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The Lift Project – Midland Health offers new wellbeing program


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Padmaja Patel of Midland Health

Padmaja Patel of Midland Health

Midland Health

The Lifestyle Medicine Center is excited to offer an innovative and evidence-based wellbeing program, the Lift Project. It is a program that uniquely brings together scientifically-proven strategies drawn from research in the fields of Neuroscience, Lifestyle Medicine and Positive Psychology. The research in the field of positive psychology has expanded in the past three decades. One of the most exciting research areas is the effect of positive psychology activities on subjective wellbeing and our physical health.

 The COVID-19 pandemic brought an unprecedented level of challenges to our physical and mental wellbeing. Although it is too early to assess the total impact, early data shows a significant increase in the rates of mental health problems among the general population and even higher rates among healthcare providers. The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and Children’s Hospital Association have declared a national emergency in children’s mental health, citing the serious toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on top of existing challenges.  

There cannot be a better time to lift people and offer a viable solution for what is recognized as the crisis in our emotional wellbeing. The Lift Project is “evidence-based.” It draws together hundreds of studies from Neuroscience, Lifestyle Medicine and Positive Psychology, and studies of The Lift Project have demonstrated that it achieves significant outcomes. While it is science-based, The Lift Project is presented in a fun and simple way that anyone can understand. Participants in The Lift Project typically experience a 20-40 percent reduction in depressive symptoms, anxiety and stress and significant improvements in positive aspects of wellbeing such as vitality and satisfaction with life. Furthermore, participants with lower mental health and well-being levels at baseline tend to experience the greatest improvements.

The program involves taking 10 lessons over 10 weeks. Each class explores a scientifically proven way to “lift your mood and your life” that the participants learn about and then are encouraged to try for themselves through fun challenges. Participants are encouraged to perform a small daily challenge and then one more significant challenge related to the topic for each week. This is pitched as a “challenge by choice” because people appreciate autonomy. The Lift Project is appropriate for people of all ages and backgrounds, regardless of their mental health continuum. This means that it is a stigma-free program.

If you are interested in learning more about implementing this cost-effective program in your personal life, business, or classroom, please call Lifestyle Medicine Center at 432-221-LIFE (5433). 

Padmaja Patel, MD is the medical director for Lifestyle Medicine Program at Midland Health


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