Health in­volves good choices, not good luck

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Theresa Ole­sen

Just be­cause one is not sick does not mean they are in great health. Some­times it takes years for a per­son’s daily choices to ex­hibit the ef­fects of those choices. Obe­sity, heart dis­ease, di­a­betes, high blood pres­sure and many other ail­ments are all too com­mon th­ese days be­cause of what we choose to eat day af­ter day.

Some of us seem “lucky” enough to be able to eat what­ever we want and re­main thin. Yet even the “lucky” ones who don’t strug­gle with obe­sity see health is­sues start to ap­pear as they age. The ones who seem “un­lucky” strug­gle with obe­sity early on, in ad­di­tion to health is­sues as they age. But th­ese health con­di­tions have more to do with daily choices than luck or the ab­sence of good luck,

Health is a choice. De­cid­ing to be healthy needs to be a fun­da­men­tal choice - some­thing worth fight­ing for. We re­mem­ber and honor Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton each Fe­bru­ary. He made a fun­da­men­tal choice to seek free­dom. That choice car­ried him through the tough times un­til free­dom was won.

As we make a fun­da­men­tal choice to live a healthy life­style, we can en­vi­sion what our lives will be like as a vi­brant, healthy per­son; not just ex­ist­ing in the state of be­ing non-sick. As we vi­su­al­ize this healthy life­style, we begin to act in ways that sup­port this goal, and soon our daily healthy choices bring us to this state of op­ti­mal health. Our fun­da­men­tal choices (what we are will­ing to fight for) drive our pri­mary choices (our dreams) which help us cre­ate our sec­ondary choices (goals or daily ac­tion steps) which take us from our cur­rent re­al­ity (non-sick or even un­healthy) to where we want to be (a state of op­ti­mal health).

This topic, in­spired by Dr. Wayne An­der­sen’s book “Dr. A’s Habits of Health,” was one of the top­ics dis­cussed at the weekly Healthy Habits Sup­port Group, which is held at Macey’s in Span­ish Fork each Wed­nes­day at 6 p.m. Other top­ics for the month in­cluded ex­er­cise, build­ing healthy meals and the keys to suc­cess.

If you or a loved one is strug­gling with weight or weight-re­lated health is­sues, please share the in­for­ma­tion about this free sup­port group. Come join us as we sup­port each other on a jour­ney to op­ti­mal health.

For more in­for­ma­tion about this free sup­port group, con­tact Theresa Ole­sen (Cer­ti­fied Health Coach) at Good­byeFatFor­ever@gmail.com or by call­ing 801636-9605.

Team Utah Up­ris­ing was the win­ner of the first 3-vs.-3 Rookie Tour­na­ment held at All­stars Paint­ball in Amer­i­can Fork. Mem­bers of the team are Jeff Garcia, Wallys Vil­lar and Ser­gio AK Magic.

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