Category Archives: Let’s Be Active (Individual & Community Involvement)

Let’s Be Active! (August 31, 2017)

Let’s Be Active

Promoting increased involvement within one’s family or community.

           I have recently decided that one of my personal goals is to become active in my community in a way that requires more personal accountability.  Becoming active in one’s community is a great way to foster one’s connectedness to the world around oneself.  There are just as many ways to become active as there are people in your community.  How one determines to become active in one’s community centers upon one’s relationships connecting them to the community, as well as their interests.  

          My initial personal goal, upon moving to a new area, was to establish relationships while becoming active in ways that had goals already predetermined by others.  In the process of settling into the new area, I discovered an opportunity to become more active in alignment with a passionate interest of mine.  The sharing of my idea with others has been met with great enthusiasm due to the potential to foster improvement of a recognized need.  Although I am still actively working on predetermined goals with others, I have already experienced a deeper community connectedness with my added venture being added to the mix.  

          If you are not already trying to be active in your community, I would challenge you to ask yourself what is holding you back?   Fostering the development of healthy relationships, while seeking to enrich one’s experience with others as a community, are both beneficial health promotional efforts in the pursuit of whole person wellness.  I have learned that to thrive in my own community, I must challenge myself not to remain comfortable.  Have you considered the potential benefits for you, in challenging yourself to always be learning while in the service of others and to force yourself to be uncomfortable?   

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Let’s Be Active (Individual & Community Involvement)

Health Promotion Ideas focuses on whole person wellness.  All of our decisions influence our body, mind, and spirit.  Life goals differ for everyone, so our blog provides information to assist others in their pursuit of whole person wellness.  We encourage everyone to Become Active.  Look here for information why becoming active in one’s family or community is beneficial in the pursuit of whole person wellness.

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Let’s Be Active (Individual & Community Involvement)

Health Promotion Ideas focuses on whole person wellness.  All of our decisions influence our body, mind, and spirit.  Life goals differ for everyone, so our blog provides information to assist others in their pursuit of whole person wellness.  We encourage everyone to Become Active.  Look here for information why becoming active in one’s family or community is beneficial in the pursuit of whole person wellness.

Let’s Get Healthy: Let’s Be Active!

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Let’s Be Active (Individual & Community Involvement)

Health Promotion Ideas focuses on whole person wellness.  All of our decisions influence our body, mind, and spirit.  Life goals differ for everyone, so our blog provides information to assist others in their pursuit of whole person wellness.  We encourage everyone to Become Active.  Look here for information why becoming active in one’s family or community is beneficial in the pursuit of whole person wellness.

Let’s Get Healthy: Let’s Be Active!

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Let’s Be Active (Individual & Community Involvement)

Health Promotion Ideas focuses on whole person wellness.  All of our decisions influence our body, mind, and spirit.  Life goals differ for everyone, so our blog provides information to assist others in their pursuit of whole person wellness.  We encourage everyone to Become Active.  Look here for information why becoming active in one’s family or community is beneficial in the pursuit of whole person wellness.

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Let’s Be Active! (February 24, 2016)

Let’s Be Active

Promoting increased involvement within one’s family or community.

           How active are you?  Whether we are active as individuals, as family members, or as part of our communities, the idea is that we are active in something that interests us.  What interests you, your family, or your community?  

          There are so many ways for all of us to be active.  As an individual, many of us choose to be active in things that are related to our primary relationship roles, such as a being a spouse or a parent.  Being part of a mom’s group, ladies’ group, or spouse’s group are examples of how we as individuals can be active & support our connection with others.  However, we also often choose to be active in things such as organized causes or movements, that are not related to our relationships with others.  Contributing to causes or movements that advocate for the end of poverty, the education of children, or the protection of domestic violence victims are examples of how as individuals we can be active in supporting the rights of others.  

          As a family member, many of us choose to be active in things that foster healthy relationships between our family members.  For some families, this could be as simple as having regular game nights at home, but it could also be vacationing together or completing a marathon together, for example.  Activities such as these differ from activities that families choose to be active in together for the purpose of supporting others.  As a family member, we also choose to be active in things like welcoming someone to the neighborhood by inviting them over for dinner or helping a friend or loved one to complete a remodel, for example.  Although many activities are certainly not exclusive to either individuals or families, the experiences from participating in the activities may be vastly different as an individual or family member.  

          As a community member, there are many ways to choose to be active.  The results & experiences from our being active certainly depend on where we choose to be active, such as in our neighborhood, locally, regionally, nationally, &/or globally.  There are some causes & movements that provide this diversified experience, depending on how active people want to be in their participation.  However we define our community, choosing to be active in our community not only provides the individual &/or family with experiences, but provides for community support.  Therefore, how active we choose to be determines the amount of support we provide to our community.  

          So, how active are you now & how active do you want to be?  Are there things that you would like to be more active in as an individual, as a family, or as a community member?  What are you interested in being active in & what amount of support to yourself, to your family, & to others do you hope that you being active causes?  If you are not as active as an individual, family, or community member, then choose to be active in something that interests you, your family, or your community.  

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Let’s Be Active! (January 25, 2016)

Let’s Be Active

Promoting increased involvement within one’s family or community.

           Sometimes we take for granted the benefits of developing our community connectedness.  To feel like we are part of a community, there are so many different things that we can do.  As someone who has experienced moving many times as a child, as an individual, as well as a parent & spouse, I have learned a few things along the way.   Choosing to diversify one’s efforts to develop connections in the community provides for broader connectedness.

          Not only are there many things one can do to become connected to their community, there are different hopeful expectations for each of these things.  Meeting one’s neighbors who live close by is one of the most expected ways to become part of one’s community, but neighbors may or may not be the same people that we interact with when we attend school as a child, when we work as an adult, or when we attend events in the area that we live in.  Therefore, despite the likely commonalities for people to live in the same neighborhood, there may or may not be enough interactions that cause neighbors to meet.  This is why I intentionally try to meet my neighbors to introduce myself, to discover more about them & their interests, & to initiate an openness to connect with them.  Some community connections, such as building relationships with neighbors, have the potential to lead to other connections, such as establishing a walking group on local trails.  

          The hopeful expectations for joining an established group that has similar expectations from group members are different compared to an independently created group, such as a neighborhood community.  This is true when we join a faith-based group, a social club, or a fitness center.  Depending on the size of each of these established groups, there may be additional subgroup opportunities available that help us to find people who have very similar interests as us.  This is why I intentionally try to find more than one established group with which to connect, in order to meet people with varied interests.  Some community connections, such as building relationships with people who we have discovered have focused-interests similar to our own interests, have the potential to build strong connections.  In contrast, the diversity of community connections, such as is possible when relationships are built with multiple established groups &/or subgroups, has the potential to lead to a stronger overall connection to the community as a whole, rather than to the group itself.  

          Community connectedness can be developed in many different ways & hopefully incorporates many different levels of relationship building.  Although successful community connectedness may look different for all of us, we all have the potential to learn from each other & from each community that we join.  How are you connected to your community?  

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Let’s Be Active! (Aug 31, 2015)

Let’s Be Active

Promoting increased involvement within one’s family or community.

           What does community mean to you?  For some, community is the place in which they live.  This could be their neighborhood, their school district, their town, their region, or their country.  For others, community is the group in which they are a member.  This could be in a family, in a school setting, in a work-place setting, such as a group, department, or organization.  Some community memberships are chosen voluntarily, whereas some communities are assigned.  For some people though, community is focused in a place of worship or at a club, based upon their interests.  

However, community can also mean the sense of belonging one has or is a part of.  Whatever community means to each of us, it is often an affiliation that results from a choice or several choices that we have made.  This means that it is usually modifiable.  Life is flexible and adaptable to what we choose to make of it.  Therefore, community is a relative term that differs for each of us.  For some people, time is the one of the only factors that contributes to their community change.  For others, there are other factors that have influenced their community, such as relocations, relationship or job changes, and life altering events.  

When we have community, we have a support network that we can ask for help.  In today’s ever changing and fast-paced world, we could all use some help.  Next time you need help, consider what you could do if you had more help from a membership that you are affiliated with.  Then think of what you would do if you did not have the community memberships that you have.  There are many others who would welcome you into their community and reciprocate your generosity and support.  Promoting a stronger community provides added support for so many more people.  We could all use some help some time, don’t you think?  Who else could you offer support to? 

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Let’s Be Active (Feb 20, 2014)

Let’s Be Active

Promoting increased involvement within one’s family or community.

           We need to be active collaborators to improve mental health.  The recognized duty is present in the relationship between health professionals with their patients.  The financial burden is present by American citizens and medical payers, including the U.S. government.  The largest burden is on family and friends who witness health outcomes that result from stigmatized mental health care.  Increased medical community involvement in treatment collaboration efforts is one method of being more active in population mental health outcomes.  Whether primary care provider, public health advocate, or family member, all of us have a role promoting better mental health. 

           Primary care providers (PCP) see the majority of mental health patients with focused individual improvement as their goal (Shim & Rust, 2013).  Electronic health record (EHR) programs provide comprehensive evaluation and interdisciplinary team management strategies for treatment including mental health specialty care (Shim & Rust, 2013).  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) supports the PCP model for primary management with EHR-based patient-centered medical homes (Shim & Rust, 2013). 

           Health promotion advocates in public health share the determination to prevent disease, disability, or death from mental health.  Mental health illness globally is the second largest disease and disability burden (Shim & Rust, 2013).  Severe mental illness shortens life by an average of 25 years (Shim & Rust, 2013).  A whole-person approach with screening and early treatment leads to reduced stigma, improved patient treatment engagement, and improved overall health metrics by preventing long-term mental health effects (Shim & Rust, 2013). 

           Family members and friends effectively reduce health risks, like usage of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.  They are beneficial to fostering healthy life style habits for sleep hygiene, physical activity, nutrition, and development of healthy relationships (Shim & Rust, 2013).  Improving one’s general health improves one’s mental health. 

           Promoting healthy life styles using the whole-person approach improves individual, community, population, and global mental health.  Reduction in mental health contributes to improved overall health and wellness, improved mortality rates, decreased disability, and decreased costs.  We should all be so fortunate to help each other to live well, longer, with less cost and disability.

Reference:

Shim, R., & Rust, G. (2013). Primary care, behavioral health, and public health: Partners in reducing mental health stigma. American Journal of Public Health, 103(5), 774-776.  http://dx.doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2013.301214

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Let’s Be Active (Individual & Community Involvement)

Health Promotion Ideas focuses on whole person wellness.  All of our decisions influence our body, mind, and spirit.  Life goals differ for everyone, so our blog provides information to assist others in their pursuit of whole person wellness.  We encourage everyone to Become Active.  Look here for information why becoming active in one’s family or community is beneficial in the pursuit of whole person wellness.

Let’s Get Healthy: Let’s Be Active!

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