For The Love Of Valentine
‘Tis the season for red-colored petals and delectable packages of cocoa delight (chocolate truffles, anyone?!?!). The indulgence in material goods as a traditional and cultural cornerstone for showcasing affection and adoration is cyclical in nature and quite contagious. Although material goods may come and go, the positive domino effects elicited by the actions of love-through giving and receiving- can regenerate and multiply. This regeneration, in turn, can be impactful at the individual, population, and global level.
One of the most powerful examples of unwavering and unprecedented love is enveloped through the application of lifestyle medicine practices. To enrich upon one’s existence the opportunity and capability of adding quality life to years and years to life is by far a potent showcase of love. This showcase touches the core of optimal health and well-being and exists well beyond the Lindt box of chocolates. Through the collaborative integration of lifestyle medicine practices and fostered longevity-promoting environments, the gift of health runs parallel to the love we give and receive for another’s success, productivity, and happiness. To impart the essential components of lifestyle medicine onto yourself and others is truly a love beyond compare.
Lifestyle medicine allows us to reap the long-term benefits closely associated with our domestic and global centenarian populations: happiness, health and longevity. This lifestyle medicine dosage, in reference, isn’t right, perfect, or flawless. It does not align perfectly with any normal distribution or get solved through a mathematical equation. The dosage speaks less about fads and fictions and, rather, speaks volumes about bliss, enjoyment, and fun. These elements are sprinkled into each one of our actions so that lifestyle medicine becomes more like a rhythmic ribbon flowing steadily and easily into daily existence rather than a chore buried into our next day’s workload. This dosage is not about frequency, intensity, or time but rather self-satisfaction, fulfillment, and love.
Lifestyle medicine, with its bountiful resources, provides a wide array of prescriptions that assist us in leading a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. This medicine is built on the constructs of optimizing the life in our years and years in our life with solutions that please the palate, provide purpose for our movement, create open space for our thoughts and conversations, and enjoyment in our days. These unrestricted solutions have no intent of a love-hate relationship but rather a blissful diversion from the norm to which has been superseded. For health is the greatest wealth but also the greatest love we can give to ourselves and others. Here’s to the love of lifestyle medicine and a life well lived!
Best in health and lifestyle,
Colleen M. Faltus, MS, CWWS, CPT
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Colleen M. Faltus
I earned my BS degree in Applied Exercise Science from Springfield College (2008) and MS degree in Nutrition and Health Promotion at Simmons College (2015). I currently hold certifications through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and National Wellness Institute (NWI) as a certified personal trainer and worksite wellness specialist. Additionally, I am a member of the Worksite Wellness Council of MA as well as an active committee member for their annual conference.
Colleen has experience writing and speaking about lifestyle medicine at both the individual and population health level. My expertise also lies in the design and implementation of people-centric health and well-being programs, with previous experience in both the commercial sector at Sports Club LA and Equinox as well as corporate sector at Google and State Street Corporation. My knowledge and expertise in the development and implementation of individual and population-based health and well-being programs embodies the significance of lifestyle medicine solutions for sustainable, positive health outcomes.
Specialties: organizational health and well-being program planning and implementation, lifestyle medicine practices and solutions, disease and stress-management, individual and population-based exercise prescriptions