Self Care is Health Care
Passengers on the Titanic didn’t ask if life preservers were part of their insurance benefits when the ship was going down because they knew they needed them to survive regardless of if they were or were not. What you need to survive in today’s world is, most likely, not covered by your insurance. Health insurance is not healthcare, it is a way of paying for your healthcare. Health insurance is important for sure, but it won’t cover the care you need for a chronic condition.
A chronic disease, by the definition of the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, is one lasting three months or more. Chronic diseases generally cannot be prevented by vaccines or cured by medication, nor do they just disappear. Health-damaging behaviors - particularly tobacco use, lack of physical activity, and poor eating habits - are major contributors to the leading chronic diseases. The current statistics for chronic disease:
• 1 in 2 adults suffer from chronic disease
• 1 in 4 adults suffer from multiple chronic diseases
• 30% of kids suffer from a chronic disease
• 7 out of 10 deaths are due to chronic disease
• Arthritis and related conditions are the leading cause of disability in the US, affecting nearly 43 million Americans (that’s my specialty!)
Why are we getting sicker? Why are our kids getting sicker? What can you do about it?
Become a health coach!!!!
Why, you ask??
Because each family needs a health coach, not a medicine cabinet. A health coach is an individual willing to look at the choices available and to suggest one that is more in line with a natural remedy. Not what’s easiest or what Aunt Ilene heard from her friend who heard from the neighbor down the street who walks funny because he doesn’t believe in chiropractic (small rant). A health coach will read the blogs and reviews on our current food production and choices and guide their family to better health. That could be you!
Where should you start?
1. Come to my next Wine & Wellness talk on May 3rd.
2. Find one blog and/or one website this week to follow.
3. Pick SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely)
Don’t hesitate to call me if you need help or have a question. I think the “stupid” questions are some of the best ones so don’t be afraid to ask; I’m here to help.