Have you noticed? Quietly, behind the noise of debate and uncertainty that surrounds healthcare in the U.S., there is a movement to make health and well-being something that each one of us owns. Instead of seeing health as the resolution or control of disease, and seeing healthcare professionals as human auto mechanics, fixing what broke or wore out, people everywhere are seeing a new path forward.

Healthy lifestyle management is one of the terms people use to describe this shift, this movement. And many see it as a key level of society’s growth and discernment – nothing less than a piece of progress on he road of civilization.

The Means of Awareness

In economic theory, the “means of production” were once seen as the keys to power. In the world of health and well-being, the beginning is awareness. Knowing our blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose levels, our family health histories, and how our unique body responds to nutrition and exercise, these are the “vital signs” of healthy lifestyle management. They are what responsible people keep an eye on to help head-off bad news before it takes shape.

Regular checkups are the actions we can take to begin maintaining an ongoing awareness of our own well-being. Not only do our checkups give us the information we’re looking for in our state of awareness, but they also are occasions for conferring with our personal physician.

The Selection of Allies

Selecting that personal physician may be one of the most important beginnings on the path of healthy lifestyle management. The right choice is frankly a rare breed. The course of medical history has taken us through a recent world where the emphasis was on specialties, concentrations of knowledge facets of life and the body.

For healthy lifestyle management, we need a physician who is vitally interested in the whole person, and a supporting practice that reflects that interest thoroughly. And “whole person” means not only the whole human body, but also the attitudes and behaviors that make up our approach to life. To give the help we need, such a physician must be interested in getting to know us more and more, to understanding more than our physical complaints and conditions.

The Acceptance of Our Role

People who embarked on healthy lifestyle management see their own role as more responsible than the old-fashioned model of “fix me.” Just as healthy lifestyle management calls for a physician and a practice that sees our well-being more comprehensively, our own point of view is also an essential element. Knowing that our own awareness, attitudes, and behaviors are critically important to a healthy life – and that we are the only people who can govern those factors day to day – this is the mindset that begins and sustains a healthy lifestyle.

The bonus of this way of living is that results are not the only payoff. Perhaps just as important is the fact that people find the process, day-to-day life itself, more enjoyable when they begin, adopt, and persist in the ways of healthy lifestyle management.

Why not schedule an appointment with us at Global Family Medicine to talk about the big picture – a life that is increasingly worth living because of the confidence and satisfaction you feel every day. Call us at 843-815-6468.