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Lucas: State bar emphasizes attorney wellness in 2012

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EidtPerspLucas-sigExperts say that many Americans have to get sick and tired of being sick and tired before they will commit to living a healthy lifestyle. When time is short, why is it that we put ourselves last?

According to a 2008 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics study, 54 percent of full-time public sector employees and 28 percent of full-time private sector employees had access to a company-supported wellness program. While that number isn’t high, it is up 20 percent in the public sector and 10 percent in the private sector since 1999.

Wellness programs typically promote fitness, good nutrition, stress management and other measures that reduce health care costs and improve quality of life. “Wellness and health should not be defined as the absence of disease, but instead by energy, vitality, well-being, and high performance,” the bureau said.

In the spirit of fitness, a high-five goes to Indiana State Bar Association President C. Erik Chickedantz for shining a spotlight on the need for lawyers and law firms to commit time and attention to good health. Chickedantz, who at 70 years old became ISBA president at the annual meeting Oct. 19-21 in French Lick, Ind., has spearheaded the bar’s new Wellness Committee in an effort to promote a healthy lifestyle for lawyers. Read more about Chickedantz and other ISBA initiatives in the state bar focus section beginning on page 9. And don’t miss our cover story on wellness, along with tips that even the busiest professionals can employ to improve their health today.

The Indiana Lawyer welcomes all ISBA members who do not normally receive the newspaper to enjoy this complimentary issue. If you like what you see, more information about receiving future issues can be found on page 10. Our staff is committed to providing legal coverage and stories about the profession that will interest legal practitioners throughout Indiana. As always, I want to hear any questions, concerns or story ideas you have. Contact me at klucas@ibj.com or 317-472-5233. Enjoy!•
 

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