Business promotes all aspects of health

Nick Sechrist

Fitness entails a lot more than scheduling time for routine exercise. For years, medical professionals also have encouraged a healthy diet, proper rest and even attention to mental health.

That’s one reason businesses such as the Center for Optimal Well-Being are popping up in Grand Junction. It’s also a reason they work with local businesses to establish wellness programs for employees.

“The main thing is there’s a unique combination with this system,” said Nick Sechrist, a co-owner of the center who also operates a chiropractic practice.

The center promotes eating well, moving well and thinking well. All three can be interconnected. People who blame genetics for being out of shape aren’t facing reality, Sechrist said. Genetics have barely changed over centuries, he said. However, food processing techniques and physical activity have changed.

Processed, packaged food often contains more unhealthy ingredients than the counterparts of previous decades, and 25 percent of Americans say they don’t engage in physical activity, Sechrist said. Years ago, many people got such activity simply by working. Now, many do their work without physical exertion.

The center includes exercise classes with a focus on pushups and stretching instead of the use of treadmills and weight machines. A large physio ball is part of the kit that comes with the initiation fee of $200. But beyond those features, the center helps a person’s mental approach to becoming more healthy.

“Many people say ‘I know I need to exercise,’ but they don’t go exercise,” Sechrist said. “We educate on why and how it’s possible to move in the right direction.”

Sechrist uses one-on-one and group interaction to help instill healthy habits. The center, which opened in September, serves about 25 people who range in age from their 30s to their 70s.

The center is part of an international franchise with outlets across the United States, Australia and parts of Europe.

The Center for Optimal Well-Being is operated by Sechrist; his mother, Merry Sechrist; and Barbara Mahoney, marketing director for Hilltop Community Resources.

Nick Sechrist isn’t surprised his business started well in the midst of a soft economy. “That’s one of the things we pondered,” he said. “But when working with finances, people realize what’s important.”

Sechrist hopes they place his advice about health high on their list of priorities.