Public Health and Wellness: The Importance of Healthy Habits
We all have a certain level of Health which is inherent in all of us, and it cannot be destroyed or altered. Health is a condition of mental, physical and social well being where infirmity and illness are absent. Health is also equated with longevity, resilience and vitality. With these qualities, one can be assured that he is on the road to good health.
To be able to achieve an optimal state of health, it is important to address health problems at their source. The five elements of healthful lifestyle include a healthy diet, regular exercise, discipline, social interaction, and emotional balance. In the pursuit of a holistic approach to health, all of these components must be addressed. A well-balanced, nutritionally fit and mentally fit individual can then attain healthful lifestyle and avoid the multitude of diseases, which plagues our society today. With a better-balanced life, there are less health problems to contend with and we can hope to live longer, enjoy better health, and contribute more to our communities.
Health-related behaviors are the result of ingrained habits and responses to stressors. For example, unhealthy lifestyle choices may include smoking, overeating, drinking, drug abuse, lack of exercise, and poor nutritional habits. These factors are exacerbated by other factors such as poverty, lack of education, unemployment, inadequate healthcare, and elder care. These factors impact us physically, emotionally, socially, mentally, and medically. And because of this, many of these illnesses are preventable. If we make smart decisions when making lifestyle choices, we can reduce the risks of getting chronic diseases and we can also avoid getting communicable diseases.
In the United States, a surprising number of people, mostly women, have been diagnosed with serious communicable diseases. For example, women between the ages of 20 and 60 years old have been diagnosed with breast cancer every year. It’s important for every woman to learn how to recognize the early symptoms of breast cancer so that they can get themselves checked and treated if necessary. And while breast cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed among women, it should not be the first thing a woman thinks of when she develops any new illness. There are other serious illnesses that can strike a woman, such as heart disease or diabetes.
A healthy diet, regular exercise, and regular sleep all play an important role in a person’s well being. Eating right and getting regular exercise help people manage stress and maintain a healthy weight. Sleep also helps to manage stress levels and is needed to help maintain a good quality of life and physical health. But if the body does not get enough rest, it can do all of these things improperly.
Environmental factors are the most common causes of poor health conditions and illnesses. Poor nutritional choices, exposure to toxins, and poor overall health due to stress, can all have an impact on a person’s well-being. And the most serious effect of these environmental factors is chronic illness. Environmental factors like pollution and chemicals can cause a number of different diseases, so knowing what steps can be taken to avoid them and what steps to take to manage stress can go a long way toward maintaining good health.
The most obvious thing that someone can do to improve their health and their wellness is to eat healthy foods and get plenty of exercise. Exercise lowers blood pressure and helps to manage stress, which has an impact on a person’s overall health and wellness. A balanced diet can help people maintain a healthy weight, which is important to overall wellness and can help prevent many diseases and illnesses.
Eating a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly is not enough, however. A healthy diet may not help people lose weight and may not help people prevent certain types of cancer or other diseases. In addition, an unhealthy diet can leave people feeling fatigued and lacking in energy, which can affect their mental health. Many people need a combination of a healthy diet, regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle to remain physically healthy and to avoid costly health problems. By making some simple lifestyle changes, you can improve your quality of life.