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Fixin' Healthcare

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

The Lifestyle Chronicles - Desperately Seeking Health

The goal for health care goes beyond treating sickness and disease; it is to reduce the incidence of sickness and disease. This is a goal that requires a different type of consumer. One who is more knowledgable, resilient, resourceful, patient, persistent and in control of their lives. In other words, less of a patient.

Health is a behavioral issue. To improve health requires change in behavior. Change in behavior requires change in thinking. Change in thinking requires inspiration and motivation. Inspiration and motivation are based upon hope, anticipation, commitment, faith, capability and human relations, among other things.

Where are these qualities to be found in American culture and how might they best be cultivated? Optimum health is a group activity and the community is where it takes place. The search might start there.

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