“We want to help people live the healthiest lives possible,” says Dr. Kelly Woodward, director of Park City Intermountain Hospital’s LiVe Well Center, “and we believe prevention has the greatest impact. To help people understand the importance and benefits of healthy lifestyle choices, we created the Executive Health Exam, a comprehensive physical evaluation that does a deep dive into clients’ personal health.”
To aid people in understanding where they are on the health spectrum, address personal fitness goals, manage existing conditions and prevent disease, the Executive Health Exam (EHE) focuses on four main areas: exercise, nutrition, sleep and mindfulness/stress reduction. Prior to the EHE, the medical team will review a client’s health history and establish goals and expectations.
This 7-hour wellness program begins with lab work, including blood and urine sampling and a thorough physical examination by a board-certified physician, followed by a light breakfast to refuel before beginning the exercise evaluation. In this phase, clients are tested for Resting Metabolic Rate, or the amount of energy the body uses when idle, before climbing into the “Bod Pod,” a capsule that uses air displacement to measure body composition, or the percentage of fat versus lean body mass. Next up are diagnostic treadmill exercises for EKG or Max VO2 testing, and an orthopedic evaluation to assess strength, flexibility, balance and aerobic fitness.
Additional tests, including bone density scans, colonoscopy, mammogram, pure tone audiometry and pre-cancer screenings are sometimes also recommended and performed based on age, gender and risk factors.
“We have a team-based approach to health here,” says Dr. Woodward. “Everyone’s plan is different, so each client meets with a health coach to determine individual goals and priorities.”
A health coach helps shape the day to meet clients’ expectations, a staff nutritionist develops a personalized nutrition program and certified trainers help design customized exercise programs, utilizing weight training, fitness classes, pool/aqua-therapy, stretching and yoga. Massage therapists and acupuncturists are also on hand to help people find the combination of treatments that will best optimize their health. After a complimentary lunch, clients receive a thorough review of the day’s test results, recommendations and a copy of the book, An Owner’s Manual for the Human Body.
For those who prefer a less expensive, condensed version of the EHE, the “LiVe Well Assessment” is also available. Th is 2.5-hour session establishes a Wellness Profile, tests for body composition, metabolic rate, functional fitness and a nutrition evaluation. A healthcare professional interprets results and creates a game plan, advising specific steps to take to improve health and well-being. The LiVe Well Assessment Plus program adds a physical evaluation by a physician, a review of blood work to determine risks to heart, brain, bones, kidneys, liver or general health, and a review of behaviors and medications to manage chronic conditions.
“Our first preferred treatment is lifestyle or behavior changes that positively affect health,” says Dr. Woodward. “Here at the LiVe Well Center, we help people get well, stay well and live well for the rest of their lives.”
By Corinne Humphrey