For those looking for health-focused gift ideas, go to our Gift Health page.

This page, Give Health is a call to action.

Keep Health’s 11th step in the Hierarchy of Needs for Increased Healthspan is social wellness, caring about the health of your friends, family and co-workers. When you’ve become a role model for good health, others see that change and cautiously express interest. You can support them. This has multiple benefits. When your social network is practicing healthy behaviors, it makes it easier for you to do the same. Studies show you receive health benefits from helping others.

Reaching out to your family, friends and colleagues about improving their health takes courage. Initially, it is uncomfortable. You may feel awkward. Public speaking is at the top of America’s list of fears and phobias. Encouraging others to improve their health is likely similar.

America is built on a spirit of independence where people make their own choices. We are all going to die at some point, so why bother trying to change how or how soon that happens for others? However, there is social acceptance to:

 

  • take the keys away from drunk people to prevent them from driving.
  • support public health campaigns to discourage smoking and vaping.
  • stop people from actions which cause obvious and near-term harm.

Are you ready to take on something more subtle, the slow decline in quality of life from behaviors which accelerate aging?  (i.e. missing out on regular high quality sleep, using antibiotic sanitizers, failing to stretch to stay flexible, avoiding good periodontal care…) Helping your social network understand why these are so important is critical to their health.

Fortunately, there are quick and simple actions which do not require public speaking or even directly speaking with our family members, friends and colleagues. Today, we rely on social media to spare us the awkwardness of being physically present. 🙂

So yes, we are asking you to use social media to share Keep.Health’s articles with your family, friends and colleagues. Consider it your gift to those you care about. Most importantly, also consider it a gift to yourself. In your advanced years with your increased healthspan and hopefully lifespan, you’ll want to continue having fun with your social network. For that to happen, encourage them to Keep Health, too.

Please take 15 minutes now to email and post on your favorite social network sites (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), encouraging your friends and to subscribe to Keep.Health.

Suggested example:

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Hi friends and family,

Give yourself a gift by subscribing to Keep.Health, a free bi-weekly newsletter which has helped me improve my own health this year.

Average lifespan in the United States is 79 years. Average healthspan, the number of healthy years in our lives, is merely 63. Let’s exceed those averages so we can share more healthy years together.

Keep.Health was founded for people who want to stay healthy, but have limited time to keep up with the most current health research. Most people think good health comes from proper diet and exercise. Keep.Health covers those topics and 16 Other Key Health Factors via quick weekly emails.

Check out https://keep.health and join me for many more healthy years!

<your name here>

 

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