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The Aspen Clinic is a health and wellness resource center that was created in November 2011 to help all individuals in the valley with their health, but has recently claimed notoriety with the opening of its Fitness and Post Rehabilitation Center. The Aspen Clinic (TAC) helps individuals manage their health by focusing on the whole person (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual). TAC provides health resources, creates educational awareness and facilitates community engagement. TAC encourages the following questions: What is my main health issue? What do I need to do to address it? Why is it important for me to do this?

TAC’s philosophy is simple: It is easier to maintain good health than regain it once it is lost. Many medical issues are completely preventable, and if disease is detected early, many times is treatable. Only 5-10% of all cancer cases can be attributed to genetic defects, whereas the remaining 90-95% has onset in the environment and lifestyle. Many of the leading causes of death in Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield Counties can be prevented with healthy behaviors such as seeing one’s physician regularly, managing stress, getting adequate sleep, physical activity and nutrition.

TAC empowers and helps individuals to take charge of their health, by providing them with education one needs to make informed choices about their health. TAC acts as an extension of the individual’s physician/provider. TAC emphasizes personal health engagement, behavioral change and a comprehensive perspective to achieve life-changing results and optimal vitality. TAC does this by health coaching, care coordination and care management.

TAC gives individuals the tools to take control of their health…and their life, no matter what their goals are.

Starting April 2nd, TAC is offering 12 Weeks to a Healthier You. A program where TAC and the individual works with Dietitian Susan Drake for a comprehensive 12-week lifestyle and weight management program. Studies show one can improve health – blood pressure, blood glucose, energy levels and more by losing 5% – 10% of body weight, improving sleep patterns and managing external stressors. This and more can be accomplished in 12 weeks with participation and focus.

Go to or call 970-279-5412 for more information on 12 weeks to a healthier you, TAC FIT and many more educational opportunities ranging from weekly workshops to monthly educational series.

Amanda Wagner is the executive director of The Aspen Clinic in Basalt.