Monday, November 21, 2011

A New Social Network for Health: CAFE WELL

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CafeWell.  Have you heard of it?  If you are like most of us, you have not heard of this new and invigorating social website.  CafeWell was created in order to provide a safe, secure and anonymous healthcare destination that wants to connect you with other people who share your same healthcare interest and needs.  The CafeWell community is there address your needs, whether it be for a chronic condition support (fibromyalgia, etc.), to healthy lifestyle tips and even wellness challenges. 

There is an event now at Cafe Well RACE to the MOON.  Race to the Moon is open to all HealthAmerica subscribers and is a corporate wellness program whose goal is to get members more fit and active through running or walking.  (The Philadelphia Marathon was yesterday.  I wonder if any Race to the Moon members participated?)  Race to the Moon provides, free of charge to qualified participants, wireless pedometers which tracks their steps and rewards them for milestones and goals.  In just under a month, the Race to the Moon participants have recorded over million steps, an average of 2.5 million per day!

Participants in Race to the Moon are enjoying themselves!  Here’s what participants are saying:

“This race has opened my eyes to my second chance. This is where we turn things around. This is where we get off the couch, go outside, and enjoy life. I always say we do puzzles and board games as a family because it's cheap, but taking a walk with my daughter is free. So, starting tomorrow we are going to take a walk after dinner. Then the next day, and the next day, and the next.”

“The program has finally gotten me on the treadmill to attempt running; I’m trying!”

At my work, we are doing a weight loss challenge.  Seems that many of us are "too busy" for exercise.  (That is my excuse.  All of mine are:  too busy (work/kids' schedules/homework/etc.), tired, lazy.  There I admitted it.  Laziness.)  This week, however, I weighed in 4 pounds lighter than the week before.  Why?  I cared.  I asked questions about what I ate.  I moved.  Maybe not as much as I should have but I definitely did more moving than the week before. 

Unfortunately, I will be on vacation when the weekly results are announced.  I do, however, think I have an excellent chance at winning this week.  We will finish up our challenge just before Christmas break and then will probably start up another after the first of the year.  You know, like all good people who make the New Year's Resolution to "be more healthy."  With CafeWell, we may no longer have a reason to not be more healthy.

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