Rediscover the joy of living!
The Healthy World Vitality Plan (HWVP) is your opportunity to learn the secrets to long-lasting, vibrant health, and to make them part of your life. You don’t have to be a victim of chronic conditions that drain your energy and sentence you to a lifetime of pills, procedures, and early death. You can discover the lifestyle practices that will make all the difference and become part of a mutually supportive network of friends to keep you on track.
About Healthy World Vitality Plan
What Is It?
This plan, sponsored by the all-volunteer nonprofit organization Healthy World Sedona, creates small groups that educate and support individuals so they can make and sustain the kind of lifestyle changes that will enable them to live their healthiest, most vital lives. HWVP will provide a coach for each group of 6-12 people, as well as information and assessment tools across the lifestyle realms of nutrition, exercise, stress management, restorative sleep, and optimal cognitive activity. HWVP also will provide cooking tips and demos. Group members can then determine the steps they need to take to prevent, improve, or even eliminate chronic conditions and restore health. Think of it like joining a book group—only in this case it’s a health group!
Why This Plan?
The clear and compelling scientific research shows that 80% or more of chronic diseases are preventable, and where they already exist, symptoms can be reduced or eliminated through specific lifestyle changes. Remarkably, the body begins to heal from these diseases within days of making those changes. But lifestyle change is where we often get stuck. This plan provides the information about why specific changes are important and how to successfully make these changes. It also creates a support network to help sustain the changes.
How Are The Groups Formed?
You can join a group in either of two ways:
- If you enroll individually, HWVP will assign you to a new supportive group of 6-12 people.
- If you have joined a pre-formed supportive group of 6-12 friends, family, or co-workers, HWVP will enroll your group.
In either case, coaches trained by HWVP will lead all of the initial ten weekly sessions. The expectation is that group members will soon support each other in your new journey toward health. HWVP coaches will continue to be involved on a more intermittent basis throughout subsequent months and years. Your group will meet virtually, through Zoom, until it is deemed safe to meet in person. Thus, even though the plan organizers are centered in Northern Arizona, your group members can actually live anywhere in the world. When safety is no longer an issue, group members living in the same geographic location can choose to meet in person thereafter.
How Often Will My Group Meet?
Your group will initially meet weekly. After the initial ten weeks, your group may decide to adopt a less frequent meeting schedule.
What Are The Benefits?
Everyone wants better health, and most people are aware of at least some of the lifestyle behaviors that will lead to better health. Yet many people have made the decision to adopt these behaviors multiple times, only to fall back into old, destructive habits. The support and accountability that comes with belonging to a group of others committed to a shared purpose of health improvement is your most powerful tool to sustain the changes you desire to make. Combining this support with trustworthy information and how-to tips will set you and the other members of your group up for long-term, sustainable success.
What Can I Expect During My Vitality Group Meeting?
Led by a trained coach, your Vitality Group meeting will incorporate 90 minutes of learning, sharing, and enjoying the insights of the other people in the group. We will provide information and an assessment tool to help you identify the actions you can take to become your healthiest, most vital self. We will ask you to actively learn, and to share with others in the group what you have learned as well as progress you have made toward goals you have set. We will provide cooking demos to make it easy to learn to prepare the nutritious foods you need to thrive. And we will help and encourage each other along this journey to vibrant living. Your group will be comfortable, conversational, and caring—a home base for a healthy life.
If I’m Currently Being Treated For A Chronic Condition, What Can I Expect?
Many people are able to improve, and sometimes even eliminate chronic conditions with lifestyle change. We will ask you to work closely with your physician to monitor progress and adjust medications as appropriate.
What Does It Cost?
Cost for an annual membership in a group is $30.
When Will It Start?
Enrollments are now being accepted for groups that will begin meeting in early October, 2021!
All groups meet weekly in 90-minute sessions for ten weeks from the week of October 3 through December 11 (with the Thursday and Saturday groups finishing the week ending December 18 due to the Thanksgiving holiday). There will be an all-group orientation session Thursday, September 30 from 7:00-8:00 pm. Here are the available times:
Click the Join/Inquire button below now to reserve a place for yourself or your group and to indicate your preferred meeting time!
Healthy World Vitality Plan Coaches
Having received many hours of required specialized training and certification, your Healthy World Vitality Plan coach will lead you and the other members of your group to identify a personal vision for vitality in your lives. Your coach will then encourage appropriate changes in behavior and thoughts (based upon peer-reviewed science) that will move each of you closer to your vision of “ideal self.” All the while, your coach will also be helping to create a compassionate group experience in which group members ultimately will learn to serve as peer coaches, supporting one another in the behavior changes they each choose to make. Our terrific coaches are all volunteers, committed to sharing the benefits of a healthy, vibrant lifestyle with others.
See photos and bios of the HWVP coaches here.
Linda Voorhis is a Main Street Vegan Academy Master Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator, a vegan culinary instructor, and founder of Veganification™ and the Verde Valley Vegans Meetup group. You can follow Linda on her blog at www.veganification.com. Veganification celebrates the journey of becoming and being vegan by providing lifestyle education, plant-based culinary instruction and coaching that promote self-actualization, community, and environmental sustainability in concert with vegan advocacy and activism. She is the author of a soon to be published plant-based cookbook.
Brain Health Revolution
HWVP is collaborating with neurologists Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai, authors of The Alzheimer’s Solution and The 30-Day Alzheimer’s Solution, to provide the opportunity for qualifying Healthy World Vitality Plan group members to participate in a research study on dementia prevention through lifestyle. Group members aged 55 or older, who meet study qualifications and choose to participate, will receive a discounted subscription to the Brain Health Revolution program offered by Drs. Sherzai (a $400/year value), as well as initial and annual cognitive assessments throughout the research program. As co-directors of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Program at Loma Linda University Medical Center, the Sherzais have done extensive work and research in the field of dementia treatment and prevention, and in lifestyle medicine in general.
Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai
A Few Words About The Plan Organizers . . .
Healthy World Sedona
Healthy World Sedona Co-Founders, Don Fries and Bev Bow
Healthy World Sedona (HWS) has produced the Sedona VegFest and the Sedona Health and Nutrition Conference each January from 2017 through 2020. It was founded as an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit by Don Fries and Bev Bow in 2016 for the purpose of educating and inspiring the public to adopt a whole food, plant-based lifestyle for personal health, to eliminate unnecessary suffering and death of animals raised for food, and to reduce global warming and other environmental effects caused by animal agriculture. HWS serves primarily Sedona and the Verde Valley in northern Arizona, but has attracted attendees to its two signature events from across the U.S. and internationally as far as South Korea. To learn more about the mission and many activities of HWS, please visit healthyworldsedona.com. And if you approve of our mission and are able to help support it, donations are very much appreciated and always go entirely toward the HWS programs.