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Four Ways our National Health Care Crisis Affects You (and What you Can do About it)

Four Ways our National Health Care Crisis Affects You (and What you Can do About it)

b2ap3_thumbnail_Fotolia_50451989_XS.jpgThese days, we hear a lot about problems with our nation's health. As a country, we've got some challenges. Our health is getting worse, and our expenses are getting higher. Meanwhile, our current health care system is not doing a good job of turning this trend around. Consider this evidence:

So, how does this affect you and why should you care? Here are four reasons why our national health crisis affects requires our personal attention:

1. Increased national health spending affects personal finances.

2. Much of our health spending is preventable.

3. Chronic diseases increase your health risks and can reduce your quality of life.

4. Chronic disease affects your community and the ones that you love.

Clearly, our national health problems are serious and they affect us directly. Fortunately, there are things that all of us can do to help turn the tide. Here are four ways to get started:

  • Master your own self-care. Small gradual improvements in lifestyle choices can yield big benefits over time. To get started or to take your self-care to the next level, check out my free wellness guide and self-care resource page.
  • Be an informed consumer and citizen. Avoid unnecessary treatments and procedures that may put you at risk. Stay abreast of research and policy discussions that relate to your health and the health of your community.
  • Promote wellness in your circles of influence. We are more likely to be well if we are surrounded by healthy people. Helping your friends, family, and co-workers be healthier is a win for everyone!
  • Encourage decision-makers to invest in proactive solutions. Too often, Corporate and government policy decisions are reactive or based on short-term goals. If we are going to create a healthier future for our children and their children, we need leaders who will make real and sustainable investments in community well-being.

The challenges that we face are all things that we can address if we work together. Where's an area that you are taking action or feel called to act? Please share your thoughts with me in the comments below!

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