Health & Wellbeing in a Nutshell
If you're too busy to follow all of the health news that's pumped out 24/7, let me spotlight two important pieces that affect your everyday wellbeing:
1) There’s more than one dimension of health. Wellbeing is a large synergistic cluster of health domains.
2) You are the center of the health model. Not a doctor, not an employer, not the soda industry marketing team.
A better path to wellbeing
How do we roll physical activity, community service, and social engagement into one fun-filled hour? Leave it to the St. Louis County Library, OASIS, the County Older Resident Program, and a team of volunteers to conduct a Walkability Audit, assessing county streets for pedestrian safety, particularly for older adults. On this day, we met at the Weber Road County library branch, and evaluated a 1 mile stretch of sidewalk,
Social engagement: I mean I went to lunch
Is physical wellbeing really the foundation for optimizing all other dimensions of health, such as emotional, social, intellectual, financial, and spiritual health? It may be. I mean, if basic physical needs aren’t being met, it’s difficult for us to focus on other aspects of health. Can’t relate? That’s probably a good thing, because it means you’ve never wanted for food or shelter. While we’d like to have our faith and purpose serve as the foundation
Cooking for One (or two)
It’s not often that I travel alone, but in the past few months, I’ve had several opportunities to do so. Not that I don’t appreciate my family and friend travels, it’s just that I discover changes in my psyche when I go it alone. To some women, it’s uncomfortable, to others, it’s routine, and for a few of us, it’s noteworthy from a life stage perspective. What I mean to say is, while I study social engagement in midlife women, I also get to experience it, which of course, influences my attitude and actions.
Cooking for one or two isn't always motivating. My kitchen is filled with large appliances from our Full House years, so roasting a cauldron of porridge means 1 of 3 things happen: 1. We eat the same thing all week. 2. I have to portion it out for freezing. 3. I throw it out by the weekend.