Understanding health starts with you

This month is Family First Health’s Starts With Apples campaign.

It nicely coincides with October being Health Literacy Month.

You might say — in the words of my Alabama kin — “Do what?”

Understanding health information and using that information to make good decisions about your health is called health literacy — and according to the 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment conducted by the Healthy York County Coalition, it’s an area that both York and Adams counties are struggling in.

Our CEO Jenny Englerth wrote that in a letter to the editor for the York Daily Record/Sunday News.

Take a listen to our Community 106.1 spot on health literacy and we’ll come back to what we can do about it.

Here at Family First Health, we think this starts in the workplace. After all, the average person spends 90,000 hours at work in his or her lifetime. It doesn’t have to be a giant overall, you can start with baby steps.

  • Park a little farther away than usual.
  • Take the stairs not the elevator.
  • Set a timer to remind yourself to get up and walk around during the day.
  • Put an apple in your lunchbox.

An apple a day is the start to good health. The rest is up to you.

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