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Health is Personal

Posted on February 20, 2017 by Chrystal Hedges

Health is more than physical activity and nutrition. I know when you turn on the TV or open up a health magazine, it is usually something about healthy eating or great workouts you can fit into your day. The reality is, health is so much more than these two things. Don’t get me wrong, they are important, but our health is really complex with alot of information thrown at us that isn’t always accurate. It can be downright confusing and overwhelming. Health isn’t just about how many times we go to the gym, how many fruits and vegetables we eat, if we go to the doctor when we are sick, or even if we have a primary care doctor. Health is more than our habits and behaviors. Health is personal to each of us and we tend to hold it as such. But when it comes to making health decisions for ourselves, it seems they are the least personal decisions we make. Herein lies the underlying problem that results in failure 99% of the time when it comes to our own health goals. 

The health goals we set for ourselves can be elusive or almost impossible to achieve because they are usually based on what worked for another person or what someone else recommended we should do. This results in our health goals becoming impersonal and unrealistic for the life we live.   

Here is the missing link. I challenge you take a moment, pause and ask yourself, “What are some of the things that come to mind that I want for myself when I think about my health?” This isn’t a question that is meant to be answered quickly. Take some time and really think about it. Once you begin to discover the answers, then your health becomes personal and you are able to set goals that you can achieve for you and you only.

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Chrystal Hedges

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Chrystal Hedges received her Bachelor's of Science degree from St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, Oklahoma and received her Master's of Public Health in Health Promotion Sciences from OU Health Sciences Center. She has ten and a half years of experience working in the public health arena promoting and advocating for health and well-being in various capacities. Her current role as a well-being program coordinator is to provide state employees and their families with information and opportunities to learn, grow and enrich their lives for the better. Her passion and advocacy for health and well-being has led her to one of the most important roles in her life, serving as a foster and adoptive parent. Ms. Hedges has been a foster parent for 5 years and currently has two foster children and two adoptive children.