How Often Does One Plan for Health?


Jul 2014

How Often Does One Plan for Health?

Contributed by Laura R. Novakowski Why is our health always the last consideration? It seems that most often we plan vacations and parties. Next, we plan for schools, careers and retirement? However, studies too numerous to mention indicate that most people don’t proactively plan for health until they are struck by a disease. Now, consider this… Building a Well Workplace: Six Reasons Why Health Promotion Makes Good Business Sense Source: WELCOA – REASON #1: Although we spend more dollars on health care than any other industrialized nation, our citizens are not the worlds healthiest. REASON #2: Much of the illness in the US is directly preventable. REASON #3: Healthcare costs are an issue of significant concern. REASON #4: The work-site is an ideal setting to address health and well-being. REASON #5: Recent empirical research validates that health promotion programs can improve health, save money and even produce a return on investment. REASON #6: More and more companies are building world-class wellness programs.   Finding the Right Tools Finding the right resources, products and services now seem significantly more important. The right tools don’t have to be costly. In fact, the costs of them are significantly lower than the cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and medications. Here are the three most obvious tools: Medical Profession – Tradition health care is still an invaluable tool. Annual visits to a health professional are less costly than Emergency Room visits. Physicians, Nurses, Therapists, Dietitians are a resource that needs to be carefully selected and a positive relationship developed and nurtured to help overcome present and prevent future health issues Complementary & Alternative Health – According to National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, complementary and alternative medicines are “The array of health care approaches with a history of use or origins outside of mainstream medicine.” Focusing on symptom relief, complimentary and alternative…

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