TAKE CHARGE OF ONE’S HEALTH
Every now and then, we are reminded of the primary importance of our health and wellness. Rapid changes in the environment confuse our body’s natural mechanism to heal itself. Myriads of lifestyles offered by commercial world through the powerful media cause complicated sickness and stress-related and work-related diseases. And so we are challenged:
“Your weekdays are committed to work…
Your weekends to family…
You spare time to friends or leisure…
Do you have time for your health?
Take charge of your health and wellness today.”
(Health and Wellness Center, St. Luke’s Medical Center.)
Last August 11, 2015, the CICM Metro-Manila district had a wonderful opportunity to listen to a lecture on health and wellness. The lecture was given by Dra. Angelica Lorenzo, Head of the Wellness Center of St. Luke’s Medical Center. She was assisted by Mrs. Suzylyn Pilapil-Mequi, Institute Account Specialist, Marketing and Business Development of St. Luke’s Medical Center. The lecture is part of the hospital’s Health Awareness Campaign (HACAMP).
Dra. Lorenzo jumpstarted by saying that ‘health is fundamental to everything we do.’ And she followed it up by saying ‘health is a state of wellbeing that you should proactively pursue!’ She introduced an activity in which she caught us all guilty of one ‘crime’: “Many wait until they are sick or disabled before attending to their health.” Then she went on to say, to make us more feel guilty, that “Most diseases are preventable. Early disease is usually detectable. Lifestyle changes are the most effective strategies!” And to make her point on lifestyle change clear, she flashed a message which reads: “It’s not that diabetes, heart disease and obesity run into your family. It’s that no one runs in your family.” So, do run for your health. She also highlighted the difference between real food (natural) and food-like foods (processed). And, in line with the teaching of Pope Francis in Laudato Si’, Dra. Angelica reminded her audience that “We are all part of a complex ecosystem: our health depends on the health of our environment.” This particular thought reminds us of our role as stewards of the environment, our home.
And lastly, she challenged us with the following question: “What is the best thing you can do to ___________________? And the answer is: Make yourself healthy and keep yourself well.
Take charge of your health now!
Bro. Jonel Dalimag, CICM is the current Rector of the CICM RP Provincial House, New Manila, Quezon City.