathering of 1100 doctors, scientists, news and media professionals, and investors. All in 24 hours. And there’s still more – but accounts of my Saturday night talk in Boston about the Original Health Nut, a website and contest sponsored by The California Walnut Commission, will have to wait till next week.

One of the greater lessons of the week was when Mehmet made the point that Oprah taught him: “you (all of us)” act on emotion, not on facts on choices for health. We all know that increased activity, fewer calories and stress management reduce weight, yet we are still gaining weight and its consequences – diabetes, heart disease, and cancer – continue to affect millions. So, we have not responded to fact. We need to get emotion into our choices – and not wait for the emotion that follows a heart attack or stroke or cancer or memory-loss diagnosis. I made the point that you should use that emotional moment to clean your refrigerator and cupboards, and set up your environment to make it easy for you to eat healthily (avoid the 5 food felons), be physically active, and meditate 15 minutes, both morning and night, to manage inevitable stress. 

During the week, I did get to coach several people to health, a few new patients with severe coronary artery disease, as well as my usual group using the Enforcer e-coaching site (more on that in several months as we open that up to many more people). And I did get to help lead the Wellness Institute I chair, and talk about YOU Beauty.

I also got to run a cooking demo at the Cleveland Clinic Innovation Summit with master chefs Antonia Lofaso (of Foxtail in LA and now Eddie Murphy’s chef) and Mario Izzo (he’s lost over 100 pounds after weight-loss surgery and is now all-star Cavaliers guard Mo Williams’ chef), and master pediatrician Ellen Rome (co-author with Mehmet and myself of our newest book YOU: Raising Your Child, The Owner’s Manual From First Breath to First Grade).  I moderated the summit’s Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2011. Notable predictions include #5, a new treatment for Hepatitis C, and #1, an earlier way to predict who will suffer memory dysfunction. Then I got to talk with the Eaton Corp HR managers; part of our Wellness Institute is spreading change to employers so they can reduce their costs and be more competitive for jobs, and the CEO of Eaton, Sandy Cutler, is a brilliant job creator. I also spoke to attendees at the Obesity Summit (another meeting at the Cleveland Clinic) about what has helped our employees loose over 174,000 pounds in the last 15 months. We changed the environment to make it physical-activity, healthy-food and smaller-plate friendly (applying the portion control principles of nutrition expert Brian Wansink), and helped our employees manage stress with best friends and Stress Free Now at work.

Last Thursday, I went to Washington DC to learn about wellness changes in the Administration’s policies after the election (thank you HEN and Neela), and I learned how some irresponsible group is trying to force formula producers to make their formula less nutritious for babies to force moms to breast feed. We need great formula fortified with DHA for infants’ brains – some moms can’t/can’t always breast feed.  My next stop was New York for a quick dinner with good friends and Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute supporters, and then we wrapped the week at the Dr. Oz Health Expo.

Choose to walk 10,000 steps a day, grab a buddy to share health choices with, or go to the Stress Free Now website (friends or the program are great ways to manage stress), and don’t forget to buy some beautiful small plates. 

-The Enforcer

Blog written by Mike Roizen, MD
Dr. Roizen is a past chair of a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee and a former editor for 6 medical journals with...