Similar to other developed nations around the world, Hong Kong has seen a shift from infectious to chronic and degenerative diseases as the primary causes of death. Two of the leading causes of death today are cancer (29.3%) and heart disease (12.7%)*, while the prevalence of diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity also continues to increase. Experts believe that the best way to prevent these types of health problems is to change our lifestyle habits.
For over 30 years, the Lifestyle Management Center has been helping clients rebuild their lifestyle habits and restore their health.
The NEWSTART™ Program was developed by the Weimar Institute in California and aims to help clients prevent and treat chronic diseases through lifestyle change. The program is advocated by renowned doctors and scientists all over the world, including cardiologist and champion of preventive medicine, Dr. Dean Ornish, as well as Dr. T. Collin Campbell of Cornell University.
“NEWSTART™” is an acronym for the program's eight lifestyle principles:
Experts believe that these eight principles are crucial to achieving complete health.
Participants will check into the health center and through classes, demonstrations, and practical exercises, rebuild their lifestyle habits physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually.
Over the years, the Program has achieved a wealth of positive results:
*based on 2021 vital statistics provided by the Department of Health, Centre for Health Protection
The NEWSTART™ Program is designed not only for those suffering from obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, and other chronic diseases but also those who are interested in maintaining their health or preventing chronic disease. If you are concerned about the health of your family members, please invite them to join as well.
Throughout the course and under the guidance of a professional team of leaders, participants have opportunities to explore the relationship between lifestyle and health. Our leadership team includes doctors, registered nutritionists, nurses, fitness coaches, therapists, trainers, and health educators.
| A professional health management team instructs participants on how to change
their lifestyle and prevent disease, and guides them in examining the relationship
between the two.
| Experienced chef demonstrates how to develop healthy eating habits by teaching
participants to bring out the natural flavors of ingredients through cooking.
| Following a consultation to understand each participant’s needs, program staff
prescribes specific treatments such as hydro therapy, massage, or juice fasting.
| To encourage participants to develop a regular fitness routine, exercise counselors
provide explanation and instructions on various types of targeted exercises and
| Participants are encouraged to open up their hearts, explore their inner selves,
nurture a positive attitude, and discover the meaning of life.
| By getting to know others in the Program, participants enjoy a network of support
and encouragement as they embark on their NEWSTART™ journey.
“This unique journey taught me how to eat healthy and kick-start my exercise routine step by step so that both my family members and I can have healthier bodies.” – Ms. Chow, NEWSTART™ participant, July 2019
“Even though I’ve been a vegetarian for eight years, I still had many doubts and misperceptions about vegetarian food, and I am so thankful that many of my questions were answered during the program. The living environment is very comfortable and the staff are attentive. I would definitely recommend to my friends!” – Ms. Ng, NEWSTART™ participant, July 2019
“The NEWSTART™ lifestyle controls my blood sugar – not only is my digestion better, but I also lost five pounds. I met many good friends at the program and we supported and encouraged one another. I truly felt like I experienced rest and renewal in my body, mind, and soul!” – Mr. Yim, NEWSTART™ participant, July 2019
“I have always had trouble controlling my diabetes – my blood sugar level was always high, even though I already had avoided fruit. The Center designed a personalized meal plan for me that not only included fruit, but was also satisfying, and now, my blood sugar level continues to improve every day. I’m so thrilled!” – Ms. Tam, NEWSTART™ participant, July 2017
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