‘The Doctor in the Mirror’ Empowers Readers to Take Charge of Their Health by Recognizing Dr. You

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    ‘The Doctor in the Mirror’ Empowers Readers to Take Charge of Their
    Health by Recognizing Dr. You

    • Engaging, common-sense guide to everyday health issues by Reed
      Tuckson, M.D., emphasizes that the key to wellness is in our hands
    • Dr. Tuckson’s inspiring message carried nationwide through an
      accompanying PBS television show

    MINNETONKA, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
    With 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, a new book by Reed Tuckson,
    M.D., executive vice president and chief of medical affairs,
    UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), aims to put the power of healthy aging
    in the hands of average Americans.

    “The Doctor in the Mirror” is based on a simple premise: while
    preventive care and regular doctor visits are vital to health, the key
    to much of our wellness is in our hands. The book encourages readers to
    recognize the doctor in the mirror, or “Dr. You,” and provides
    information, strategies, ideas and resources designed to help older
    adults age with vitality.

    As a precursor to the availability of “The Doctor in the Mirror” in
    soft-cover and digital versions on Dec. 27, a 1-hour PBS special of the
    same name aired in more than 30 markets across the country in November
    and December. During the special, Dr. Tuckson shared many of the
    concepts addressed in the book before a studio audience.

    Dr. Tuckson developed “The Doctor in the Mirror” to share his
    common-sense recommendations for living a longer, healthier life more
    broadly. The counsel he shares in the book’s pages is based on his four
    decades of experience as a physician, including serving in a leadership
    role with the American Medical Association and as the commissioner of
    public health for the District of Columbia. In his current role, Dr.
    Tuckson has a national view of health issues facing more than 75 million
    people served by UnitedHealth Group.

    A companion website, www.DoctorInTheMirror.com,
    provides additional information and resources and allows visitors to
    share their questions about health and aging, as well as relevant
    personal stories on overcoming barriers and achieving personal health
    goals.

    “One of the most often-overlooked medical truths is that no one knows
    what’s going on inside a person’s body or mind like that person does. In
    a culture that rightfully gives such reverence to our health
    professionals, that’s a powerful concept that gives many people pause,”
    said Dr. Tuckson. “I wrote this book to help people understand that one
    of the most capable doctors they’ll ever meet is right there in the
    mirror. It is my hope that the information and practical tools in the
    book will help people recognize the barriers that stand between them and
    better health and help them learn how to pull them down, brick by brick.”

    Comprehensive in nature, the 359-page book is divided into three
    sections that focus on the areas that have the greatest impact on the
    health of older adults: lifestyle, medical needs, and home and family.
    Each section delves deeply into the health concerns that most often
    plague older adults.

    Throughout the pages of the book, Dr. Tuckson urges readers to be honest
    with themselves about the life they want to live and the health they
    need to achieve it. He encourages people to understand the relationship
    and interactions they have with friends, family, their community and the
    health system, and what is necessary from these relationships to achieve
    individual health goals.

    Compelling visuals as well as “Medical Notes” and “Doctor’s Orders” are
    incorporated throughout the book, which transforms it into a guide that
    is intended to be referenced and re-read as needed over the years.

    “The Doctor in the Mirror” became available in paperback and eBook
    format at Amazon.com on Dec. 27. For more information, visit www.DoctorInTheMirror.com.

    About Reed Tuckson, M.D., FACP
    Reed
    Tuckson, M.D., a graduate of Howard University, Georgetown University
    School of Medicine, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s
    General Internal Medicine residency and fellowship programs, is
    executive vice president and chief of medical affairs at UnitedHealth
    Group, a Fortune 50 diversified health and well-being company. As
    the most senior clinician of UnitedHealth Group, he is responsible for
    working with the company’s business units, as well as a network of
    600,000 health care providers, 5,000 hospitals and 75 million members to
    improve health outcomes.

    Dr. Tuckson has extensive experience working with the nation’s
    physicians as the former senior vice president, professional standards,
    for the American Medical Association. He also has experience in
    educating physicians as the former president of the Charles R. Drew
    University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles. He has worked to
    improve the health of communities as the former senior vice president
    for programs of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and is the
    former Commissioner of Public Health for the District of Columbia.

    Dr. Tuckson is privileged to interact with the country’s medical thought
    leaders through his memberships and activities in the Institute of
    Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He expresses his interest
    in research as a member of the National Institute of Health’s Advisory
    Committee to the Director. Dr. Tuckson has a special interest in
    applying new medical technology to support optimal patient-centered
    decision making as a member of numerous Health Information Technology
    boards and committees, including the American Telemedicine Association.
    He recently served as a commissioner, Certification Commission on Health
    Information Technology (CCHIT); and is currently a member of the
    Performance Measurement Workgroup, Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance
    (AQA); and the Quality Workgroup, American Health Information Community
    (AHIC).

    Dr. Tuckson serves on the board of directors of the National Patient
    Advocate Foundation, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and Project Sunshine.
    Dr. Tuckson was featured on the cover of the February 2009 issue of Black
    Enterprise
    magazine and named one of the “100 Most Powerful
    Executives in Corporate America.” He was also selected as one of Modern
    Healthcare/Modern Physician’s
    “50 Most Powerful Physician
    Executives” in Healthcare in 2009 and 2010.

    About UnitedHealth Group
    UnitedHealth
    Group (NYSE: UNH) is a diversified health and well-being company
    dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making health care
    work better. With headquarters in Minnetonka, Minn., UnitedHealth Group
    offers a broad spectrum of products and services through two distinct
    platforms: UnitedHealthcare, which provides health care coverage and
    benefits services; and Optum, which provides information and technology-
    enabled health services. Through its businesses, UnitedHealth Group
    serves more than 75 million people worldwide. Visit www.unitedhealthgroup.com
    for more information.

    Contacts

    UnitedHealthcare
    Matt Burns, 952-931-6242
    Matthew_A_Burns@uhc.com

    Source: UnitedHealthcare