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Americares President and CEO Michael J. Nyenhuis leads a health-focused relief and development organization that saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster.
Many New Year’s resolutions focus on health — typically our own. We commit to exercise programs, eating better, reducing screen time, annual check-ups and screenings, deeper friendships and more consistently attending social clubs and houses of worship. In many ways, January is self-improvement month.
That’s all great. Here’s hoping we all stick to our plans!
With those resolutions made, I’d like to propose a second set of resolutions also focused on health — but the health of others. Health is a team sport. For most people, improving health requires family and friends, the availability — and affordability — of healthy foods, a family physician, the resources of local health systems and much more.
In Mumbai, India, these students are learning about health and hygiene and are encouraged to share what they learn with their families — each one a young and eager health coach!
With that team approach to health in mind, here are three ways you and I — if you’ll join me — can help others this year:
Everyone wants a healthier future. Let’s commit to our own health this year and to helping others achieve good health as well.