Update: Since what I have attempted to write in the last couple of months deals mostly with social inequities and is very loosely related to the term “health” which I describe below, I am changing the theme of this blog. The whole point of expanding the definition of health in this day and age is to include the professions that are related to the healthcare field, such as social work, law, legislature, and nonprofit community resources, and I’m not quite there yet. Sticking to what I had originally planned with this blog eliminates thoughtful discussion of at least a few of the topics I’ve been interested in lately, so I’m opting to expand my mind through this webpage. Hopefully these pages will be known for echoing the quiet concerns of our society, and for attempting to address issues hindering our progress domestically and internationally (but ESPECIALLY here in the U.S.)
I will warn ye who enter here- things you will read here will be sarcastic, some will bother people of certain political or social convictions, and I will generally post about whatever thing is on my mind that I read or noticed that bothered me or caught my eye recently if it has to do with health at all. Some things I may investigate in a future post might be the access to healthcare by minority and disadvantaged populations, welfare programs and their financing/related policy, the pro-choice wing of the abortion argument, gaps in our education system, general fitness (including my journey/struggle related to that end), occupational health markers and issues, and chronic diseases. Some of those things may not seem as though they fall under the health/wellness umbrella, but they really do!
Quick lesson! The World Health Organization (WHO) revamped their definition of health quite some time ago- healthy does not just mean ‘not suffering from debilitating illness.’ Here’s their definition now:
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
The coursework I have completed builds further upon the 1948 WHO definition of health. Many of them referred to the occupational health of persons as well as the physical, mental, and social dimensions the WHO discusses. Wouldn’t you say that if you feel better about your family, what you do at work, how stimulated you are mentally, you feel generally happier and actually become ill less often? I certainly have. One major way we can contribute to the improvement of our health as a nation (which is pretty crappy- go read a CHART) is to educate people on what they can do to improve their health in each of the areas I mentioned above. Education contributes to the health and well-being of a person for the rest of his or her life, not just their earning potential. Think about teen pregnancy, STDs, workplace accidents, vaccine-mediated diseases, just to name a few- the burden on us from all of these phenomena are greatly reduced when proper education is in play.
I know it’s not always fun, but I’ll try to break the disappointing information with a smile and some self-depricating humor on the way, and maybe whoever reads this thing will pick up something they didn’t know before and pass it along. Also, if anyone’s actually stayed with me this long- I will take requests if there’s something you want to see a post about but don’t want to research or don’t have the resources for! That’s easy right?
infographic from HERE!
much more in-depth discussion of the 6 Dimensions of Wellness can be found HERE!