Staying Health - A personal responsibility
There are a couple of facts we can put forward to justify why we need to take charge of our own health: the experts can’t fix everything; healthcare systems are imperfect; affordability limitations; we deserve service satisfaction and we need to be enabled to explore all options and not to be dictated to (with regard to our health or medical care available options).
To sum up, you are the one who can make the biggest impact on your own health. To maintain or improve your health, you not only need to make good lifestyle choices - you need to get the best healthcare that meets your needs.
A couple of roles we can play in ensuring that we take charge of our health include: maintaining a healthy lifestyle (e.g. proper nutrition), become an informed healthcare consumer, and seek help when needed.
Diet and nutrition pose the greatest challenge with regards to food-health relationship, as this is the health determinant with the least research findings consensus among experts, the most misleading information from experts, literature and internet resources, and the most challenging for choice making for consumers, as the best way to achieve lifestyle changes is at individual or personal decision-making level. Such a scenario requires constant and continuous knowledge seeking in order for us to take charge of our own health. Check on previous posts, especially those under the labels "Taking Charge of Our Own Health." A lot more to come!!