It is impossible to put a price tag on good, quality health.
However, we can to some degree measure the toll that poor health takes on our personal and professional lives.
Professional: It can affect wages lost, reduced productivity, time away from work, and don’t forget added medical expenses.
Personal: Poor health can attribute to reduced functioning and a decreased quality of life, which in turn can place an enormous burden on your family members.
Lifestyle habits can increase or prevent certain diseases.
Some risk factors are beyond our control, like age, gender, ethnicity, family history – while other factors are modifiable, such as smoking, drinking, drug use, physical activity, food choices, and weight.
Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cancer are linked to poor long-term lifestyle behaviors; this includes poor diet, inactivity, smoking, excessive alcohol or drug use.
The more risk factors one has, the greater chance there is for developing disease.
As these lifestyle diseases wreak havoc on the American population, the burden it has on our economic situation is astonishing.
How, you ask?
Americans are paying more out of pocket expenses for medical care and prescription drugs than ever before.
Employers are feeling this effect trickle down into their companies due to decreased productivity, increased number of sick days being used for illnesses, lack of energy employees have, and in their bottom line due to the huge jump in insurance health care costs.
Did you know that only one in three people exercise on a regular basis? One in four does not exercise at all. Two of every three are overweight or obese. Nearly 40% of adults spend the majority of the day sitting; eight of ten people recognize the benefits of exercise, but only two exercise enough to meet physical activity guidelines. WOW!
If the number of obese and overweight people in the US continues to grow as it has over the past three decades, nearly 9 out of 10 will be considered overweight or obese by 2030. Scary thought, right?
What is the solution? There is no one answer for that, but it is very clear that most chronic diseases can be prevented with good, healthy food choices and a regular exercise regimen. Instead of seeking out costly “cures” (and I use the word cure loosely), we need to act on the knowledge that exercise and good food choices are powerful, effective, and affordable.
Studies have shown that modest investments in your health can bear considerable results physically, mentally, and financially.
If all the inactive people in the US were to begin an exercise regimen and eat better, we as a nation could see a savings of $77 BILLION in direct medical costs every year! Yes, I said 77 BILLION.
Medical spending is everybody’s problem!
Consider being part of the solution. Don't rely on pharmaceutical drugs to "cure" what ails you. Make conscious choices to take control of your own health today!
You can start making better food choices. You can demand that healthier foods become more readily available for you and your family. Buy from your local farmers market, participate in petitions on food labeling and policies, get educated on nutrition and supplements, and start exercising.
If you can't run...than walk....if you can't walk... float around in a pool...just consider starting somewhere. You'll be lapping everyone else on the couch. :)
EZ Coach has the solution. We can help you so you can take control and responsibility of your health & your family's health.
Contact us today and we shall get you started!
Integrity Health is a franchise company residing in New Hampshire. We specialize in health coaching centers combining fitness with weight loss to optimize and promote optimal health.