In this inaugural post of the Well Power blog, I’d like to make an ambitious statement: everyone in the world deserves to be well. If you share this belief, recognize that inequalities exist and understand that particular population groups face health complications at a disproportionate rate, then you are reading the right blog.
America is ranked 51st for global life expectancy behind countries like Jordan and South Korea. When a large proportion of people are in poor health, it impacts the financial and social resources of the entire nation. People perform less effectively at work and at school, when they are able to show up at all. Motivation and innovation stalls when basic health needs are unmet. Although we are a society concentrated on individualism, it is truly in our best interest to ensure that everyone living in our country is healthy.
In addition to reactively trouble-shooting diseases after they are diagnosed, let’s work together to proactively identify how we can prevent illness. In addition to genetics, what is causing poor health in America? Studies have linked wellness with a number of social factors, including: education, environment, food security, health care, housing, jobs, nutrition, safety, and transportation.
Some of these links are pretty intuitive – we know that poor nutrition can lead to obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, and heart problems; and living on an unsafe block in the inner city can certainly increase the likelihood of injury or death. But, some of the linkages between social factors and health are astonishing; like the fact that Americans with a high school education or higher live three times longer than those without, or that environmental factors cause 25% of the global disease burden.
In the Well Power blog, we will discuss the impact of these social factors on health and examine ways to holistically support a culture of wellness. We encourage you to:
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