Health & wellness vacations
These vacations cater for anyone who is pro-active and has an interest in self-care. It is for people who value professionalism, privacy and confidentiality and who can see the value of travelling to seek the care they need to start a pro-active health programme.
All of Blueprint Health’s vacations include genetic testing and these retreats are utilised as the ideal opportunity to start implementing the steps to better health that are refined by each individual’s genetic profile. During the vacation the relationship between the client and the Blueprint Health portfolio manager is also established.
On arrival at the venue you will choose from the available options, your genetic test results are available as part of your personal programme. Test combinations are determined by the package you choose. These options include:
- Love my heart
- Defy age
- Beat cancer
- Life in balance
The results of the gene test (plus food sensitivities) are combined with physical measures and lifestyle factors to identify combinations of risk factors that may lead to disease development or progression if left untreated. During your stay a doctor, dietician, biokineticist and life coach will design your unique health plan with you.
Crafting a new lifestyle and sticking to it is a challenge – ask anyone who has tried to quit smoking, tried a fad diets or is absorbed in the corporate rat race.
Obtain wellness through coaching:
- The “Embrace your heritage” health holidays are designed to create a quiet space where you can touch base with who you really are, where you want to go and above all how you can take care of yourself.
- Professional services are casually combined with an easy holiday schedule. While assessment defines where to start, Blueprint Health focuses on the practical implementation of the new health plan in a fun-filled and relaxed environment. The coaches are expertly trained in solution-focused principles – your ally to jumpstart your journey to wellness.
Personal Health Packages
This package focuses on preventing and managing heart disease, strokes and/or diabetes.
There are nine lifestyle factors that contribute to almost 90% of first heart attacks or strokes:
- High blood sugar
- High blood pressure
- High blood fats (cholesterol)
- Consuming too little fruit and vegetables
- Excessive alcohol intake
If you are concerned about your risk of developing heart disease, this programme is for you.
The multi-gene cardiovascular disease (CVD) test covers 11 functional mutations in dealing with risk areas in cardiovascular disease, including:
- Fat metabolism, associated with high cholesterol
- Homocysteine and folate metabolism
- Blood clotting, associated with traveller’s thrombosis and recurrent miscarriage
- Iron overload, associated with chronic fatigue, arthritis, diabetes, infertility and liver disease
This test distinguishes between high-risk individuals who require long-term medical treatment and people who are susceptible to less severe gene-environment interactions.
Health and wellness components
The Blueprint Health doctor will emphasise the early recognised risk factors of diabetes, high blood pressure, blood vessel disease and the contributing factors, including smoking, excessive alcohol intake, obesity, inactivity, depression and stress.
Professional nutritional services by the Blueprint Health dietician will offer you practical tools to prepare healthy, balanced meals. You will also learn to find the healthy alternatives on menus and pack nutritious snacks for travelling.
Physical activity is integral not only to manage weight, but also to improve the heart’s ability to maintain a healthy circulation. Blueprint Health’s biokinetic services will ensure that you co-create a movement programme that you can enjoy and sustain back home.
Thanks to the coaching services of this package and the support that is offered to help create realistic goals that will fit into your schedule, milestones will be established and you will be held accountable for working towards those goals.
This programme focuses on anti-aging, longevity and preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
- Multi-gene test with focus on Apo-E4 risk allele ?an alternative form of a gene (one member of a pair) that is located at a specific position on a specific chromosome)
- The same risk factors that lead to heart disease are implicated to contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease and multi-infarct dementia
- High cholesterol levels, hypertension, diabetes and smoking in the 40 to 44 year age groups are all associated with a 20% to 40% higher risk of dementia in later life
- The risk of dementia for obese individuals is 74% higher and for overweight people 35% higher than for people with a normal weight
- Folate deficiency significantly contributes to the rapid progression of Alzheimer’s disease
- Treatment of cardiovascular risk factors could reduce the risk of dementia by more than 50%
Health and wellness components
The early part of the programme includes risk profiling by the Blueprint Health doctor to establish existing lifestyle factors and gene patterns of diabetes, high blood pressure and blood vessel disease that can later contribute to age-related diseases. Adding to this is a major component that includes a solution with focused measures to deal with caregiving, coping strategies, guidance and finding meaning.
The professional nutritional services of the Blueprint Health dietician not only focus on healthy meals, but emphasise the regular intake of food sources of anti-oxidants, natural sources of omega 3 fatty acids, B vitamins, minerals and supplements.
The Blueprint Health physical trainer will make sure that you become more active, as that is an essential stress-busting tool. The variety of outdoor activities in this package offer ample opportunities to establish a new routine that you can enjoy and sustain back home.
The cornerstone of this programme is Blueprint Health’s coaching services. The focus of these quiet, reflective sessions is a double-edged sword, increasing self-efficacy in dealing with current challenges, time management and strategies to put lifestyle measures in place to maximise longevity.
This programme focuses on the Wellness GeneScreen™ concept – how to gain vitality and resilience through health coaching.
Maintaining a lifestyle in sync with your genes is your best investment in wellness and longevity. If you face burnout or are interested in minimising your risk of heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, inflammatory diseases like arthritis and sporadic cancers, this programme is ideal.
Modern life just happens to us – we need to consciously choose what to say no to, prioritise what is important and take bold steps to affirm the responsibility that we have to care for ourselves.
The chronic disease risk reduction profile consists of several mutations.
Health and wellness components
This programme presents the perfect balance between all the different professional services Blueprint Health offers, as it allows clients to incorporate all aspects of a pro-active personalised lifestyle plan.
The Blueprint Health dietician’s professional nutritional services focus on healthy meals, nutritional choices when eating out, label reading, healthy snacking and supplementation and will show you the pitfalls and essentials.
The Blueprint Health biokineticist will focus on sustainable exercise programmes, time management, the importance of scheduling and peer training. Blueprint Health’s variety of outdoor activities offer ample opportunities to establish a new routine that you can enjoy and sustain back home.
The coaching services focus on practically implementing strategies to put new lifestyle measures in place. These changes will maximise your enjoyment of life through being ultimately responsible to yourself.
This package focuses on sporadic cancer risk. Genes are triggered by one another and by the environment (e.g. food, toxins, infections, radiation, products formed during metabolism in obese individuals).
Only genetic changes that have been shown to have a fairly strong association with cancer risk are helpful in deploying general cancer prevention strategies. As research progresses, more evidence will emerge, enabling health professionals to become more specific.
Individuals concerned about breast cancer can already have a targeted approach, as the screen can be augmented by a breast cancer risk profile.
The cancer profile consists of mutations in folic acid metabolism. Tests done with regard to breast cancer depend on the risks that are based on family history and other carriers in the family.
Health and wellness components
This programme has a strong emphasis on genetic counselling, explaining the complexities of positive and negative tests. Blueprint Health’s councillor and collaborators with post-graduate training in human genetics will answer all your questions regarding available options for intervention – including a pro-active personalised lifestyle plan.
The Blueprint Health dietician’s professional nutritional services strongly emphasise the importance of maintaining a healthy weight. The focus is on the regular intake of raw food sources that are high in anti-oxidants and are natural sources of omega 3 fatty acids, B vitamins and minerals. You will learn all about the pitfalls and essentials.
Potential dietary sources of cancer causing substances (carcinogens) are pointed out with a specific emphasis on preparation techniques, including frying and barbequing.
The biokinetic services of this Blueprint Health package focus on sustainable exercise programmes that you can enjoy and sustain at home. The variety of outdoor activities will offer ample opportunities to establish a new routine.
The Blueprint Health coach will implement a combination of practical strategies to put new lifestyle measures in place, as well as explore your inner resources to build self-efficacy, awareness and emotional resilience to manage your risks pro-actively.