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The greatest wealth is health

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- Health is such a valuable commodity in this day and age. It is something that is frequently overlooked or taken for granted until it is threatened. 

 

As a military community we commonly emphasize mental and physical health as it relates to physical performance and mission readiness. But exercise and mental health are only two aspects, albeit very important aspects, of overall healthfulness.

 

Some other things that contribute to overall health is water intake, nutrition, sunlight, sleep, outlook, environment and interpersonal relationships. For the next few weeks we will cover several of these topics.

 

Health is something that we cannot completely control, but we do have a say in it. We have all either personally experienced or experienced secondhand those who have suffered under various lifestyle diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and some variations of cancer. These are called “lifestyle diseases” because they are diseases that are largely dependent on the lifestyles we lead.

 

Health can either be our greatest champion or our most virulent enemy. We can decide which one it will be. Be sure to join us next week as we discuss health from the perspective of “outlook.”