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Fixin' Healthcare

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Your Brothers' and Sisters' Keeper

The purpose of health risk assessment is to determine the health problems most likely to affect you and develop a plan to prevent them. In America today those problems are the result of unhealthy lifestyle. That includes most of the chronic diseases and a lot of the depression plaguing our society.

Stop smoking and cease exposure to cigarette smoke. Walk everywhere you can with a goal of 10,000 steps daily. Eat whole foods and stop eating highly processed foods. Drink water, tea and lemonade. Stop drinking sodas. Avoid artificial sweeteners and "bars". Get a good night's sleep (the walking helps). Manage stress (the walking and sleep help). Maintain personal contacts. Compliment someone everyday. Try some periods of slow, deep breathing. Try optimism, it's more fun and usually cheaper.

Every person, family, church, school, workplace, club and community must reinforce healthy habits everyday. Helping someone else helps you. And, nothing is ever learned so well as when you teach it to someone else.

Optimum health is a team effort built upon personal responsibility.

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