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Personal health care reform doesn’t need to be expensive!

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Anyone else scared thinking of the costs of reforming the American health care system?  However personal health care reform doesn’t need to cost even a penny!  If we each do our own part, saving ourselves that one less trip to the doctor, we could actually decrease that tax bill for health care reform.  If we can become more environmentally conscious, why not become more health conscious?  One less heart attack, one less stroke , one less case of adult onset diabetes.  One less person and family affected by devastating health issues.  Let’s think globally, but in terms of our health! 

It doesn’t have to be expensive!  A daily walk, one less cigarette, one more hug, or “I love you” to those you care about. Saving that plate of food for tomorrow when you are not hungry anymore.  Drinking more water, a bike ride to the store, using stairs instead of the elevator. Anyone else have any health idea changes that are free? Post them in some comments!  YES! , along with being environmentally conscious, let’s also focus on being health conscious!

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5 Responses to Personal health care reform doesn’t need to be expensive!

  1. mbrighton January 6, 2010 at 17:01 #

    Eric, I think it is very true what the article says about teens, lack of sleep and depression. In adults also, we don’t get enough sleep or high quality sleep. I also think that teenagers, in general, have too many “stimulants” before sleeping, with texting, social networking chatting on the web, video games, television..right before sleeping!
    Also, teenagers are all in a period where they are growing, thus, needing more food intake and sleep. I don’t have teenagers yet, but I see it already in my almost 11 year old-she is sleeping and growing! As a parent it may be beneficial to “teach” our children (starting early) how to “calm down” before bedtime..including reading or just listening to music before the lights go out. Thanks for the comment.

  2. Eric January 6, 2010 at 01:00 #

    Hi Mary,

    On sleep – was wondering if you saw this from BBC the other day. Although it’s about children, I have a feeling a lot of what they uncovered in this study is probably true as well for adults. Love your blog and am glad you turned all that happened into something wonderful!

    C ya,


    Teen depression ‘linked to sleep’
    Going to bed earlier protects teenagers against depression and suicidal thoughts, New York research suggests.

    Of 15,500 12 to 18-year-olds studied, those who went to bed after midnight were 24% more likely to have depression than those who went before 2200.

    And those who slept fewer than five hours a night had a 71% higher risk of depression than those who slept eight hours, the journal Sleep reports.

    It is estimated 80,000 UK children and young people have depression.

    The researchers from Columbia University Medical Center in New York looked at data from 15,500 teenagers collected in the 1990s.

    One in 15 of those studied were found to have depression.

    “ Enough sleep, good food and regular exercise and all essential to stay emotionally healthy ”
    Sarah Brennan, YoungMinds
    As well as the higher risk of depression, those who were set a bedtime by their parents of after midnight were 20% more likely to think about suicide than those whose bedtime was 2200 or earlier.

    Those who had less than five hours sleep a night were thought to have a 48% higher risk of suicidal thoughts compared with those who had eight hours of sleep.

    Teenagers who reported they “usually get enough sleep” were 65% less likely to be depressed.

    Depression and suicidal thoughts were also more likely in girls, older teenagers and in those who had a lower self-perception of how much parents care about them.

    Most of the parents of the adolescents in the study set a bedtime of 2200 or earlier.

    A quarter set a bedtime of midnight or later.

    On average the teenagers were having seven hours and 53 minutes sleep a night – less than the nine hours recommended at that age.

    Study leader Dr James Gangwisch said although it it was possible that youngsters with depression struggle to sleep, the fact that parental set bedtimes were linked with depression suggests that a lack of sleep is somehow underpinning the development of the condition.

    He said a lack of sleep could affect emotional brain responses and lead to moodiness that hindered the ability to cope with daily stresses.

    This moodiness could affect judgment, concentration and impulse control.

    Regular exercise

    “Adequate quality sleep could therefore be a preventative measure against depression and a treatment for depression,” he added.

    Sarah Brennan, chief executive at the mental health charity YoungMinds, said: “Enough sleep, good food and regular exercise are all essential to stay emotionally healthy.

    “Nearly 80,000 children and young people suffer with depression, yet we are still failing to provide our young people with the help and support to cope with it and prevent it.

    “Providing parents with information about how to look after your body, for example by getting enough sleep, and how to get help if they are worried about their teenager, will ensure problems are tackled early and prevent serious mental health conditions such as depression.”

    Story from BBC NEWS:

    Published: 2010/01/02 00:00:02 GMT

    © BBC MMX

  3. mbrighton January 4, 2010 at 01:57 #

    The blog host feels so good these days that she needs a lot less sleep than before! Saying that, yes, sleep is very underestimated , especially for kids who need more than we think!

  4. Tammy January 4, 2010 at 00:41 #

    I completely agree…..there are little things that you can do. You don’t need the closest parking space to the store ( those seem to be the ones that get you all those dings and scratches on your car anyway)…..also, get enough sleep – your body needs to replenish. Our blog host could benefit from this one – though I know that she is trying. 🙂


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