Improving Health in the Community through Training
Improved health and well-being of people in a community is an initiative which should be developed and supported by all members of the community if at all the objectives are to be realized. This calls for various stakeholders in the community to work together to achieve common goals of improved health. One of the best ways of achieving such objectives is through providing education and training in various health topics to the community.
Foremost, we need to realize that most human beings are ignorant, and many may fail to take the necessary initiatives concerning individual health until the last minute, when a condition in concern may be already fatal and managing it is almost impossible. The ignorance is mostly caused by human fear of incurring medical expenses, and that why communities should lobby for affordable medical care. Along with the care, there is also the need to provide various resources, which are beneficial in helping the community members make right decisions about their health.
One of the most ignored aspects of health among many people is the importance of exercise and fitness. Today, many people are engrossed with their various daily duties and they barely have any time left for fitness which is very unhealthy. There are many health conditions which are usually brought about by physical inactivity. They include heart diseases, especially those affecting the coronary artery, stroke, depression etc. Therefore it is paramount to educate the community on the importance of physical exercises.
The Risks of Physical Inactivity
Back in the 2000s, my son was a video game junkie. He would spend most of his free time playing video games with his online friends. No matter how hard I tried to discourage him, and even sometimes having the internet disconnected, I couldn’t get him away from his sedentary life. There was also a problem at home, there was so much junk food available and my son used to stuff him with enough junk food which would see him through his gaming sessions.
I wasn’t pleased by this kind of life. I knew that I had to do something about the whole situation. But there was a problem; any measure that I thought of often brought a rift between me and my son. He would get annoyed at me for days and would refuse talking to me, and finally I was the one who gave in to his demands. This always made me feel that I was a weak parenting.
To some extent, I always felt stressed up by everything about parenting – I always felt a loser. All my attempts to change things had been thwarted by his feeling of rejection. Sometimes I hated myself because he was the one who used to manipulate me while I was the parent.
By the time he was in his teens he had already quit his favorite hockey teams and instead spent more time indoors. I realized that I had to do something about the whole situation if at all I was to help him lead a healthy lifestyle. I didn’t have a clear plan to encourage him. However, I knew that one way that would induce him was to become a role model. I was the one to mentor him. But he wasn’t ready.
Encouraging Teenagers to Participate in Fitness Exercises
After much thought over a couple of weeks, I decided to approach the parents of his close friends for help. Unlike my son, theirs loved outdoor activities. I talked to my son’s friend’s parents about my situation and they sympathized with me. Since they we didn’t live far apart, we hatched a plan in which I would be going with their son for various physical and fitness activities.
For the next couple of weeks, I was with Kevin jogging, going to play baseball, taking nature walks & hiking during the weekends, attending community physical activity programs and sometimes going to watch soccer together. There were times that his dad too accompanied us in these activities. This must have got my son jealous with time. One day, after about 8 weeks, I arrived home to meet him fully dressed and ready to jog. He had gotten used to our exercising routine and knew the particular activity that I’d be participating in that day.
I was very glad and happy that at last he had gotten some sense. Since he wasn’t used to the fitness activities, it took time for him to adopt, but each day, he seemed to love whatever we were doing that day. It wasn’t long before he got used to exercising. To date, he always schedules time for exercising, and even when I’m busy, he goes out with Kevin to participate in various outdoor activities and physical fitness programs.