Achieving Optimal Health
It's a staggering statistic that seven out of 10 Americans who die each year die of a preventable chronic disease. Since 1871, it's been the role of the Surgeon General to educate America about how to best manage their health.
The Biggest Health Crises Facing America
-There are 9 million children in America who are overweight or obese.
-There are close to 60 million people who smoke. Tobacco-related illnesses are the No. 1 killer, claiming the lives of 435,000 people each year.
-The United States spends more per capita on health than any nation in the world, yet it is not the healthiest.
-Today's generation is the first generation of children who will live shorter lives than their parents.
-If the government spent less money on costs for preventable diseases, there would be more money for all of the uninsured people in the nation, and for anti-terrorism, education, etc.
How to Achieve Optimal Health and Wellness
-To start, pick a physical activity that you like to do and do it!
-Eliminate high-risk activities. Wear your seat belt, and do things that can reduce the cost of health care.
-There needs to be a cultural transformation. Community leaders such as rabbis, priests, teachers, and principals need to make a long-term commitment to health-literacy, and then spread the word. Knowledge about health risks is easily accessible, so we all need to take on the role of a leader if we can.
-The greatest predictor of health status in a community is socioeconomic status. People need access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and it has got to be safe to go outside.
-Work within your community to provide opportunity. Write to your assemblymen and demand a supermarket that provides fresh fruits and vegetables.