MediLodge Whole Person Wellness Program Celebrates Beer

This month, the MediLodge Whole Person Wellness Program celebrates the healthy aspects of beer in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day.  To kick it off, we share some frequently asked questions and interesting facts about this ancient beverage.

  • What is the difference between a lager and an ale?

The yeast is the main difference between the two. Ale yeast is fermented at warmer temperatures at the top of the fermenter; lager yeast is fermented at cooler temperatures at the bottom of the fermenter.

  • What does the pasteurization do for beer?

Steam gradually heats the bottles or cans up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit and then gradually cools them back down to room temperature.  This stops the yeast growth, enabling the beer to be kept at room temperature for longer periods of time.

  • Why do all brewers use barley as a main ingredient?

Barley is the magic grain for beer.  It contains a higher concentration of the enzymes necessary to convert starches into sugar and other fermentables.  The yeast metabolizes the fermentables into carbon dioxide and ethyl alcohol.



  • There are over 200 styles of beer produced throughout the world
  • The growth of the specialty (craft or micro) beer segment has resulted in more breweries in the US than any other country in the world
  • An average 12 ounce beer has fewer calories than two slices of bread and contains no fat
  • The average American annually consumes 47.3 gallons of soda, 26.5 gallons of coffee, and 23.1 gallons of beer.

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The goal of the MediLodge Whole Person Wellness Program is to recognize the unique individuality of everyone.  This approach to wellness is an active process in which everyone is encouraged to make choices towards personal growth in seven dimensions of wellness:  physical, social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, occupational/vocational and financial.  Most workplace wellness programs focus entirely on physical health.  With a whole person wellness approach, the physical needs will not be downplayed, but will be held in equal importance as the dimensions that involve mind and spirit.  In whole person wellness a high priority is placed on prevention, individual involvement and the responsibility we each have for achieving optimal wellness of body, mind and spirit.


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