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Vail Valley Voices: Aim to live at your peak

Alby Segall
Vail, CO, Colorado

When people typically think of Vail, they think of the active lifestyle that this community affords its residents.

Skiing, hiking, cycling and a multitude of other athletic pursuits abound, making it simple for residents to live active lifestyles.

It is easy to see why Vail is known as one of Colorado’s — and the nation’s — healthiest towns.

But health is about more than just staying active.

Yes, staying active is an important piece of the puzzle.

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However, as we each approach our own health, endeavor to become healthier people and work to strengthen Vail’s position as one of the nation’s healthiest towns, it is vital that we look at the big picture and take a more holistic approach to defining and understanding health.

Health should be defined as a summation of all of the factors that contribute to our overall wellness.

Not only does this include physical fitness and nutrition, but it is also comprised of spiritual, emotional and cognitive factors.

In fact, studies have shown that the spiritual, emotional and cognitive elements of our health can influence not only our overall wellness, but also may have an impact on the length of our lives.

In Vail, we have the unique opportunity to leverage the knowledge of some of the leading minds in these fields to not only improve our own health but also to advance the wellbeing of those around us.

With a wealth of internationally renowned researchers, world champion athletes and recognized thought leaders in wellness right in our backyard, we have a significant knowledge base to draw from. And these individuals are willing to share their experiences and expertise.

So what should residents of Vail do?

Expand your definition of health from “being active” and take a broader approach to becoming a healthier person.

Learn more about the things you don’t know about your own health. Develop a curious mind and look for opportunities to leverage the myriad health and wellness experts and opportunities in the Vail Valley to seek out answers.

Take advantage of opportunities to learn from health and wellness experts from all fields when they visit Vail for events such as the upcoming Living at Your Peak summit Sept. 13-15.

Help Vail continue to elevate its position as one of the nation’s healthiest towns by sharing what you learn with your friends and loved ones, and inspiring them to do the same.

Why is this so important?

Knowledge is power.

The more you know about your own health, the better equipped you are to avoid growing health issues such as obesity, and to minimize the effects of many of the health problems that come with aging.

And knowledge is contagious. When you make an effort to better understand all facets of your health and make pro-wellness lifestyle choices based on that knowledge, you will inspire others to do the same.

The result? A healthier overall Vail Valley.

Living at Your Peak, a program of the Vail Symposium, is a cooperative partner in the Vail Valley Partnership’s health and wellness Initiative.

The Vail Valley Health and Wellness Initiative is led by the Vail Valley Partnership in conjunction with like-minded businesses, trade associations, consumer organizations and economic development organizations whose goal is to increase medical groups and meetings in the Vail Valley and bring greater awareness to the ample world-class health, recreation and wellness opportunities available to locals and guests to drive economic vitality.

Alby Segall is the president and CEO of the Vail Symposium.

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