DMC message reaches international audience at Clinton Health Summit

23982753623_2d65a81a43_hOn Monday, Jan. 25, DMC’s mission of healthier communities reached an international audience as Dr. Reginald Eadie joined a distinguished panel hosted by former President Bill Clinton. Tenet Healthcare CEO Trevor Fetter was among the guests at The Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Summit and made opening remarks

Monday’s session was titled: The Quest for Longevity and Our Rising Death Rates. The panel centered on several elements that affect health, including equal access, environment, happiness, and also personal choice.

Introducing Dr. Eadie as one reason why Detroit has a bright future, Clinton turned the discussion to some of the initiatives underway at DMC.

Dr. Eadie talked about how the 61 Day Challenge has helped DMC employees and community members take control of their health. He also discussed the intensive medical and nutritional support that will be needed to address the health concerns resulting from the Flint water crisis. Most importantly, Dr. Eadie described the approach he believes will bring the health message home for the masses. He called it “education through explanation.”

“It was a privilege to be the voice chosen to share with the nation some of the great things we are doing here at the DMC and in the metro area to improve the health of the community,” Dr. Eadie said. “It was validation that some of the things we are doing are best practices. In addition, I was able to learn what others are doing across the country. It was also a reminder that Detroit is not unique, and we like other parts of the country still have a lot of work to do.”

Dr. Eadie explained to the audience how getting out into the community and educating people to the importance of health insurance helped bolster the numbers of people signing up for affordable healthcare. He talked about how patient education has helped DMC as a pioneer Accountable Care Organization bring down the astronomical costs of caring for patients with chronic diseases. Dr. Eadie also made a direct connection between the success of the 61-Day Challenge and educating people about what a habit like excessive sugar consumption actually does to the body.

It was an idea that clearly impressed Clinton, who returned for further discussion on Dr. Eadie’s “education through explanation” concept. Dr. Eadie also identified reduced obesity rates as the one thing he believes would save more lives.

Joining him on the panel were Dr. Ellen Meara, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Dartmouth College; Dr. J. Craig Venter, Co-Founder, Executive Chairman, and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute; and Dr. Dan Buettner, Author and National Geographic Fellow.

DMC’s Social Media Team live tweeted the session and captured these PHOTOS.

Watch the full panel and other Health Matters Summit Highlights HERE.

Mo Minard: 39 Lbs. Lighter and “Feeling Great,” As the DMC Health Challenge Continues in 2016!

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Now that the 2015 version of the DMC 61 Day Health Challenge has gone into the record books, it’s time to step back for a moment and count our blessings.

Starting, of course, with the remarkable saga of the DMC’s own Imana “Mo” Minard – the skilled and dedicated MSN-RN who in recent years has managed the Emergency Department and Clinical Decision Unit here on the midtown campus of the Detroit Medical Center.

Some background: When the 2015 Challenge (“Less Sugar, More Steps, Eat More Fruit!”) kicked off last Halloween, Mo Minard made headlines by announcing that she’d taken the “Pledge” to improve her health by avoiding empty calories from soda pop, candy, doughnuts and other junk foods, while also exercising more.

She meant it, too.

After only six weeks of her new regimen, the upbeat and enthusiastic Ms. Minard had lost 24 pounds and reported that it was “getting easier all the time” to say no to the French fries and the chocolate-with-caramel candy bars that had helped to trigger her unhealthy obesity in recent years.

And guess what?

Ten weeks after the launch of the third annual DMC Challenge, Ms. Minard says that she has now lost 39 pounds . . . and that she’s determined to drop an astonishing 100 pounds of flab by the time this year’s Challenge gets underway in late October.

Ladies and gentlemen, let’s hear a round of applause for Mo Minard!

Interestingly enough, the hard-working DMC ER manager says she’s also been greatly encouraged by the interest other Detroit-area residents have been showing in her successful weight-loss and exercise gains.

“I’ve really been amazed by the responses I’ve been getting,” Mo told me the other day. “In recent weeks, I’ve gotten more than 500 responses on my Instagram page, with many people saying they’re interested in learning more about the health benefits to be obtained by saying no to sugar and yes to exercise.

“The response has been so exciting, in fact, that I just changed my Instagram page [address] to: mo_is_melting_away!

Ms. Minard also says she’s now more convinced than ever that “education is the key to improving health” . . . and that the yearly DMC Challenge is rapidly becoming a powerfully effective program throughout the Detroit area for people who understand that eating better and exercising more are essential elements in a winning strategy to reduce our risk of diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

“The journey I’m on is a journey toward a healthier life,” says Ms. Minard – and as a medical doctor and hospital president, I can tell you for sure that those words of hers are music to these ears.

Here’s wishing Ms. Minard – and all the rest of us – a happy and healthy 2016, as we keep on watching what we eat and taking more steps each day.

To learn more about the DMC Challenge and how you can continue to benefit by eating better and exercising more during 2016, just click on www.dmc.org/61days.