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How Healthy Are You? Part 3

(continued from Part 2) The Story of Ruth (see Part 2) suggested some new thoughts to me regarding the relationship between health and wellness, namely that: someone could be healthy and well at the same time—physically without disease and choosing to live optimally. Or . . . someone could be physically healthy but with a … Continue reading

How Healthy Are You? Part 2

(continued from Part 1) In Part 1 we looked at some fairly academic ideas related to health and wellness. Part 2 looks at what this means in the real world. The Story of Ruth I first met Ruth while I was making a regular visit to see an elderly friend in a nursing home. As … Continue reading

How Healthy Are You? Part 1

Many people conclude that if they are not sick, they must be healthy. However, health is much more than the absence of disease. It is a dynamic state of well-being encompassing more than just the physical. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “A state of well-being, physically, mentally, and socially.” The Oxford Concise … Continue reading

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June 2023


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