The goal for 2019 is “Own Your Health.” If there is anything worth embracing, it is this: taking better care of your health. We can change the course of our health by learning what negatively impacts or predisposes us to chronic preventable diseases and conditions. This includes everything from lifestyle choices to environmental hazards, family history and lack of access to quality healthcare. All are predictors of how well or unhealthy we will become.
In 2018 Our Health Matters™ celebrated its 13th anniversary. We covered topics ranging from understanding heart disease to sounding the alarm about the diabetes epidemic, memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. We shared the personal story of a kidney failure patient whose doctor caught the progression in time to delay dialysis, as she prepared for a kidney transplant. Her inspiring story of faith and inner strength was encouraging for people facing a life-altering health challenge.
As we move into 2019, Our Health Matters will continue to focus on pathways to a better life. That’s why owning your health is so important. Throughout the year look for stories on urgent care, children’s health and wellness, the opioid crisis, healthy lungs, and kindness — which benefits good health and strengthens communities.
I hope you’re excited about the year ahead. Let’s make 2019 the year to be better informed, more proactive and healthier.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!
Ruth Ramsey, Publisher and CEO