(Original Post Date: October 1, 2010)
It’s Fall and every year I think someone sneaky makes the year go faster! As we head into the last few months of 2010, we enter into the favorite part of the year for a lot of folks, i.e., holiday time, which entails a lot of fun with family and friends, travel, and of course, FOOD. Who can think of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas without thinking of food? I dare you.
I would like to share a very interesting and entertaining lecture that I attended yesterday, that dealt with health and wellness, entitled “Your health…Your Responsibility!” Now most of us wouldn’t really consider the anticipated content eye-opening (how many times have we heard this?), but I for one always find this topic interesting. I think it’s one of those things we NEED to hear positive and encouraging things about over and over again, because…well…our health is something we need to pay attention to over and over again.
The talk was presented by Mr. Todd Whitthorne, who heads up one of the divisions at the Cooper Institute here in Dallas. The Cooper Institute does pretty much everything that has to do with health and wellness-fitness, nutrition, education, research, etc. In fact, it is known worldwide for its clinical research studies and education.
In brief, it touched on the current trends in our country relating to increasing obesity, a lifestyle lacking in physical movement, and increasing deficiencies in Vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids. The entire discussion would fill pages, but essentially links have been established with numerous studies between the above and rising rates of heart disease, cancer (17 kinds!), diabetes, etc. In the dental realm, lack of Vitamin D and omega-3s have also been linked to periodontal disease.
If we consider how the quality of our lives is endangered in our later years, not to mention the cost of healthcare, our wellness is difficult to ignore (try as we might). This is not a scare tactic. It is a call to action and to making a better decision when we are at a crossroads in our daily life choices. It’s our health, our responsibility.