Be Healthy, Start a Revolution!
|December 31, 2010||Posted by Lauren under Health News|
All of us have a certain core set of beliefs that shape who we are and how we interact with the world. These beliefs drive our relationships, our career choices, and even many of our mundane everyday decisions. They are things we hold so dearly that they will not be shaken, no matter what happens in life.
I’m not just talking about things like faith and religion here (don’t worry, I’m not suddenly going down that road on you). There are many other beliefs and values that give us a lens through which we look at the world. For me, one of those beliefs is this: health is a basic human right. With all that is in me, I truly believe that every man, woman, and child on this earth has the right to a healthy life.
Unfortunately, however, we live in a world where this right is not a reality for many people. Health problems are rampant and it seems as though a smaller and smaller percentage of us are actually “healthy.”
In a recent article in the Huffington Post, Dr. Mark Hyman argues that health is a right which has been taken from us. The article is a great one, and I strongly encourage you to take a few minutes to read through it. But some of his basic argument is as follows (emphasis added):
The website RevolutionaryAct.com was started by a woman named Pilar Gerasimo as a way to spark a health revolution. The movement is based on 10 revolutionary truths, which are available in the free downloadable manifesto (Being Healthy is a Revolutionary Act: A Manifesto for Thriving in a Mixed-Up World) and are also printed in the Huffington Post article. I encourage you to download the manifesto (which also includes 101 revolutionary ways to be healthy — how’s that for inspiration?), but a few of my favorites include:
- The way we are living is crazy
- This is not about six-pack abs and skinny jeans
- Inaction is not an option
- The best defense is a good offense (i.e. it’s time to give up diets and focus instead on nourishing our bodies)
The field in which I work is focused on obesity prevention. And in that field, we talk a lot about how the solution to the obesity epidemic (and yes, it is a crisis of epidemic proportions) will be from a multi-pronged approach. That is, attacking the issue at all angles — changing the environment, coming up with new policies, and of course, inspiring more individuals to take responsibility for their health and behavior. The same is true for health as a whole. Not only do we need to change the environment to be more supportive of our health, but we as individuals need to work on making changes for ourselves, our families, and our communities that will help make this world a healthier place for each and every individual.
As the new year approaches, it’s time to set new goals and look ahead toward all the promises and the possibilities 2011 holds. There’s truly no better time to start taking back control of your health, and to work to improve the health of others.
So what are you waiting for? Join the revolution today and be a part of the movement that aims to take back something we all have a fundamental right to: our health.