Are You Healthy Minded?

~Welcome to the musings of TheHealthMaven~

It’s a new economy and the era of health reform is rolling in right before our eyes.  I love what Peter Drucker had to say about change, “The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic.”  His words ring true when we think about the current and  future changes that are taking place in response to new legislation.  Consumers are becoming more engaged in their health and looking for authentic sources of information and quality care.  I’m not certain that we will ever get to the essence of all the debate surrounding healthcare, but, one thing is for certain…

We need to think differently about health… 

Healthy mindedness.  I had to stop and think on this one for a while, and even visited the dictionary to get an idea of the definition:

  • In good condition
  • Beneficial to health
  • Psychologically sound
  • Suggestive of good health
  • Functioning well

Functioning well? I think that we are on to something here. I have spent years trying to get into good condition and I am generally reminded of the need to exercise more and eat less whenever shopping for new clothes.

As the words imply, healthy mindedness is not just about shedding those pounds, it’s so much more. Life would be simple if looking great was the only criteria; do you know anyone who stumbled upon their health endgame?  Not me.  In fact, most conversations about health focus on the process of getting healthy, lifestyle and concern over the cost of care.  In that sense, consumers seem to be on common ground and looking for their own answers through social media. What role will social media play for consumers?

We are beginning to see providers and purchasers of health care services kick the wheels of social media.  Social media may have a pivotal role in consumer health – enabling communication, encouragement and disseminating information. What are your thoughts about healthy mindedness? What role can social media play in sparking personal behavior and lifestyle change?  I welcome your thoughts and comments because there is a great deal to say about both!


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