On Purpose: A Renewed Direction for Full Engagement in Life and Health with Vic Strecher Part 2

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Long-held assumptions and beliefs about health, risk, behavior change, motivation, and engagement — subjects on which Dr. Strecher has been writing and speaking for years — are reconsidered. This presentation takes a journey through ancient and modern philosophy, literature, psychology, genetics, neuroscience, and Egyptology, where you will be introduced to an unlikely role model: a six-legged superhero with a unique relationship to a ball of excrement. In the presentation, Dr. Strecher will also demonstrate a platform of multimedia strategies designed to help people make quantum, meaningful, and fully engaged changes in their lives.

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On Purpose: A Renewed Direction for Full Engagement in Life and Health with Vic Strecher Part 2

  1. 1. A book...
  2. 2. “A beautifully drawn story of the rediscovery of life. Julia’s gift to Vic is both deeply personal and universally human.” —Steve W. Cole, Vice President, Research & Development, HopeLab ON PURPOSE “Stunningly brilliant integration of creative storytelling and scientific research. Vic has courageously mined an unthinkable personal tragedy to illustrate powerful insights into the meaning of life, death, suffering and most importantly, personal growth and well being. This is a must read for anyone seeking more depth and meaning in life. It is provocative, authentic, and deeply moving.” —Jim Loehr, co-founder, Human Performance Institute and author of The Power of Story and The Only Way to Win ON PURPOSE L E S S O N S I N L I F E A N D H E A LT H F R O M THE FROG, THE DUNG BEETLE, AND JULIA “On Purpose is unique. It looks like a big comic book to me, but it describes concepts that took me decades to understand, and it presents them in the context of a true story that touched my heart.” —Michael P. O’Donnell, Editor in Chief, American Journal of Health Promotion VICTOR J. STRECHER, PhD “This book is at least three amazing, unprecedented things at once: It is a heartfelt and moving story, told in a wholly new and captivating way. It is the first and best distillation of this powerful new science of purpose, giving new authority and clarity to an important new discipline. And it launches a new movement in personal potential, giving each of us new ways to pursue our lives. There’s nobody on earth who could pull something like this off, except for Vic Strecher.” —Thomas Goetz, author of The Decision Tree and The Remedy and former Executive Editor, Wired “This work is a gift for us all to savor. I found myself coming back to it again and again, each time digesting new layers and richness. In new ways an old story reemerges…we see our own souls through Vic’s eyes, and through them, his spirit and humanity. Read and re-read this book…enjoy its revelations and be transformed.” —David B. Abrams, Executive Director,  The Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies. Professor, Department of Health, Behavior and Society. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health “How refreshing to have spiritual truths and helpful life lessons delivered in a graphic novel! The artistry of On Purpose--both written and drawn--are beautiful and profound.” —Elizabeth Lesser, author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow and co-founder of Omega Institute VICTOR J. STRECHER, PhD $34.95 ISBN 978-1-940594-00-2 53495> 9 781940 594002 Illustrated by Kody Chamberlain Foreword by Dean Ornish, MD
  3. 3. A day in the life of a male dung beetle goes something like this: Fly to a heap of dung, sculpt a clump of it into a large ball, then roll the ball away from the pile as fast as possible. However, it turns out that the beetles, who work at night, need some sort of compass to prevent them from rolling around in circles. New research in Current Biology suggests that the insects use starlight to guide their way. Birds, seals, and humans also use starlight to navigate, but this is the first time it's been shown in an insect. The whole point of rolling dung is to impress the female beetle with provisions—i.e., excrement—for her future progeny and entice her to mate. She then lays an egg in the ball and buries it in a network of tunnels more than a meter deep, where it serves as food for the developing larvae inside. But rolling dung balls in a straight line is also key to the male dung beetle's reproductive success. Rival males have been known to overtake a slower moving insect and claim the hardearned treasure as their own. Competition is fiercest near the dung heap, so making a quick and efficient getaway is crucial for mating success. The discovery that dung beetles use starlight "was an accident more than anything," explains study author Eric Warrant, professor of zoology at the Lund University in Sweden. His research group was studying how the beetles used the polarized light patterns of the moon to stay on their paths, when one moonless night they made a surprising observation—the beetles maintained straight trajectories. "Even without the moon—just with the stars—they were still able to navigate," Warrant says. "We were just flabbergasted."
  4. 4. Winston ON PURPOSE L E S S O N S I N L I F E A N D H E A LT H F R O M THE FROG, THE DUNG BEETLE, AND JULIA VICTOR J. STRECHER, PhD Illustrated by Kody Chamberlain Foreword by Dean Ornish, MD
  5. 5. Purpose in life 1. I have a sense of direction and purpose in life. 2. Some people wander aimlessly through life, but I am not one of them.
  6. 6. What’s YOUR purpose in life?
  7. 7. “To support my son and grandsons so they live full lives. Grandsons are autistic.”
  8. 8. “Help others understand and learn how things work.”
  9. 9. “To enjoy researching and creating garments for historic dance and sharing this with others.”
  10. 10. “Be ready for someone when they need me. Because I’ve had so much help and love from other people when I needed them!”
  11. 11. Behavior Condition Morbidity Mortality Obesity Activity Stress Mgt Nutrition Smoking Sleep Hypertension COPD Cholesterol CAD Pain CHF Depression Stroke Back Cancer Diabetes DEATH
  12. 12. Life Wellness Behavior Condition Morbidity Mortality Obesity Activity Stress Mgt PURPOSE Energy Nutrition Smoking Sleep Hypertension COPD Cholesterol CAD Pain CHF Depression Stroke Back Cancer Diabetes DEATH
  13. 13. Life Wellness Behavior Condition Morbidity Mortality Obesity Sleep Presence PURPOSE Energy Activity Creativity Eating Hypertension COPD Cholesterol CAD Pain CHF Depression Stroke Back Cancer Diabetes DEATH
  14. 14. On Purpose A NEW DIRECTION FOR HEALTHRELATED BEHAVIOR CHANGE Victor J. Strecher, PhD, MPH Professor, University of Michigan School of Public Health email: strecher@umich.edu twitter: Vic Strecher@dungbeetlepress

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