177169 A cost-effective approach to wellness: Ancient yogic exercise and nutrition program increase and maintain health

Monday, October 27, 2008

Shveta Sanghani, PhD , Health Promotion & Education, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
Sanam Kazemi, BS, MPH , School of Public Health, Dept. Health Promotion & Education, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
Alexis Deavenport, MPH , School of Public Health, Dept. Health Promotion & Education, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
Patti Herring, PhD, RN , School of Public Health, Dept. Health Promotion & Ed, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
Eric Anderson, PhD, MBA , Department of Health Administration, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
A key public health concern facing many adults across the United States is the devastating outcome of anxiety disorders that lead to lower daily performance and efficiency. Data proposes that yogic postures as well as healthy nutritional and lifestyle habits can negate stress and associated psychological disorders. To address this issue, a pilot program consisting of a 4-week yogic nutrition and exercise regimen was developed, implemented, and evaluated for effectiveness. The guidelines were formulated using the Health Belief Model. The proposed study was a quasi-experimental, prospective study that examined the health beliefs, nutrition and exercise behaviors of 40 residents, ages 20-65 years, from Southern California. Process, impact, and outcome evaluations were conducted for program enhancement and sustainability. All participants attended a 4-week comprehensive yogic exercise program comprised of various postures, and breathing. Those in the intervention group followed a yogic nutrition plan, which included an average of 7-8 hours of sleep and sun salutations. In addition, participants recorded their nutritional intakes using a journal. Pre- and post-tests were given in each session to evaluate changes in energy level, anxiety, depression, cognitive disorganization, and chronic stress. These psychological variables were analyzed using the Wilcoxin Sign test. Program costs were calculated and compared with the realized financial benefits to see if the intervention was cost beneficial. In conclusion, preliminary data indicate promise for commencing yogic exercises and nutrition therapy both in schools and the workplace as an efficient, easy and moderately economical health promotion approach to reduce daily stress and increase performance.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1. Identify the five recommended yogic nutritional practices for improving health. 2. Learn about how to develop a simple, low-cost program to effectively mitigate psychological disorders such as chronic stress, anxiety, depression, cognitive disorganization, and increase energy level. 3. Identify at least two economic indicators of how yogic nutrition and exercise promote cost-effectiveness by decreasing medical expenses associated with stress.

Keywords: Disease Prevention, Mental Health Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a graduate student doing research in this area.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.