Clothes and Health

Clothes and Health

Some background on JSK: Thanks to Cheryl Greene, I’ll be sharing some personal perspectives on health this week with you here on I’d already felt a part of the Dr. Greene family due to my own use of the portal back in the mid-1990s after becoming a new mother with countless questions about what-to-do-with-a-new-baby. So this invitation to share here was most welcome! My professional lens is as a health economist with THINK-Health, and I daily blog at Health Populi. I’ve worked at the intersection of health and technology for over two decades. My own belief is that about one-half of health is nature and one-half, nurture.

In that vein, I will be sharing with you each of the five days this week some thoughts on how we can advance health each day, 24×7, beyond consuming health ‘care.’

Today, my thoughts are on not vitamins or food or meditation or exercise, but on…clothing.

Since it’s Monday, it means I spent a portion of yesterday doing one of my favorite things that enhances my health and wellbeing: reading the Sunday New York Times. And if it’s Sunday, I prefer the good old-fashioned paper version, not the online one, accompanied by many large cups of Republic of Tea’s kiwi pear green tea.

This week’s paper included a full-color, “T Magazine,” the Women’s Fashion Spring 2009 section. As I perused `each page, wondering who this spring will spend their scarce dollars on such frippery, a most welcome and knowing full-page ad allowed me to exhale before I moved the magazine to the recycle pile: it was from my beloved clothing brand, Eileen Fisher.

I wear this clothing brand as part of my daily healthy lifestyle. If you doubt my sincerity, note the company’s mission statement: “To inspire women to celebrate who they are….To create products that simplify life and nurture the spirit….To work as a reflection of how our clothing works: simply, and in connection; individual growth and well-being; collaboration and teamwork.”

Now, that’s a healthier mission statement than I’ve seen reading many hospitals’ strategic plans.

There is something about donning clothes made from natural materials in styles that let you breathe and, by the way, flatter everyone who puts them on. Furthermore, the company has added more green fabrics to the line, in hemp and organic cotton, among other fibers.

Recently, Bloomingdale’s VP for fashion direction, Stephanie Solomon, told More magazine, “In a hectic society, there is something calming and Zen-like about these clothes.”

The next time you come across an Eileen Fisher store or department, go try on a pair of the label’s magical stretch crepe trousers and tell me if that experience doesn’t make you just say, “Ommmmm.”

Until tomorrow, I hope the clothes you’re wearing today make you feel as good as my EF outfit does.

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn is a health economist and management consultant who has worked with every segment of health care stakeholder in the U.S. and Europe for over two decades. Jane founded THINK-Health, a strategic health consultancy, in 1992 after spending a decade as a health care consultant in firms in the U.S. and Europe.

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