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Are you ready to consider different contexts that could help facilitate your approach to being physically and psychologically healthy? Then jump on the health-promoting bandwagon!

It is a publication on health-promoting practices that I’m excited to share with anyone interested in reading about productive ways to live a healthy lifestyle. Obviously, there are countless websites and blogs on health that have been around for quite some time. This blog offers ideas on living a healthy lifestyle with consideration given to contexts that may not immediately come to mind as health-promoting. It includes ideas inspired by personal experiences, work-related experiences, and health education resources on simple ways to feel physically and mentally fit and how engaging in health-promoting practices can sometimes result in a positive outcome on a family or community level.

What do I Mean by “the Context” of Living a Healthy Lifestyle?

Living a healthy lifestyle encompasses a host of lifestyle practices. Exercise, eating a healthy diet, and adequate sleep are some of the common lifestyle practices that come to mind when one thinks of what it means to be healthy. While these are important health-promoting practices, recognizing the value of other seemingly obvious health-promoting behaviors (e.g., not smoking, controlling alcohol consumption, having an annual physical) and some not always obvious health-promoting behaviors (e.g., maintaining good posture, drinking adequate amounts of water daily, learning to play a musical instrument, being surrounded by positive-thinking people) along with one’s belief of and attitude toward healthy living are equally important.

Also important is establishing a routine or an atmosphere in the home or work setting that foster health-promoting practices. One such example is eating dinner together as a family. Studies have suggested several health-promoting benefits of making the dinner hour a family affair. Benefits include the increased likelihood of eating healthy meals, the decreased likelihood of adolescents obtaining poor grades and using drugs, and the decreased likelihood of children and adolescents developing depression or an eating disorder. Another example can be found at a New York-based telecom company where employees are permitted to form music bands that compete with one another. These employees are reported to be “happy colleagues” and to do their work in a manner that makes “happy customers.” This makes for a win-win, health-promoting work setting. (Hear more about this telecom company’s creative approach to promoting happiness among its employees.)

Frequency of Blog Posts

Blog posts are published monthly on a Sunday or Monday. I will sometimes post two blogs in one month, with the first post falling on the first or second Sunday or Monday and the second post following one or two weeks after. I may consider posting three blogs a month down the road. For now, I figured I’d play it safe with one to two blogs, especially since I’m already juggling family time and other responsibilities 🙂

Thanks again for stopping by. Hope you find this blog enjoyable, inspiring, and health-promoting!

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