HEALTH VS FITNESS IS IT THE SAME THING? GET THE FACTS
Health literacy has been defined as:“The ability to access, understand, evaluate and communicate information as a way to promote, maintain and improve health in a variety of settings across the life-course” (Rootman & Gordon-El-Bihbety, 2008, p. 11).
Lower health literacy leads to the ineffective use of services, poorer health due to lack of understanding of health problems and treatment, and increased frequency of hospitalization
As your health care advocate, it is important for me to take the lead in providing health information, Family Health and Literacy is emerging as a growing concern throughout the world, but of course with my 15 years of Nursing experience, this is becoming more evident than ever.
Many people keep interchanging the notion that fitness, wellness, and health mean the same thing. Contrary to popular belief, fitness does not imply health. We often consider the two to be synonymous; if we become fit, we become healthier. Actually, while fitness certainly contributes to a person’s overall health, it does not guarantee that that person will be healthy. In a perfect world, if fitness and wellness enthusiasts decided to give their clients the opportunity to be more knowledgeable about their real healthcare, my life would be a lot easier. In a perfect world everyone, I came across would eventually learn how to navigate this health care system, giving individuals the opportunity to the richness of knowledge. Until then I will continue to my mission for a community that receives the right information needed to be in total control of their health.
Fitness refers to a person’s ability to perform physical activity. This can be any physical activity from walking, running, lifting weights or simply playing a game of basketball. The common question patients ask me is WHY AM I IN THE HOSPITAL when all I do is go to the GYM? One can exercise regularly and be incredibly fit, yet he can still have problems with his heart, lungs, or other parts of his or her body that can keep them from being healthy.
As your health care advocate my goal is to make sure that you are health literate. Sounds fancy! but it is the one thing that causes our healthcare system to fail. The literacy of the individuals that use it.
When using a healthcare advocate, it increases your ability to understand your care; become just a knowledgeable as your health care provider. Somehow we have concluded that activity equaled being healthy, and inactivity equaled not being healthy. Unfortunately, this concept is not only false, it is dangerously misleading.
Let me give you a scenario: If you hurt your back at work and needed to be inactive due to injury, but was health literate and understood that your overall health would include regular visits to the right doctors, eating the right intake comparable to your inactivity would you say this person is healthy?
For instance, if a patient of mine tells me that they have neglected to eat properly, ignoring the fat and sugar content of food and hasn't made many efforts to be seen by a Doctor, all the exercise in the world couldn't possibly correct the damage done from such a lifestyle. Exercise can't replace the RIGHT medical information. Only sound knowledge can support good health. Our health is mainly the result of knowledge towards what it means as individuals to be healthy.
We make our future with what we do every day of our lives with the right knowledge, and the desire to see it through, you can certainly accomplish a great deal.
Health and fitness research is growing by day. For those who have access to the Internet, you can find loads of information in the area of health. If you have a web browser, you can use one of the search engines to isolate specific topics you are interested in. While on the net go to www.janursingservices.com learn more about fitness vs healthcare vs wellness We are living in the best era for achieving health and fitness literacy. By simply educating yourself, you provide yourself with the POWER to make significant changes in your health and life.
Great news, I can help you because I believe that knowledge is the best medicine.
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