posts tagged with Wellness

The Economy of Health Care: Why Breakthroughs in Medicine Create Growing Demand

ACC_033.jpg How old is the oldest person you know personally? 80? 90? 100?

These numbers are well within reach given today’s life expectancy. Had I asked the same question in 1913 instead of 2013, the answers may have been more like 50 or 55. The average life expectancy continues to rise, and with it, new trends in the global health care industry.

The Great Recession showed us that the health care industry could stand up to the sharp economic downturn. While sales of health care supplies and equipment still faced economic decline—about three percent— the industry fared much better than others included in the S&P 500, many of which saw business decline 20 percent.

Take a Walk!

logo-single-for-promotion.jpg Regardless of the season, I’ve always enjoyed running or walking through Shelby Farms Park in Memphis. On cold winter or sweltering summer days, I pretty much always had the park to myself, aside from a few other brave souls and the resident herd of buffalo. Now, with the groundbreaking of the Shelby Farms Greenline, a seven-mile trail that connects Midtown Memphis to Shelby Farms Park, the park has blossomed. Increasing concerns about the environment, safety, and healthier lifestyles has prompted many communities to look at how they can improve walkability for their residents. Memphis is making great strides, although even ardent supporters of the Greater Memphis Greenline project will agree that we’ve got a long way to go.

On April 26, 2011, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) at the University of North Carolina announced the inaugural Walk Friendly Communities...