Each of us have the ability to control what we do to our bodies. How we eat. How we sleep. How we exercise. Change is in our power. And while there's still some cost associated with preventive care, it's still much less than treatment on things we could have easily avoided or at least, lessened our risk factor.
In 2011 the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released a "National Prevention Strategy" which "envisions a prevention-oriented society where all sectors recognize the value of health for individuals, families, and society and work together to achieve better health for Americans."
The report identifies 7 priorities:
- Tobacco Free Living
- Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use
- Healthy Eating
- Active Living
- Injury and Violence Free Living
- Reproductive and Sexual Health
- Mental and Emotional Well-Being
Former President Bill Clinton's Global Initiative is an organization that recognizes the vital importance of "systematic health improvement throughout the United States." CGI holds its annual Health Matters Summit beginning Monday. You can live stream many of the sessions, including Clinton's opening remarks by going to their website.
The point of all this discussion and prevention is two-fold. One, if you take care of your body and your health, you're going to live longer and your day-to-day life will simply be easier and more satisfying. That's a fact. And two, the financial burden of getting sick, which strains not only your bank account, but the overall economy is decreased. Medical expenses are the number one reason for personal bankruptcy filings in this country. The fact is a lot of health related debt could have been prevented.
Bottom line. As medical costs continue to spiral out of control, it's imperative we take care of ourselves now more than ever. Know what you can do to minimize your health risks - and do it!
The health of a nation depends on it.
Stay Informed. Stay Positive. Stay Healthy.
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