Sun Health at Home encourages members to use the online tools, which are designed to improve overall health
By Alison Stanton
Sun Health at Home members now have a user-friendly way to help improve their overall physical and emotional wellbeing.
The Online Wellness Tools were created by Dr. Michael Cofield, a clinical health psychologist, along with his team, and are designed for people to use in the comfort of their homes on their computers.
The Online Wellness Tools are provided at no cost as part of Sun Health’s nonprofit mission to promote healthy living.
Dr. Cofield recently completed the initial training course and presentation on the online tools with Sun Health at Home staff and members.
“We are just amping up the program now with Sun Health at Home,” Dr. Cofield says, adding that there are a fair number of tools that people are welcome to use.
One of the tools is called “Roadmap to Peace of Mind,” which features 10 modules focusing on stress and emotions.
The “Resiliency for Life” tool focuses on four pillars that can help people boost their resiliency.
Other Online Wellness Tools cover topics like insomnia, dietary issues, smoking cessation and mindfulness.
“The tools are self-guided, completely confidential and anonymous and can be done on people’s own time and at their own pace,” Dr. Cofield says.
In addition, research on computerized health programs like the Online Wellness Tools clearly shows that computer interactions are as effective, if not more effective, than one-on-one interactions.
Barbara Mason, executive director of Sun Health at Home, says the convenience and privacy that these tools offer is reassuring for members.
“Many of our members come from the generation that doesn’t like asking for help. There’s a stigma attached,” she says.
“It is also empowering to be able to help yourself. It gives folks a sense of having control.”
Sally Harloff, a member of Sun Health at Home, appreciates the fact that she can take the online courses at her own pace.
“I’m one of the least tech-savvy people around so not having to keep pace, as in a class setting, keeps me motivated,” Sally says.
She found “The Road Map to Peace of Mind,” especially helpful. “The lessons are excellent and the solutions are laid out in a way that makes it easy to take control of your own happiness and sanity.”
Sun Health’s self-directed wellness tools are available for anyone to access and use. Simply visit sunhealthwellbeing.org and look for “Access Online Wellness Tools.” Enter Wellness Code SHWELLNESS under “New User.” You’ll will be prompted to create a username and password and will have confidential access to the many tools offered.
Want to learn more about Sun Health at Home?
Join us for a no-obligation Discovery Seminar. Seminars are held at the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, Arizona.
Monday December 3 at 3 p.m.
Tuesday December 11 at 11 a.m.
Visit sunhealthathome.org/seminar or call 623-227-HOME (4663) to RSVP