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Habits That Sabotage Good Family Health

Saturday, January 29, 2022

 

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It is safe to assume that every loving parent will love to raise a healthy family. According to the CDC, Americans now spend twice on healthcare as they used to, with employer-based insurance cover for families shooting above $20,000 a year as of 2019. That means the financial benefits of raising a healthy family are too significant to ignore. While most families will love to live as healthily as possible, some habits can sabotage this goal. So, if you’re planning to raise a healthy family this year, you might want to avoid the following habits.

Not going for regular health examinations

While there are loads you can do on your own to improve your health and that of your family, the last thing you want to do is ignore professional assistance. For many people, there’s absolutely no need to see healthcare professionals when they don’t feel there’s anything wrong with their bodies; but that is a huge mistake. A healthy family makes it a point to visit their healthcare providers regularly, so keep this in mind.

From doctors and dentists to clinical psychologists and other counselors, every health professional plays an essential role in promoting healthy life. Admittedly, it is almost impossible to visit every known healthcare specialist to examine specific areas of your body. However, taking your family for annual general health medical examinations should be the least goal. Regular checkups help identify potential health issues and offer quick remedies before they become a problem.

Ignoring health insurance cover

The stats show that as of 2020, about 28 million Americans did not have health insurance cover. And some research has shown that the uninsured usually tend to live sicker and die younger than those with insurance. That’s mostly because most uninsured people end up foregoing preventive healthcare and only seeking professional medical assistance at more advanced stages of their illness. And this, in turn, significantly reduces their chances of surviving those illnesses. Ensuring that your family gets the health insurance they need will help support any self-care efforts you’re already making at home.

However, that’s not all. Receiving prompt medical care is also crucial. Some people tend to procrastinate or ignore health symptoms even with insurance until they become serious. If booking appointments and waiting in line are your reasons for procrastinating a trip to the hospital, you can look for healthcare givers that offer more urgent care.

Living a sedentary lifestyle

While many families have been forced to spend more of their time at home, that should not be an excuse to encourage a sedentary lifestyle. It is easy to resort to playing video games, watching videos online, scrolling through several social media feeds, or watching movies to pass the hours. But a family that crouches behind the screen for too long will be doing their health a lot of damage. So, if you have your family at home most of the time, make it a point to exercise together or go out for regular walks.




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