In our modern society, we often only think about our health when we are already sick. However, it makes a lot more sense to prevent diseases and illnesses rather than trying to treat them. It is a well known saying in the medical community that the best treatment for any problem is prevention. In an effort to educate the public about the importance of prevention, the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health has launched a campaign called Healthy Monday.
By designating a day (Monday) every week for people to think about and focus on their own health and the health of their families, they hope to change the publics attitude about overall health. This campaign has been tailored for use in offices, faith-based groups, on campuses and in the community. By using weekly reminders, you have plenty of opportunities to get started on a healthier way of life. Whether you choose to take the stairs instead of the elevator, eat a salad instead of a hamburger or quit smoking, you can make significant but reasonable changes to your life and your health.
Healthy Mondays goals are simple, but powerful.
- Create Social Change By changing the way people think about their health, behavioral changes will be encouraged and reinforced on a weekly basis and beyond.
- Create Solidarity By focusing the publics attention on prevention, Healthy Monday involves people in their own health and supports scientific efforts to prevent diseases.
- Create Synergy By partnering with numerous organizations, Healthy Monday improves the dialogue between health agencies and creates a common local and national message about the importance of health and disease prevention.
- Based on Science By partnering with leading organizations in the scientific community, Healthy Monday provides accurate and up to date scientific information to back up their message.
So, how does this relate to colds and the flu? While Healthy Mondays focus is to decrease the number of chronic diseases (such as heart disease, smoking related illnesses, and alcoholism) that are killing Americans, this program can also help prevent common illnesses such as the cold and flu. People who are healthier have stronger immune systems and are less likely to suffer from colds and other minor illnesses. Prevention is the key to staying healthy, no matter what the cause. Be sure to visit the Healthy Monday website and see how you can get involved in this campaign.
From the Healthy Monday campaign: The Healthy Monday campaign provides a framework for the delivery of innovative, evidence-based health campaigns aimed at reducing morbidity and mortality associated with the four leading causes of preventable disease in the United States: poor diet & inactivity, smoking, and alcohol misuse. Healthy Monday centers on the use of Monday as the nationally recognized day dedicated to increasing health awareness, empowerment and action. People plan their lives around the week with Monday as the start. What if each and every Monday became the day to trigger and sustain health behavior? Then Monday would become The Day All Health Breaks Loose!