8 Weeks to Wellness® is a lifestyle program focused on life and health transformation, founded and developed by Drs. Dane Donohue and Denise Chranowski – twins and third generation Chiropractors specializing in health and wellness. They started practice, strictly as a Chiropractic office, but based on patient needs, they transformed their practice to a holistic model, addressing an individual’s lifestyle. The focal point of their model is health and wellness, rather than sickness and disease. This unique approach led to the development of the 8 Weeks to Wellness program, addressing the three pillars of health: eating well, moving well, and thinking well. To learn more, please watch the video below.
How to Measure Health and What is the Wellness Score?
According to the World Health Organization, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
It is important to have a health care team. We believe that you need a primary care doctor, i.e. a sickness care doctor, and a wellness care doctor, i.e. an 8 Weeks to Wellness doctor. The more you utilize the wellness care doctor the less you’ll need the sickness care doctor.
Typically, people measure their health based on how good they feel at any given moment. However, we all know someone who felt fine one day and was dealing with a health crisis the next day. So, how do you accurately measure someone’s true level of health/wellness?
That’s where the WELLNESS SCORE comes in. The Wellness Score a scoring system measuring and tracking your physiology and function with biomarkers of health. The Wellness Score provides you with a grade of “A” thru “F”, accurately describing the quality of your health and the direction your health is taking. The Wellness Scores of “A” through “F” describe a range of lifestyle qualities from “you are doing fantastic” to, “you need to improve specific facets of your routine” to “you need to take massive levels of action to insure that you do not become a sad statistic.”
Samples of biomarkers that may be measured in our 8WW office include:
BODY MASS INDEX (BMI) – This is a height and weight index. A BMI of 30 or above exponentially increases your risk factors for the 3 biggest killers of Americans: heart disease, cancer, and obesity-related conditions such as diabetes.
POSTURE – Your posture indicates the health of your spine and nervous system. Digital photos are utilized to begin the assessment process of your spine. Needless to say, a picture is worth a thousand words.
CORE STRENGTH AND FLEXIBILITY – Strength and flexibility are measured along with your movement patterns and joint mobility. A strong core helps us support our bodies through its everyday movements. Joints that are moving properly have greater longevity. The average American is in a sitting posture for great lengths of the day, and it takes a huge toll on posture, strength, and flexibility.
BODY FAT PERCENTAGE - The single best determiner of how well we age is how much body fat we gain and how much muscle we lose. Even if the scale indicates our weight is not changing, our body composition is changing as we age. One pound of muscle burns 3 times as many calories as one pound of fat, yet muscle takes up half the space of fat in your body. Knowing your percentage of body fat is crucial to knowing how WELL you are.
HEART RATE VARIABILITY (HRV) – The heart rate variability test measures your nervous system’s adaptation to the world around you. It reveals if your body is adapting and responding appropriately to the stressors you encounter every day. We work with your spine and nervous system to optimize how your body is responding to stress, improving its adaptability and therefore your health.
** This is just a sampling of what we measure with your Wellness Score. Please call 303-215-0390 today to schedule your Wellness Score exam it. Schedule today so we can let you know just how well you are! If you are a returning or existing practice member, and wish to have your Wellness Score exam performed, please call our office for special offers.
The Results Are In
The average person on 8 Weeks to Wellness® (based on 200 patients who have completed the 8WW program)
- Lost 15 lbs. and went from 203 lbs. to 188 lbs.
- Lost 4 inches off their waist
- Lost 2.5 inches off their hips
- Decreased Blood Pressure from 130/82 to 121/75
- Lost 6 lbs. of fat.
- Decreased BMI from 33 to 30..
- Decreased Fasting Insulin Levels 30%
- Decreases Cholesterol 20 points Decreases Triglycerides 20 points
- Decreases Bad LDL Cholesterol 15 points
- Increased Health Satisfaction Score by 33%
- Decreased Symptoms by 55%
Frequently Asked Questions
1) I haven’t done much for myself in years. Am I too unhealthy to start the program?
Each program is individualized and designed to address your specific health challenges. Our evaluation and wellness score provides a comprehensive understanding of your specific health and wellness needs. We tailor the program based on your exam findings. Depending on your state of health, it may be important to get clearance from your Primary Care Physician.
2) What is the cost of the program?
We have affordable payment plans. We also provide receipts for flexible-spending (FSA) and health spending accounts (HSA).
3) Do I have to take supplements?
Supplements are utilized dependent upon your specific needs. They are included in the program price and are of FDA-approved, medical-grade quality, meaning you can only find them in a doctor’s office.
4) How much of my time will be committed to being there?
We anticipate that you will commit approximately 4 hours a week to your program actually at our location. We have flexible hours to accommodate people’s busy schedules. Programs are tailored around your busy schedule.
5) Do we have to do the chiropractic portion?
To achieve optimal results, every aspect of the 8WW program is important. The chiropractic portion of the program optimizes the function of the body and nervous system. It is the backbone of the program. NSA Chiropractic enables your body to function at its best, optimizing the rest of the program. We would be happy to answer any questions regarding NSA chiropractic before you begin the program.
6) Does the price include my meals?
A goal of the 8WW program is to help you make the appropriate food choices for your body. Each individual has specific nutritional needs, so it is important that you learn to choose and prepare food that will enhance your health and wellness needs. The 8WW program does include a journal, manual, and recipes that can be tailored to your dietary requirements.
7) How soon can I start?
Attendance or viewing of the orientation session is required to participate in the 8WW program. It’s for your benefit, so that you can truly grasp the depth of your commitment and what is involved. The orientation allows you to do your very best. If appropriate for your schedule, the program will start approximately 7 – 10 days later--giving you enough time to have your blood work, measurements, initial exam completed, and any necessary preparation for scheduling and meal planning. Please call the office to confirm the date and time of the next orientation.