Health is something that obviously is mentioned quite a lot, especially here at The Health Gazette. Although it is a word people hear frequently and even use regularly themselves, it is not well understood. As I occasionally point out, even health professionals with university qualifications have difficulty explaining what health actually is.

So I thought it would be a good idea to present a short series of posts here at The Gazette that explores the dimensions of health. By the end of the series we should have enough material to feed your thinking to the point where you can develop a sound and informed operational definition of health – one you can actually use.

It is my firm belief that people are more likely to engage in positive health behaviors if they actually understand what they are and how and why they support health. I am also a great believer in personal freedom and autonomy and I greatly value the individual’s right to make choices relating to health.

No matter what we do or say however, some people will simply not make any effort to change from unhealthy to healthy behaviors and they must accept the consequences. However, I am not happy about it when people reject health for two main reasons.

The first is that I am quite a caring person and I don’t like people to suffer, to be unwell or to miss the fuller enjoyment of life that greater health can offer. Life is just too short for that. Why waste it in quantity or quality?

The second is that it seems to be quite unfair and selfish of people to disregard their health and then expect me and others in society to go out of our way to help when they face the consequences. I certainly don’t like having to pay high taxes for "health" care (really illness care) because of their folly. Do you?

If most people enjoyed bountiful health because most people actually lived in a healthful way, people would grow up learning the healthy way to live. The facts of disease statistics and the observations of everyday life show that most people simply do not follow a particularly healthy lifestyle.

Well, as I noted above, plenty of people don’t really understand health. How then can they be expected to do the right things to ensure their wellbeing? Oviously this is a problem, so we’ll do what we can to address this in our short series exploring the dimensions of health.

We’ll consider this to be Part 1 of the series. We’ve really just briefly introduced the reason why I am running the series here, but that is enough for now. We’ll head into Part 2 on Monday. Untill then, be well.

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