Road to Well-Being

Welcome to your “Road to Well-Being!” The term well-being is based on the timeless concept of wholeness – the integration, balance and harmony of mind, body, spirit and emotions where the whole is always greater than the sum of the parts for optimal health. If we ignore one or more of these components we do a great injustice to our overall well-being – we compromise our quality of life.

What behaviors are stealing your quality of life from you? Changing behaviors isn’t easy. Practice and more practice is the key until it becomes a routine, woven seamlessly throughout your day. Experts in the field of behavior modification sate with certainty that a slip here and there is part of the behavior change process. To establish and protect a healthy quality of life requires: willpower, assertiveness, high self-esteem, and time management.

If you want to make positive, lasting change in your life these resources will help guide you along the road to well-being. Most people begin behavioral changes with a simple goal; to be healthy. What over-riding well-being goal do you wish to manifest in your life. If you need help, perhaps a free consultation will get you moving. Spend some time thinking about answers to the follow questions: What motivates you? What things are stealing your ability to live a healthy lifestyle? What are your personal goals? What obstacles do you anticipate and how might you overcome them? It's also a good idea to visualize your success and consider how you might celebrate your achievements.

The Center for Optimal Health Medical Office

Medical homes are the foundation for patient-centered care and are responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values. The Center for Optimal Health Medical Office is conveniently located near downtown Riverside at the site of the Don Schroeder Family Clinic and the Rubidoux Pharmacy. The Center offers a convenient way for Exclusive Care members to receive all recommended preventative services, including nutrition and fitness consultations, at one site with no cost to members. You may access this service regardless of your PCP assignment. Same day appointments are available.

Rubidoux Pharmacy

For the best possible utilization of your prescriptions, contact the Pharmacist for a consultation. Save time and money by taking advantage of the Pharmacy’s mail order program – members receive 3 months of medications for the cost of 2 months copay. There are no copays for diabetes medications and supplies, or hypertension and cholesterol medications. Your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) card is accepted.

Risk Assessment

My Life Check - Life's Simple 7

My Life Check was designed by the American Heart Association with the goal of improved health by educating the public on how best to live. These measures have one unique thing in common: any person can make these changes, the steps are not expensive to take and even modest improvements to your health will make a big difference. Start with one or two. This simple, seven step list has been developed to deliver on the hope we all have--to live a long, productive healthy life.


Positive Emotions Transform Us
Barbara Fredrickson suggests that positive emotions make us more resilient to setbacks, improve our relationships, and may even change our biological makeup. (7:36 min)

Cultivating Gratitude in the Workplace
In this presentation at the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Chris Murchison describes his efforts to create an organizational culture at HopeLab that values learning, innovation, and the well-being of its employees. (13:58 min)

What is Mindfulness?
Jon Kabat-Zinn discusses what mindfulness and meditation are really about: presence of heart. (2:21 min)

Self Leadership: An Interview with Susan Fowler
Self Leadership coauthor Susan Fowler discusses the skillset and the mindset that helps create a positive, proactive work culture. (2:24 min)

Website Resources

Physical Well-Being

Physical well-being refers to the optimal functioning of all the body’s physiological systems – for example, the immune system, the cardiovascular system, and the neuromuscular system. Physical well-being also includes healthy nutrition, quality sleep and the art of relaxation to reduce the symptoms of stress.

American Red Cross: Plan and Prepare
Everyone knows the Red Cross helps people during emergencies. But you may not know that it’s also part of their mission to help you help yourself! Becoming “Red Cross Ready” for an emergency means following a few simple steps in advance to ensure you can weather a crisis safely and comfortably.

Healthy Sleep Tips
Healthy sleep habits can make a big difference in your quality of life. Having healthy sleep habits is often referred to as having good sleep hygiene. Try to keep these following sleep practices on a consistent basis.

Quit Smoking 101
Recovery from nicotine addiction is a process. It doesn't happen overnight, but it doesn't take forever either. The more you understand about recovery, the better able you'll be to navigate your way through the challenges that come with it. The “Quit Smoking 101” program includes 10 lessons geared toward providing you with a solid foundation for quitting tobacco successfully. You'll learn what you need to know to prepare for your quit date, and you'll receive information about the various quit smoking aids available on the market today.

Emotional Well-Being

Emotional Well-Being Emotional well-being refers to the ability to feel and express the entire range of human emotions – from anger to love – but the important point is to control these emotions, not be controlled by them. The spectrum of human emotions is huge; yet some aspects are lauded and others are considered taboo. Emotional well-being covers healthy grieving and creative anger management to joy and happiness and comic relief.

Blanchard LeaderChat
The purpose of LeaderChat is to provide a forum for readers to explore, consider, and comment on some of the pressing issues that leaders face, and to look at possible solutions from a workplace culture, performance management, and organizational development point of view.

Adding Coaching to the HR Business Partner Role
By Patricia Overland
Recently posted on Blanchard LeaderChat

Blanchard Leaderchat Podcast
Episode #2: Dr. Marshall Goldsmith – Triggers (October 5, 2016)
Chad Gordon interviews Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, the world’s top-rated executive coach and author of the new book, Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts–Becoming the Person You Want to Be. Dr. Goldsmith discusses the environmental and psychological triggers that can derail us at work and in life and what we can do about it. (31 minutes)

Greater Good Magazine
The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.

How to Deal with Negative Emotions at Work
By Tchiki Davis
Posted on Greater Good Magazine on November 9, 2017

How Awe Transforms the Body and Mind
Lani Shiota argues that awe is a fundamental part of being human—making our bodies and minds more receptive to new information, new experiences, and life’s deeper meaning. (Video/34:22 minutes)
Posted on Greater Good Magazine August 2016

Sonja Lyubomirsky on the Myths of Happiness
A leading researcher in positive psychology explains how understanding our misconceptions about happiness can ultimately lead us to a rich and meaningful life. (Podcast/22:27 minutes)
Posted on Greater Good Magazine February 2013
HelpGuide is a trusted resource devoted to helping people improve their mental, emotional, and social health.

Mental Well-Being

Mental well-being refers to the ability to gather, process, recall and communicate information. When the mind gets overwhelmed with sensory bombardment, the ability to gather, process, recall and communicate information is greatly compromised. Mental well-being includes tools to calm the mind as well as sharpening it.

Investopedia is the world’s leading source of financial content on the web, with more than 20 million unique visitors and 60 million page views each month. Wholly owned by IAC (NASDAQ: IAC), Investopedia is the largest financial education website in the world. Powered by a team of data scientists and financial experts, Investopedia offers timely, trusted and actionable financial information for every investor, from early investors to financial advisors to high net worth individuals.

Applying for Social Security before Retirement Age
By Steven C. Johnson, ChFC
Posted on Investopedia on October 23, 2017

What Will Healthcare Cost After Retirement?
By Donna Fuscaldo
Updated on Investopedia on September 20, 2017

The Key to Good Time Management
Time management is not very difficult as a concept, but it’s surprisingly hard to do in practice. It requires the investment of a little time upfront to prioritize and organize yourself. But once done, you will find that with minor tweaks, your day, and indeed your week and month, fall into place in an orderly fashion, with time for everything you need to do.

Time Management Skills
Time management is the ability to plan and control how you spend the hours in your day to effectively accomplish your goals. Poor time management can be related to procrastination as well as problems with self-control. Skills involved in managing your time include planning for the future, setting goals, prioritizing tasks, and monitoring where your time actually goes.

Mind Tools
Essential Skills for an Excellent Career – 25,000,000 people each year use this site to learn the management, leadership and personal excellence skills they need for a happy, successful career. Join them!

How to Deal With Unrealistic Customers
Recently posted on Mind Tools
This article looks at a three-step approach that can help you deal with customer's demands that have become unrealistic or impossible.

The Tannenbaum-Schmidt Leadership Continuum
Recently posted on Mind Tools
Some leaders like to tell their teams exactly what to do. Others are much more "hands off." The rest use a style somewhere in between.

Money Management
Money management is the process of knowing where you are spending your money today and having a well-thought-out plan in place for where you want it to go in the future. This program will cover the core concepts of money management and teach you how to: Set Goals, Get Organized, Track Spending, Build a Budget, and Save Money.

Money 101
This resource provides free financial education tools, including some information on saving and paying for college.

WalletHub Statistics & Studies
WalletHub is dedicated to helping people efficiently attain top WalletFitness™ so they may enjoy life instead of worrying about money. These links will take you to information at WalletHub® in multiple areas intended to provide industry transparency for consumers.

Spiritual Well-Being

Spiritual well-being involves the elevation of consciousness as it relates to three aspects of the human condition: relationships, values and a meaningful purpose in life.

Skills You Need: Develop The Skills You Need For Life
SkillsYouNeed provides high quality information and resources that help you learn and develop the skills you need to make the most of everyday life. Whether you're at work, a job seeker, student, teacher or parent, or just interested in developing your key skills, you will find plenty of information here about essential life skills.

Tools & Resources

Group Lifestyle Balance™ (GLB) Program
If you are ready to lose weight and be more active, this program is for you. In this program you will learn: the facts about healthy eating and being active; what makes it hard for you to eat healthy and be active; and how to change these things so they work for you, not against you. Contact Rodger Lehl if you are interested in starting a small group and having it facilitated by a Wellness Educator.