When was the last time you reflected on your total health journey? From your childhood experiences to your future in old age, what phase of life are you in and how do you envision your health moving forward?
At the Center for Total Health, we believe that having a dialogue about your health is critical, which is why we’re encouraged by the following health-related observances in September and the wisdom they provide us. Along with each observance, we’ve provided questions for reflection and would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
Fruits and Veggies—More Matters and Childhood Obesity
Whether it’s through physical movement or eating more fruits and vegetables, teaching children and adults the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle has the power to end childhood obesity and create a positive ripple effect from the local to the national level.
We observe Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month and Childhood Obesity Month in September to spread awareness about how people can live healthier lives. In alignment with this mission, CTH showcases work being done across the country to make this goal a reality. Through our immersive exhibits we display change in action —like the implementation of the “Let’s Move! Active Schools” campaign in Miami, featured on our Health Discovery Wall. Our interactive map highlights the locations in Miami that have increased physical activity in schools, showcasing how individual or local change can make a difference.
Health Reflection: What foods and exercise currently support your total health – physically, mentally and emotionally?
Healthy Aging and World Alzheimer’s
Life can be challenging for Leo and Rosemary – two elderly personas featured at CTH. Leo shows signs of cognitive impairment and Rosemary, his wife and caregiver, has to ensure that he takes his medication and goes to his appointments, while also having to care for her own emotional health. With Rosemary’s help, Leo is aging in place, able to live in the comfort of his own home and community.
The month of September provides us the opportunity to address both the challenges as well as the positive aspects of growing older by observing both World Alzheimer’s Month and Healthy Aging Month. These observances touch on a delicate, yet immensely important phase of life – how we age and the responsibilities that come with growing older. We’re reminded to be more intentional with our actions and how they can affect our health later in life.
Health Reflection: In our busy, every day lives how often do we pause to think about how we’d like to age? What are we doing (or not doing) now that could help us age in a stronger, healthier way?
Regardless of age, we can all benefit from discussing what these observances mean for us, our family members and our community.
What’s one way to start prioritizing your health and the health of your friends, family or colleagues? By visiting and hosting a meeting or event at the Center for Total Health. You can find more information here.