Why Give a Damn:

If you’re a start up and you don’t have a real, working application to help your employees nurture health first; before bringing clean water to a village, before providing food for the hungry, then you’re doing something wrong.

The author of this post, Ann Garvin is an author, speaker and professor of health, stress management, research methods and media literacy.

If health is not your top priority then you have your priorities wrong. Yup, I said it. Wrong. Sorry, but this is not a time for mincing words.

If health is not your top priority then you have your priorities wrong.  Tweet This Quote

If you’re a start up and you don’t have a real, working application to help your employees nurture health first; before bringing clean water to a village, before providing food for the hungry, then you’re doing something wrong. If you’re orienting staff, writing a mission statement, getting year end goals in line and you’re leaving health up to the individual, not making health a part of your start-up plan, well you’re doing it wrong.

Here’s how I know. I have the flu. Here’s the score: Flu 4 (days). Productivity 0 (days).

The flu is everywhere but not nearly as prevalent as heart disease. Heart Disease afflicts every other or every third person in the room. That means every third person in the room is sick, less productive and on their way to the hospital where productivity is zero.

Look around, look in the mirror. Is it you? Is it your favorite employee?

Prioritize health because if you don’t you ARE prioritizing sickness.  Tweet This Quote

Here’s how I know you don’t prioritize health. When your schedule gets busy you stop sleeping and exercising and start eating Twizzlers for dinner. You rely on Starbucks to get you through the day, you drink too much alcohol to relax and don’t even get me started on fast food. Once every few months, fine. Once a week, you’re on your own.

How can I be so sure? Because I have the same impulse to slash health behaviors because they are so freaking time consuming.

Here’s what I say to you and to me: “Tough.”

Prioritize health because if you don’t you ARE prioritizing sickness.

About the author

Ann Garvin

Ann Garvin

Ann is an author, speaker and educator. As professor of health, stress management, research methods and media literacy at University of Wisconsin Whitewater, she has worked extensively in psychometrics, statistics and psychology. Ann is the author of On Maggie’s Watch & The Dog Year (Berkley Penguin, 2014).

  • Hien

    I think this is so true! I feel like anyone who has struggled with illness or any type of health setback knows one searing truth that if you’re in pain, if you are unsettled in spirit and if your health fails, everything else drops away! As so does your chance to use your gifts and skills to make this world a better place!

  • dsukohardjo

    I agree with this article. Many people are obsessed with working they tend to neglect their body. I think maintaining our health is the most important priority because we can always find another work, but if our body fails there is no other body to find. If our health fails, our work will also fails so it is essential to keep our body healthy as early as possible

  • Calvin Theyer

    I think that this is the most common issue that most working people have been facing since long time ago. Many employees today work as hard as they can to earn more merit awards, and this is a very normal way of thinking. However, they do not realize that by working in ridiculous hours, they are sacrificing their health and I believe that if you are working beyond your limit you will have a smaller chance of doing an excellent work. It is important to keep our health in a good condition as it will have a positive impact on our productivity, as well as maintaining a healthy relationship with our loved ones.

  • Krystel Listyo

    This article is a good reminder for all of us especially hard-working people out there. Sometimes we got so caught up between our daily activities and the amount of workload that we have to finish on that day that we forget to maintain our health. And yes, I agree with Ann that we tend to rely on things that are actually unhealthy and unnatural to our body such as Starbucks for energy enhancement. You know Mahatma Gandhi also says that, “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” I totally agree with this saying, because once we got sick, all of our money would definitely go through paying the medicines and hospital (in which are not that cheap!). So it’s like a never-ending cycle if we are always putting ourselves in between health and wealth. I love this quote from the above’s article: “If health is not your top priority then you have your priorities wrong.” This is right on the spot. Many people prioritize wealth over health, and look what they get. They got sick, they paid tons of money to buy the medicine. But what if it’s incurable? Regret is what’s left. So, thank you, again for reminding us how important it is to stay healthy!

  • Mika Huang

    I really like the article. It points out how important to keep balance between work and life. Most people spend a lot of time on taking care of works but forget to take care themselves.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I was worried I was going to make people really mad with this post but when I don’t prioritize it, I regret it.

  • Krystel Listyo

    Don’t worry! Like I said, it’s a good reminder once in a while as to why we should pay attention to our health.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I’m glad you like this article. When do you forget to take care of yourself?

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    It’s a very American way of being, isn’t it? We push and push and think we will take care of ourselves later.

  • Danyang Wang

    This article really gets me to think of my personal life, and I totally agree with what has been said in this article. Health is always the first priority, and we cannot possibly do anything without being healthy. A lot of working people are trying so hard to balance out their life and work, and this is going to be a challenge for me as I am stepping out of college. But thanks for sharing this article and I will keep this in mind.

  • Amy Pham

    I totally agree with you in this article. I never knew how important my health was when I was younger. I used to abuse my health by not eating and sleeping properly. Until the point when I often got sick and experienced the physical pains from over abusing my body; I start realizing how important health is to me. From then on, I always try to balance my life and always have my health as my top priority.

  • Will Brown

    This is a solid article. I must ask though…working for a start up myself, i know that budgets are tight deadlines are strict and you eat what you kill in a metaphorical sense. What do you suggest as some cost-free and non-time consuming measures founders can take to protect their employees from the whims of airborne bacteria?

  • Matthew McDonald

    I know from prior experience that health is the number one priority in life. Without good health and vitality, you cannot achieve the goals that you want to have surpassed in your life. It just doesn’t work that way. You need energy to get things done, and without it, you will not be productive, and you will not get as far as you want to get. I first realized how important health was when I realized that my own health was not up to par. I was not able to do the things I wanted to do because I did not have the energy or vitality. Now, with full vitality, I can do what I want to in life. It is essential to have good health.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Matthew, I learned the hard way in college that’s for sure. So much to do, so little time … but there is always going to be stuff to do and health and life is finite. Thanks for your comments.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Ahhhh airborne viruses that make sick leave king. There isn’t much you can do with that on the air end–masks are ineffective when they get wet and they get wet right away. But, if people stay healthy, if the company allows adequate rest for employees people get less sick. Here are some options to keep your people healthy. Offer a room for 10-20 minute naps, encourage that kind of re-charge at least once a day. Put computers up on boxes or desks on blocks so people stand when they work, and get people to wash their hands. This is a great question Will and you just gave me my idea for my next blog.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Amy, me too! I never slept and I always got sick. I learned the hard way but it doesn’t matter as long as we learn. I learned and sounds like you did too. Fight the good fight Amy!! Bravo.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Danyang, I think I wrote this because I needed the reminder. I need the reminder as much as anyone. If you keep talking about it it helps you to remind yourself. Good luck to both of us.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Yes, dsukohardjo, I agree. The body is finite. My friend said to me once, money is a renewable resource and I realized she is right. That frees us to consider something more precious and that is health. Thanks for your comments!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I always say, you have to preserve what you have going for you and capitalize on that! Thanks for your comments Hien!

  • Khouri

    I agree that living an unhealthy lifestyle lowers one’s productivity. many people nowadays drink alcohol, eat comfort food,… in order to deal with stress in life. but before telling a person to stop what they are doing we should understand what are making them feel not good and stressed. As a person who believes in God, I believe every sin we do makes us feel more and more stress. therefore instead of trying to comfort yourself by drinking or eating, I believe we should be patient in our difficulty and know this life is a test from God, praying to god and asking forgiveness for whatever we do can also make us feel better.

    Its is better to treat and nourish the source of the problem which is the heart rather than concentrating on the body which is usually on the result of the heart’s ailment.

    Below is an article which I thought was interesting:

  • Sharon Lam

    Thank you, Ann, for such an inspirational article. This article seemed to be my wake up call to prioritize a healthy life. I strongly agree that having unhealthy life habits could decrease our productivities in works. I used to buy foods rather than cook my own meals. It was not because I was busy, but I used to think that cooking is time-consuming. As I grew older, I believe that it is important to have a healthy life.
    As read through the article, I suddenly remembered about these words: “you are what you eat”. It means that if we eat healthy, you will be healthy. And if we eat junk food, we will be fat.

  • Jeremy Demos

    I’m definitely guilty of taking the easy way out when I’m sick. As they say in sports, the best defense is a good offense. Keeping up with healthy behaviors and preventative behavior against catching the flu while your healthy is the key. The one good thing that I end up doing when I’m sick is drinking a lot more water. I bet if I kept drinking water like I was sick while I a healthy, I wouldn’t be getting sick as often.

  • Tyler Pierce

    Ann, everything from this article totally makes sense. It’s like taking a car and making the outside and inside very nice looking but not taking care of the engine so the car cannot run. Without a highly functional working body, you are going no where. Go it! Sometimes with the American way though with deadlines and expectations from bosses, I feel like health needs to take a backseat so that you can keep your job. With this being said, how long do you put your health, if at all on the back burner before you focus on it again?

  • Nathan Gillette

    I think your response of “tough” is perfect. I agree that it can be time consuming and sometimes expensive to be healthy so everyone finds excuses that they do not have time to work out or cook their own meals etc. It is always more convienient to choose the easier route rather than choose the more difficult route which in the end is more rewarding. How can we influence others around us to take there health more serious? I guess if we knew the answer we would be billionares!

  • hensella

    This article really hits home for me. Being a college coach it is easy to forget this. A lot of head coaches now are requiring his coaches to work out at least once a day. For the most part, it is easy for athletic coaches to require this, but I think other bosses could implement this. The results will be a much healthier working staff. Have you heard of any companies that require such a thing?

  • katrina brown

    “Tough” is the perfect word to tell yourself if you rather not put your health as first priority. A persons’ relationship with their body and health, is tough love. Everyone loves to be healthy and productive, but it takes hard work and dedication. If you do not want to toughen up then you will become weak and accomplish nothing. But what is the key to staying tough?

  • kkachel

    People who have physically demanding jobs know how important it is to stay healthy. A farmer who still milks 60 head of dairy cattle on his or her own knows that eating right and sleeping enough are vital to keeping the farm going. The exercise component takes care of itself because a small dairy farm is very labor intensive. There is no such thing as sick leave when you run a small farm, a restaurant, a small gift shop, or lawn care business.
    But “advanced” American society has so many workers sitting at desks or standing in almost the same position for hours on end. I have compromised my own health in recent years by not getting enough sleep, foregoing exercise, and eating junk food. Personal health must become my top priority not just during the summer months but during the school year as well.

  • Kyle moore

    Your body and health was the best and most important gift given to everyone for free. You can see people who are disabled who wish they had normal functioning legs such as myself and others do. Why is health and eating habits different? It’s not! So why not eat better even when you know it’s good for you? Cause it doesn’t taste good is what I get or too expensive. Well what makes me laugh and agree with you Ann is that hitting the middle 20’s for people will make them wish they listened to us back then about this.

  • Reece Raethke

    It is hard to keep up healthy habits when your schedule is full but this is the time you need to be most productive, and in order to be productive we need to be healthy. We need to remember that when we get busy is the most important time keep a healthy lifestyle!

  • Aaron Ackerman

    Reading articles like this one, really make you want to go a maybe put a little more time and effort to making the healthier decision. I have always believed that a strong mind and a strong body are linked together. I do not think you can have one or the other without the weaker one slowing you down from your true potential. Which is a reason why I believe a big part of Apple’s success is the facilities they have built that strongly encourage healthy lifestyles among their employees.

  • Robert Murdock

    I couldn’t agree with you more Arron in the belief that the mind and body are linked in everything you do. The fact that you bring up Apple’s success it makes me wonder why more companies don’t have similar outlooks on their employee’s health. Is it simply a matter of cost or the bottom line? It also makes me look at Kwik Trip where I am employeed currently and the fact that they have recently built a health facility in La Crosse for employees to go to for free. While this wouldn’t be economically for me to drive all the way to La Crosse it’s a step toward a healthier workforce. Looking around it’s a bit shocking how little companies do to help try and improve the health of their employee’s or if there will be a progressive change toward improving the health of the employee.

  • Travis Ricci

    This brings back a lot of memories especially when school gets really busy you start neglecting your health starting with sleep, then exercise, then food until your crashing any time your sitting in a chair. After seeing it happen a few times i can say I’m able to handle the situations a lot better knowing that i am getting to little of rest and that i need to eat more during the day and at proper times. Also when i don’t eat or sleep it effects my track at school so deeply for just one day of practice I’m slower weaker and have little to no energy to get done what needs to be done. Health is number one then everything else follows along easier.

  • Sharmaine A.

    This is true. You can not function in your daily life without being health. Being unhealthy alters most things that you want to do anyway, so being mindful is always a good thing. I have a son and my son always comes first. It got to a point where I started losing sleep, eating less, because I didn’t have time. At least that was my excuse. Then everything else just started falling apart, not just with my son, but with keeping up in school, remembering things, etc. I really had to check myself. Yes, my son, school, family, all that is the most important and it always will be. But I can not contribute to those things if my health isn’t in order.

  • Eric H

    This make a ton of sense. Health is everything and everything depends on health as the number one priority in life. When health starts to go bad, everything goes bad in life. People do not make priorities and stop exercising and eating healthy. Then before they know it, they stop sleeping and start getting sick more and getting headaches. At what point is being healthy enough? Are we considered unhealthy if we take one important aspect like eating healthy out of our life? Will the rest of the things crumble as well?

  • Justin Shelton

    I agree with this article one hundred percent. However, I feel that people need to realize that when they are to the point were they feel rushed or overwhelmed to meet a deadline, that is the most important time to continue their healthy habits. Continuing good, healthy habits will provide you with some needed energy. As stated in the article it may be difficult to maintain these good habits at stressful times, but that is something that I believe we just have to push through.

  • Kevin Semler

    This was good information to anyone or doesn’t have their priorities straight. My sister used to be this way and always had to eat whatever she wanted, didn’t care what she was eating or doing as long as it benefits her in the short term, but also she had to exercise every single day to “Stay fit”. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it is in the right priority with your health which comes first. My sister always got sick, this makes perfect sense as to why.

  • Ronny

    I had never really thought of having good health that way. for example if I’m sick when I’m older based on the decisions that I make now and I have a family how am I going to provide for them and care for them if I’m sick.

  • Sydney Sipos

    Well this is just a spoonful of tough love, but it’s certainly what we need to hear. Any suggestions for how to begin prioritizing health first? Is it an all-at-once mindset, or something we should ease into?

  • Brady Sexton

    I think people look for the easy way out when because of convenience. But, like your article points out having heart disease will never be convenient. Fortunately, making health a priority now can help ensure that fighting heart disease and other health problems are not “forced” upon you later in life.

  • Brooke Gregory

    This seems a little extreme to me. I get it, but I guess I don’t fully accept it because its coming off as “if you don’t eat healthy all the time you’re going to die”. As a 20 year old it’s hard for me to see the big deal in having a cheeseburger once a week. I know I should think about what I eat more now to save myself later but I don’t think that I am ready to face that harsh reality.

  • cateynavarro

    The fact that disease is such a big part of everyones life should scare everyone into taking better care of themselves. Reading that one out of two people will have heart disease is a terrifying statistic. Personally I have been making efforts to make better choices. Our bodies should be treated like a gift because in todays society it really is a blessing to have a healthy body. It is never to late to start.

  • hasselbemj31

    As a college student reading this article on heart disease was a total shocker! I had no idea that heart disease was so prevalent and it effected that many people. It is for sure a huge eye opener. I need to start prioritizing and eating healthier to protect my health because I am its worse enemy. I eat out way to much and I am not proud of it. I need to stop making excuses for myself, saying I have to much homework to cook, or being to lazy to make time in my schedule because eventually heart disease will make time in mine.

  • Hannah Leggett-Hintz

    I can see both sides of this article loudly and proudly yelling into my face as I stand here with a Crunchwrap from T-Bell in my hand. Yes, I have a grasp on how bad our health is overall throughout our country, through our state, and even just on my small Whitewater campus. Even though I don’t partake in many college health hurts such as drug usage and alcohol consumption, I know that I still accidentally advocate poor health. I get so busy with school, that sometimes I forget to even eat a meal. How strange it is to me that food can even become less of a priority to something as temporary as a class. Being up at seven in the morning everyday no matter what can take quite the toll on sleeping when you’re up until one or two every morning. Then being beyond busy from eight in the morning until nine at night. Running around like chicken with your head cut off just trying to get everything done that needs it. I feel like there almost is no choice at all-school demands to be done. Could you imagine the look I’d get if I went up to my professor twenty minutes late to class saying, ‘Oh hey sorry I’m late and my homework isn’t done, just had to sleep and eat, ya know?’ I’d probably be physically kicked out of my class. I know that college is no exception to being a super freak about health. That being said, if someone has some kind of magic formula to being a complete overachiever in school and orgs and THEN being an overachiever in your personal health too, I’d love to hear it.

  • Carly Konkol

    We talked about the prevelance of heart disease in Stress Management just yesterday. The commonality of it always shocks me everytime I hear it. A good friend of mine’s uncle, who happens to be a doctor, passed away from a sudden heart attack at age 55. It was really a reality check for me and makes me concerned about the well being of my parents and other loved ones. Eating healthy has always been something I do fairly well. Not saying I don’t love a Big Mac every once in awhile, but fruits and vegetables are always first priority at least twice a day. One thing I disagree with in this article is that being healthy ALL THE TIME is somewhat unhealthy. Life is short and if you don’t indulge in life, it seems to become a routine. I do partake in drinking and love to go out to the bars with my friends. As long as I keep it to 2 times or so a week, I don’t think I am an “unhealthy person.” Plus, I burn a lot of calories on the dance floor too. 🙂 I do love all of your articles so far. They are well written and I love your insight on health and life in general.

  • Aarynn Bosshart

    Kind of a harsh way to put it, but none-the-less, true. I think we’ve danced around the topic of health so much, that maybe it’s time to be tough. You are so right, if you don’t prioritize health, you are choosing to prioritize sickness. It drives me crazy when I overhear statements like the following: “Life is short, might as well eat what I want!” (Makes me think, “yep, your life is probably going to be short”) or “Everything causes cancer!” (As a result they decide to stop caring about prevention). Often times, I think people are almost ostracized for making a healthy decision as if by choosing a healthy food or healthy behavior they are thus judging all others who don’t chose it. In return they receive statements such as, “You would!” or “Why don’t you live a little?” Unhealthy behaviors are often more popular. Plus, health is such a personal subject that it can be tricky to inform someone of their irresponsible decisions. How do you propose we go about helping others prioritize health? As a future educator of health, that’s a question I struggle with. Can my passion and enthusiasm alone be enough to inspire others to change their behaviors?

  • karinaz10

    Suggestions please! I used to be extremely health conscious, but now as the article states, my priorities are all wrong. The paragraph starting with, “Here’s how I know you don’t prioritize health.”, explains my life to a tee. I become busy and then make excuses. Do I just not want it bad enough? How do I get reset my priorities?

  • Alex Prailes

    This couldn’t be more true, thank you for being blunt about it. I have seen this done too many times, especially in college. My roommate has pulled several sleepless nights and to help him the next day he relies on energy drinks and coffee. This to me is so crazy and unproductive. Maybe he gets the project or paper he stayed up to do finished, but the next day around dinner time he is fighting to stay away. Do you think more publicity to the topic would help change the mindset of people or are people too stuck on “it won’t happen to me” mindset?

  • thompsonjm99

    Thank you for writing this article. This seems to be common around college campuses because students rely too much on caffeine and other things to increase their energy and make up for their lack of sleep. This article could be an important lesson to anyone who reads it and relies on energy drinks. How can you create more awareness of this issue?

  • Natasha Tynczuk

    I agree with what is being said, but I also think that some people take it too far. My mom works at an elementary school and the amount of things the children are not allowed to do because it might harm their health in some way is ridiculous. For example, the kids can’t run on the playground at recess because they might fall and skin their knee, which apparently will kill them according to some of the parents of these kids. I agree that we should prioritize health, but we shouldn’t be scared of eating a cheeseburger every once in a while, either

  • Brad Vogel

    I agree with what is said in this article. Your health does not know the difference between a busy time in your life and the time when you can relax. However, one of the hardest realities to contend with is the fact that none of us got to choose the socioeconomic status we were born into. Some people don’t get to choose how much money they have to take care of themselves. Sometimes, that need to acquire the resources needed for not only our survival, but also our right and ability to live with some comfort. Many of us could live better lives than what we do if it wasn’t an issue but none of us made natural science what it is and sometimes that natural science of survival forces us to make unhealthy decisions.

  • CoachDavis24

    I completely agree with you. Wussification of America has become embarrassing. Can’t run on the playground…. Where can they run then? With the cheeseburger thing, she said that moderation is fine. Just not eating fast food once or more a week. Children eat just as healthy as their parents. I do not agree with Brads comment. I don’t think it’s the socioeconomical status that’s the problem. Money is not the biggest issue when it comes health. It’s being informed and making the right decisions. I will agree, if you don’t know how to eat healthy, it can be expensive. Student’s need to be taught health in a way that relates to them and that actually gets through to them. By doing that, we can slowly turn the tide on obesity and heart disease.

  • Abbey Stibbs

    Ann makes a really good point in this article. Prioritizing your health is extremely important, if not the most important thing that you should be thinking about. There are so many sick people out in the world, if they would make one simple change during their day, they could become healthier. I think this article is partiularly important for somebody my age, because being in your 20’s is the time where you want to go out and have fun, drink, eat out because you are too lazy to cook. If we simply make a few changes in our day, we could be on the track to a better and healthier life. If I get the chance to speak with Ann about this particular topic, I would ask her more questions on how I could maintain a healthier lifestyle being a college student.

    Thank you,
    Abbey Stibbs

  • HelpHealth002

    Thank you for writing this post Professor Garvin! I love the last comment about how if you aren’t prioritizing health, your prioritizing sickness. I never thought about it that way and I don’t think many people in the world do either, given our high obesity levels in American for example. I think everybody needs to read this article because it would be a helpful jump start to living a healthier life. What do you recommend people doing if they don’t know much about eating healthy? Where should they start? I’ve had a lot of health and nutrition courses that have made my more aware of what I eat and how I live, and I try to pass that information down to others but there’s still many more who are mindlessly eating the wrong things. A lot of people know what to do at the gym but as far as eating healthy, they are clueless.

  • Steffiheuer

    I would have never thought of health this way. Yes, I know that it is not good to eat out all the time and you need to exercise to keep in shape, but that is only thinking on a small scale. I know I am guilty of putting off sleep to try and finish a book or work that is due. Obviously this is not a good idea, but I never really think about this while I am doing work. I enjoy how honest your articles are and how down to earth they are. Thank you for your articles. This article gets to me because my grandpa died of heart disease. I know that he was very active and in the military, but died at a young age. He was just around 40 when he left us. I have been told other than being active he did not do much for himself. All he drank was Yoohoo and he did not sleep often. He was alone and did not like to leave the house much. I see how important sleep and taking care of yourself is very important, not just for the now, but also for your future.

  • Ananda Conlon

    I am the first to admit that once I get a lot of work pilled on, I don’t sleep enough, drink too much coffee, and live off of Jimmy Johns. I consider working out to be something that I do in my free time; I do not schedule it in. This needs to change. I am taking 18 credits, VP of my sorority, a tour guide, of the exec board of another org, and volunteer in the community. I need to keep a balance in my life and make sure that health is a main priority. Without good health, I am not able to achieve everything that I am obligated to do. Health is definitely something I take for granted. Typically when I have a lot of activities piling up, my body gets physically sick. This is the only thing that makes me stop and take care of myself. This article was a wake up call. I need to prioritize myself into my schedule.

  • Ryano313

    I believe that Americans as a whole are awful when it comes to putting their health first. One result of this is why Americans are starting to become more obese. As a whole we have just become so lazy and so we do not want to exercise or that could lead us to getting fast food instead of making a meal. No one likes to be sick, like having the flu, so why not do things that will make you more healthy and give you a less chance of getting sick.

  • jmpatridge

    Wow this has just opened my eyes to where my priorities aren’t. I always rely on starbucks in the morning, fast food for lunch and beers at night. But who’s to say what I do is wrong? This is the #americandream right?

  • knapprl17

    This article was a big wake up call for me. I am on the soccer team and I am taking 18 credits so my schedule is already packed with school in soccer and then I add in all the clubs, volunteer work, preparing myself to get into PT school, and having times to keep in touch with friends. Health has not been in the top priorities I have set for myself. This made me realize that every time I have ice cream for breakfast or stay up all night instead of sleeping makes it a lot harder for me to achieve all the things I need to do. I am definitely going to try to make health a priority in my life now.

  • Julie @ Inflammaging

    Interesting article, may I just add there is now no doubt that what’s called chronic
    inflammation is a central cause of (heart disease/diabetes/stroke) and there’s
    a free report on how to prevent it at http://www.nutrishield.com/inflammageing
    . It’s from a leading health scientist and worth reading.

  • Skowronssj06

    This article conflicts me a little because I agree with some things and disagree with other things. Yes, health should be a top priority in everyone life but it doesn’t mean if you eat unhealthy you will die of disease. For example, my priorities are my job that pays for my food and gym membership and my schooling that allows me to get a job that will pay for my food and gym membership. Those two things are a high priority in my life. I am someone who isn’t the most health conscious, I probably should be more but I don’t go crazy on the bad food, I make sure I work out and don’t a lot of eat fast food, but I will eat cheeseburgers and have those garbage fries every now and then. Yes, eating badly and drinking alcohol isn’t good for you but it doesn’t always lead to heart disease. I am going to call you out and say almost every article I have read you always bring up heart disease. Yes it is a serious thing and the odds of getting it are high but there are so many people who don’t get it. Also, I feel like the more health conscious people are and the ones who go very crazy over their health are the ones getting the most sick. Look at Steven Tyler, he has had drug problems, alcohol problems and he definitely was not thinking about his health AT ALL and he is 66 years old with no heart disease. I’m not saying health isn’t important because it is a big priority but don’t assume because you like pop and cheeseburgers you will end up with heart disease.

  • Sam Kuchenreuther

    Thank you Ann! I do agree with a lot of stuff in this article. I think this article is very important for college kids since we are under a lot more stress than were use to. So we need to be healthy in order to get our work done. However, as a college kid I can’t afford to buy the healthier food because it is more expensive. What would your advice to someone be if they wanted to buy the healthier food, but can’t afford it?

  • thomas kearney

    I like how straight forward your are with your interpretation of health. Health should be the most important topic but unfortunately in America it’s not that way for a lot of people. America has one of the highest obesity due to a lot of the facts that you mentioned above. People start to focus on their health when it’s almost too late. Thank you for mentioning how the decisions we make on a daily basis can have a very negative impact on us. My question for you is how do we educate people more to show them why health should be the most important thing in their life

  • Nicole Myers

    Thank you for writing this article. You do such a great job of getting your point across it is unreal. We are dealing with so many health issues it is crazy. This article would be such an eye opener to many. People need to take time for themselves and stay healthy! How do we fix the obesity in adults, let alone children? How do we explain to them that fast food is a terrible option every night of the week? SO many things that we need to change and need to educate others about! You are doing your part in writing these awesome blogs!

  • Jack Delabar

    Thanks, Ann. As we discussed in class, your body is the most important thing that you have. Without it, you are nothing and it is the most incredible machine known to man. Being truly healthy is extremely difficult for the lay person. Yeah, they might go to the gym every once in a while or eat a salad with dinner, but being TRULY healthy is getting to be more and more of a rarity. I completely agree that, especially when starting up, health can increase productivity on all levels, but why is it that it has never been mentioned in any of my jobs? I’ve worked in the concrete industry, one of the most physically tolling jobs around, and not a word has been said about health besides maybe a “drink lots of water” on those 100 degree days. Seems like someone should say SOMETHING, doesn’t it?

  • Jack Delabar

    Don’t buy it from Walmart and control your portions. Many of the products at Walmart advertise themselves a being healthy or “healthier” but 1 – they aren’t really “food” and 2 – if they have to advertise being healthy, they probably aren’t too healthy. I like the motto that is used in the book “In Defense of Food”, and that is “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants”. he uses the term “food” loosely because of what I just discussed.

  • Jessica White

    Ann this is a great topic to talk about for not only business owners but also for college students and teachers. It has been long day at work, all you really want to do is sit and watch TV for the next 3 hours before going bed…or you could go for a run or make a salad instead of pizza for dinner. The easy way out would be to sit and eat junk… then feel like junk later. Healthy living takes a lot of work that some people aren’t willing to do. Personally, this is a great reminder for me. Since school has started, my exercise routine and healthy habits went out the window. I’ve noticed that I’m not sleeping as well, can’t concentrate, and have even developed a stomach bug of some sort. I am the 1 out of the 3 people that you discussed. Time for me to straighten things out. I’ll be thankful for it in the end. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Mitch Sween

    Thanks for the post. I believe that you are promoting a problem with no solution. Just telling people that they need to be healthy isn’t enough. Making a life change to a healthier lifestyle is difficult for a lot of people and made harder when they aren’t given guidelines or encouragement.

  • Tracy_Werner

    Yikes, I never thought about health from this perspective before! I feel like I am very selective when I prioritize my health and healthy behaviors. Some days are more busy than others, which makes it more difficult to lead a healthy day/life. Many people have commented on this blog asking WHAT can we do and HOW should we prioritize health. To answer these, I would say people should make small changes just like you said in class. Get fast food once a week instead of every day for lunch; park further away at the store; take the stairs; buy healthy foods and pack a lunch the night before. All of these are small but simple changes that people can make to start making their health a priority. Thanks for this article! It definitely got me thinking.

  • Nathan

    Thanks for the article! This article really makes people think about their goals. If you have goals, and health isn’t near the top of your list, then you are promoting sickness. An example would be giving your business goals for productivity, but excluding some health goals. I do not understand how to actually convince people to make health a priority.

  • ReneeKirch19

    Thanks for sharing this article, it really made me think about my own priorities. It truly is amazing how many people do not make their own health one of their top priorities. It’s crazy how as human beings, we tend to take our health for granted and almost brush it off to the side as something we don’t have to think about. But our health is the most important thing, it’s what keeps us going on a daily basis. As a college student, I would admit that I often stay up too late, eat fast food because it’s fast, and drink with my friends because it’s fun and “we deserve it”. I never seem to put health first, but I am soon realizing that if I don’t, I will regret it. In what ways do you think that a message like this could be spread around a college campus? I think it is important for all young adults to make their health their number one priority.

  • danac501

    Thank you for writing this article. My mother has always stress being healthy all my life. I have had to watch my father my whole life deal with type 2 diabetes because he didn’t make health a first priority. In my teenage years I use to think she was annoying and I can eat what I want. Over the past couple of years it has been a big shock because everything unhealthy I put in my body makes me feel crummy for the next couple of days. I have tried to make this better by exercising 4 times a week and watching what I eat. But I will admit I am at the person when school gets too stressful I stop exercising because I feel like I don’t have the time. I agree people need to realize you only have body on this life on earth and you need to treat it right with healthy food and exercise or you will get sick!

  • Matthew Manley-Browne

    Thank you Dr. Garvin for this post. I feel that this could be very useful to college students on campus. Because everyone is so focused on getting their assignments done, they have less concern over their health. Since everyone is living in close quarters with one another its much easier for illnesses to spread. one question I have is how do you propose informing students about the importance of health when they are so busy with class and extra-curricular activities and social life in general.

  • earose14

    This is a very useful blog you have posted. It explains the life of a college students. Many dont put there health first and thats how they become ill. They choose to drink, eat fast food, and become lazy and not exercise because of being sick. If you thought about your health first less people would get sick. I am not sure if I believe in the last quote about prioritizing health and sickness. Some people may not but that doesnt mean their still not making the right health choices. Thanks for sharing with me!

  • Travis Mattice

    Thanks for the article Ann. This is a good article for someone looking at running or operating a business. Healthy employees equals more productivity. I think there are several things a company can do to try and keep their employees healthy. They could offer discounted memberships to local gyms. Maybe offer some kind of coupons for healthy foods at a local grocery store. Those are just two examples of what a business could do to keep employees healthy and in return they would get more productivity from them just like you stated in your post.

  • Camillewuensch

    Very good article! Makes me really think. I never really took a lot of time on my health, I always figured I’m young and can bounce back from anything life throws at me. Now realizing that if I don’t take care of myself I really hurt my body. Being healthy and watching how you take care of your body can improve your performance in school and at your job. This article makes me want to become more healthy not only will it do my body good but to help improve everything else in my life.

  • Kaylee Raucci

    Thank you Ann! Very good points. I do agree 100% with what you have to say. I know from experience that when I’m sick or tired or just un-motivated I do not do anything. I find other little unnecessary things to do, that somehow have more importance than my health and my schedule. But when I am not sick I do prioritize health. I get eight hours or more of sleep every night. I try to eat as healthy as I can, reading labels and counting calories. With that being said I am not sick often, but when I am I take full advantage of it. But sometimes it does get hard with my bus schedule of school, track practice, and work. So my question is when I do get sick and have no motivation, what are some quick ways to get back on my feet? Something to get me up and running?

  • SasCas116

    Thank you so much for this article Professor Garvin! Time and time again, you seem to inspire me with your effective words. I could totally relate to this article on so many levels; one of the levels being my family. I am the health freak in my family, straight up. I watch what I eat, I make sure to consume healthy things and I will purposefully make a separate dinner from my immediate family if I think it’s too unhealthy. When you mentioned that if you’re having fast food once every week, then you’re on your own? Well my family has fast food at least 3 times a week. They know the consequences because they liberally ask me. However their life is their own I suppose. One thing I would take away from this article and apply to myself is the very last quote, “prioritize your health because if you don’t you are prioritizing sickness.” If this is imprinted in my mind constantly, I’ll be sure to have stronger health.

  • SasCas116

    You are so right ReneeKirch19! I agree that health isn’t a top priority that their life won’t be lived to the total full. We could spready this news on a colllege campus by showing the future results of how life could get if you don’t act now. There are a lot of great films that do a good job of this. However, we can only reach so many ears in tune to hear about how to help their health.

  • SasCas116

    Wow Jessica no kidding? That’s so crazy that Ann’s article adjusted your routine back into shape. It’s even crazier about the side effects you get when you, in particular, stop exercising! When I stop exercising, I know that my health is in jeopardy one, and also I tend to have a really hard time focusing. I hope you feel better soon!

  • Sam Kuchenreuther

    Thank you, Ann! I love your articles. They are really simple to follow and you make health seem so simple. I agree with you that health is the most important thing in life. Just the other day I had a really bad illness and I was unable to go to my soccer practice. Something that I really wanted to go to. You need to be healthy if you want to achieve what you want in life. Making it the most important aspect of your life!

  • This article “speaks” the absolute truth! In this crazy world, where time means money and we have so much to worry about and get done with not enough time, I believe the majority of people (myself included) tend to neglect the most important thing in their life – themselves. It is impossible to live without your body, yet taking care of our health is not usually our top priority.
    I agree with you that we must prioritize our health, even though it can be extremely time-consuming. But it seems as though people will continue to choose the easy way out, and ignore the fact that while they may feel like they are in decent health now, their future health and their lives may be in jeopardy. But how can you encourage someone to actually take charge of their health and make a change when he/she chooses not to care?

  • Theresa Fitzsimmons

    I 100% agree with you on this. It is my fourth year here as a student at Whitewater, I am commuting for my senior year. My freshman year I lived in the dorms and couldn’t stand the lifestyle. It was too unhealthy for me. I hated the meal plans, really gross food and I didn’t enjoy sleeping in the prison cells that are supposed to be your bedroom. I also gained twenty pounds before Christmas break my freshman year. I was at home for only one week for Christmas break and I ate my moms food that she cooked and I lost fifteen pounds just from eating healthy again. I also had time to work out! My sophomore year and junior year I lived off campus with friends in an apartment. I still was unhealthy because everyone did grocery shopping together to save money, and my roomies didn’t enjoy kale salad and eggplant for dinner like I do. So we had to buy food that everyone agreed on eating. I’m moving out this coming summer with my sister and we will be able to eat healthy and workout together. Health is extremely important if you want to succeed with other things in life. I couldn’t agree with your blog more!

  • ReneeBinder

    I really enjoyed this article. This is something that I struggle with on a daily basis. When life gets busy eating healthy and working out are two of the last things on my priority list. When I think about it, this doesn’t make much sense due to the fact that if you aren’t healthy you won’t be able to get anything else done on your list. After taking stress management and nutrition this is something that I am trying to work on.

  • hmcavey

    This was such a kick in the butt reminder of just how crucial health is on an every day, every hour schedule. As a student and employee it can be difficult to find the time and effort to make a meal rather than eat out, or go for a run other than sleep on the ever-inviting couch.

  • Charles Fischer

    As I sit at my desk working on my 10th cup of coffee and eating cheese-its, its hard for me to not say your right. I am guilty as charged, what am I going to do, after this article I will get up go for a walk, and then plan on a healty lunch and dinner. I have to keep reminding myself, that all work and no relaxation will result in a sick me,

  • Catey Navarro

    I am in the same boat. I am starting to put things in perspective and realize that convince isn’t always the best and doing things because I think I deserve it aren’t actually a “prize”.

  • Chris Williams

    This article really gets me to think of my personal life, and I totally agree with what has been said in this article. Health is always the first priority, and we cannot possibly do anything without being healthy. A lot of working people are trying so hard to balance out their life and work, and this is going to be a challenge for me in the next year because I will be done with college and getting in to the work life. Thanks for sharing this article! I will always keep this in mind.

  • znazarzai1

    Everything you have written is so true! As much as I hate to admit it I often sacrifice my health to get the job done. However, once my health decides to “fail” on me, I realize that there’s nothing I can do. The score you put up for the Flu and Productivity are a comedic (yet accurate) way to look at things. If we overwork ourselves so much to the point that we are physically ill, we lose valuable time that we could have used to move our work forward. Slowly,but surely we can get everything done, but we do have to make sure we are focusing on our selves and our health (physical, mental, emotional, and social).

  • Kent Miehe

    Thank you for sharing your opinion on this topic! It’s so easy to fall into unhealthy habits due to stress and time constraints. I agree that some people don’t see it as that big of a deal, but I think they need to start seeing it as very important. If they don’t start now, things can bundle up and have negative effects in a hurry. What can people do to recognize and get over those bad habits?

  • Kyree Brooks

    I feel this is an important article to interpret because many people do not value their bodies. It takes time to evaluate and go through with a plan to keep yourself healthy. I believe in the saying “you are what you eat” because exactly what your are putting in will soon be the production. People with the common flu get it, then they remain vulnerable to get it again because of their habits. The question I have is, what ways can we make health behaviors less complicated and faster to interpret? Thanks Ann.

  • Glassborow

    I agree with this article completely, there’s nothing wrong with having a pizza, or alcohol or a burger as long as its in moderation and you don’t make it a habit. What you put into your body will show eventually and it will also show in your ability to fight of illnesses. Health is important and unfortunately overlooked by the majority. What advice could you give to people to help address bad habits e.g. healthier substitutes.

  • shackletka05

    I think this article makes many great points! The more you do not pay attention to your health the more your productivity level goes down. I have been an athlete my whole life and I could see through workouts when I lacked sleep or proper meals throughout the day. As I get older, my health is something I make a priority and pay more attention to.

  • Steven Bichler

    There are so many good points in this article. Nobody really likes being sick so why don’t we prioritize being healthy. Yes I realize you will never go your whole life without being sick, but why not try to go as long as possible without being sick. Instead of constantly “sucking it up” take precautions to stay healthy and you will be more productive then just “sucking it up” and then getting sick.

  • d_millyy

    LOVE this article! If you want a successful business then you need strong, healthy, dedicated employees. Dedication is a personality trait, but strength and health, those are controllable and changeable. All businesses should want to take care of their employees and promote health for so many different reasons! The key thing to learn is that the mind and body work together, so if you have a healthy body and are taking care of yourself, in return you can have a healthy mind. That means happier people, stronger brainstorming, and an all around healthier, competitive staff. What types of businesses do you think need health programs the most? Why?

  • Catey Navarro

    I have the same questions and find myself sitting here still with no answers! Honestly the change needs to start with individuals but it would help in the governement would step in and realize the fast food industry is taking over. Industries are to money hungry that they know conveinince over rides health and they are capitalizing on it, all the time!

  • I believe in making health a priority. Although it is increasingly hard to prepare my meals for the week ahead of time like I used to, I still tend to make healthier choices. I don’t drink, smoke participate in risky behavior or indulge in junk food often. Once in a while yes, to keep my sanity. It is, however, very frustrating watching others that I care about eat and drink themselves into an early grave. My mother has diabetes. And although she has been diagnosed and goes through counselling, it is like talking to a brick wall….with ear plugs. Maybe I should share this and have them read this article.

  • JeremyWahl

    Good points! I agree with we have to make health a priority because it is true that when you are not healthy, your productivity level drops dramatically. the more precautions to stay healthy as long as possible will make you sick less often, and might even help you get rid of your sickness faster. As i get older, i realize how sleep effects my next day whether im rested or tired the rest of the day.

  • B Keng

    Great article! I am a super health freak and I don’t touch the “bad” foods unless they really draw me in, potato chips in general. I have a great friend who is also a health freak, and we stop each other from going the unhealthy route and stay on the healthy path instead. Its tough, it really is, but we bash each other until everything that we do is good for our health. This article is helping me becoming even more healthier.

  • LeiderGM20

    I make myself go to sleep every night at a reasonable time. Even though I have 100 other things I need to get done, I know if I dont sleep, I’ll be too tired and lazy to do anything the next day! Loved this article

  • Alise Brown

    Definitely agree your health should be number one! If you are unable/unwilling to care for yourself how do you expect to care for others or give your best effort in things. If you’re not healthy you’re not able to perform at your best.

  • Andrew Bliefernicht

    This article hit home. Recently I’ve become severely stressed and put to breaking points on a lot of assignments in school and requirements outside of school. My sleep has gone down hill and although I haven’t taken to fast food, I’ve taken to simple microwavable meals that aren’t good for me. I know I need to change and prioritize and first on my list will be sleep because I know that is the cornerstone and the start of the upswing and everything will follow.

  • Adam

    Completely agree with this comment. Health is everything! You need to be able to take care of your health in the short and long term. A healthier person will be able to perform better and longer than one who neglects a healthy lifestyle.

  • sauerm29

    I think our society underestimates how detrimental it can be when healthy living is ignored. Dr. Garvin’s comment about, once every few months being understandable, but once a week being unreasonable, really put things into perspective for me. I would have assumed that once a week is the norm, and maybe it is, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s unhealthy.

  • Leahrebout

    I started out becoming a health and human performance major because I liked sports but now being almost done with it the biggest thing I’m taking from it is that health is the most important thing you have. Everybody needs to make health their top priority because without it they won’t be living the life they currently are used to and want. Hopefully this message is widely received soon so that shocking heart disease statistic can decrease.

  • Hillary12

    I think this article really puts into perspective how people think about health. Unfortunately most people, myself included, do prioritize other things before health in order to save time. It’s so silly when you really think about it. My worst weeks of the year for being guilty of this are probably the weeks of finals. These are the weeks that I could use my health the most and I just throw it aside. Generally the next week after finals I end up being at home sick. I drain myself that week so much that I can’t recover. If companies allow this sort of thing to happen they’ll have crashed employees every time something big happens. Making a change to this could make a huge difference for start-ups, college kids, and partents.

  • Slepicka12

    I think this article is great! yes some people put other things before their health but that doesnt mean that its not important to them. this topic is the main reason that i am a health promotions minor. i want to help teach people about the wrongs and rights of health.

  • Slepicka12

    this is exactly why i am a health promotion minor. Health to me is #1 take care of yourself before you take care of other stuff

  • Schudakp21

    This was an awesome article. It makes so much sense but not everyone thinks about it. Health is such an important thing in a persons life. How can you do anything if you don’t feel good. If im not feeling well i sleep for at least 10 hours a night. That right there is 2 hours at least im losing to my sickness. I can’t even imagine how unproductive i would be if i had some preventable chronic illness like heart disease that made me miss all of my work and had to go into the doctor a couple times a month.

  • Taylor Schulz

    Same with me. I think it is important for people to know how they actually should be keeping themselves healthy rather than what they think is healthy.

  • Garrett Nelson

    Excellent article, thanks for sharing Ann! You hit it spot on! As much of a pain it can be to prioritize health, the pain can grow worse if you don’t prioritize. What is worth more, making yourself feel healthy and well on a consistent basis, or doing whatever it is you please with no thought behind your health but then suffering with disease later on in life? You have full control over your own body and what you decide to put into it, which is one thing many people don’t understand or accept. A question I have is, why do you think that is? Why is it that people don’t believe they have no control over their health and well-being?

  • Miggz13

    Thank you Ann,

    You are completely right health should be prioritize first, because we need our strength to walk, workout, and have fun. If we lose our health to sickness then we lose the strength to help others and to eat believe it or not. We as individuals should always keep health in mind.

  • Miggz13

    That would be awful to imagine if we have a chronic illness. We are but many that can still be consider healthy to those who do suffer a chronic illness though. There has only been one time that I have missed school for 3 days from being food poison I could not imagine if I had a chronic illness where i would basically be living in a hospital bed.

  • Miggz13

    Agreed their are many people who do not know that health is very important in our daily lives. I have a friend that works 3rd shift that would go home stay up for a few hours then pass out for most of their day. My friend would miss 2 meals, because he is sleeping. I keep on telling him that he should not stay up when he goes home, but he believes its a healthier to eat less. That he would be able to lose the weight he wants. So he sleeps longer than normal people.

  • Miggz13

    Being young only last for so long. I believed that I can bounce back from anything life throws at me as well. But it does get hard to get back in the same routine in health. I use to run every morning before classes back when I was a freshmen. Now I do not run, because I am busy with homework or work. What I do is I manage my time and fit in workouts throughout my week. With positive thinking anything is possible to accomplish our healthy goals we want to reach.

  • Kaylie Mae Kuhnke

    agree 100% i always put my health at the end of my priority list and look at me im sick again third time this semester and right around finals time. like you said it saves time when you short cut healthy eating because i dont have time. making a change is hard but i think it could make a huge difference in my semester. next semester i am really going to try to include healthy eating and exercise in my daily schedule.

  • Miggz13

    I agree with you but it usually depends on management. The place I work for do not really care for my health and my co-workers health. To be honest with you it is a terrible place to work at. My job does not give their employees the option to move around free. We the employees will just stand in one spot for several hours. While we see our manager and leads just walk and talk.

  • Miggz13

    It does become hard for college students put their health first. It could be that they choose to live unhealthy, but I believe that sometime some college students do not have the choice to eat healthy. Later in life it does get harder for us find and prioritize. When life changes to be harder, change yourself to be stronger.

  • Miggz13

    I feel that if we know someone that is not physically active or healthy. We could encourage them to live healthier. As an example exercise, and eat healthy with a friend to help them or yourself to get through the hard parts in being healthy. It is a long journey be healthy I would know, in the end it will be worth it. Results do show it just takes some time to see them.

  • Miggz13

    Your right health is everything, if we help our selves from being healthy we can help other to become healthy as well. Being healthy won’t just help us perform better, but well become more active and attentive when it comes to exercise and work.

  • Miggz13

    Sleep is everything if we do not get the rest we need, we wont have the energy to stay awake or basically do anything we want to do. I have seen many students sleep in class, sometimes I see many students not come to class after a night at the bars. I understand that we are young and we should live like their is no tomorrow, but that is the wrong way to live. Students should be more aware of their health other than, just going to the bars on a thursday night after being stressed out from school. We should just take our stress out on working out instead of spending money on drinks.

  • Miggz13

    Well said everyone should take their age to an account we are getting older and if we do not setup our healthy right. We might regret it when we get older. By the time we hit our 30’s we would probably want to focus on being healthier, when we as students could of started it a while ago.

  • Miggz13

    I understand where you are coming from but there is always time to make a healthy meal we as students need to organize our time. There is no harm in going for a small walk to at least release some stress in our lives.

  • Schudakp21

    Thats why it is so important to make sure you take care of yourself. The author in another article states a statistic that says that about one person dies from heart disease every 39 seconds. Im sure most of them have taken a lot of time off from work to get checkups and tests at the doctors. If they took some time everyday to make sure they a being healthy i know that statistic would be far less staggering.

  • Tom Ashmus

    I totally agree, some people just do not do health properly. And that isn’t even the worst part of it, the worst part is that they actually think that their being healthy. People are just so uneducated that they believe anything the media will tell them is healthy, such as pizza can be considered a serving of vegtibles.

  • Tom Ashmus

    I agree, I think that health should be a number one priority. I don’t think people should make it their number one priority, I think it should be their number one priority. All the time, no matter what. All other things should come secondary to health.

  • Slepicka12

    Yes eating properly is one great way to stay healthy. But not eating enough is not good.

  • Caleb Franklin

    Thanks for this article and you actually touched on this as your final point in class the other day. The great majority of people don’t prioritize health even if they think they do. The quote “Prioritize health because if you aren’t then you ARE prioritizing sickness” is one that will definitely stick with me, and I think it is a great tool to convince others with.

  • Caleb Franklin

    Tom you are totally right as always. If I had a dollar for every time I had a friend get a large coke/fry at mcdonalds then justify it by getting a caesar salad, I’d be able to pay my college tuition.

  • Ryano313

    I would go as far as 3 out of 4 people do not eat properly. And we see that as obesity rates still rise in todays world. It is sad, but true and we need to spread a system or something that will help people start to eat more healthy

  • Luke Drumel

    Health is the absolute number one priority in my book no doubt in my mind. Just like you said if your ill you can’t even been to start being productive since your body isn’t meant to run on e. People have to want health as bad as they want their college degree or a job or their significant other, if there is no desire for health then your stuck being unproductive till your healthily again.

  • hicksjd11

    Everything in our lives revolves around our health. It’s important to put our own health before all else. Of course it’s much easier to grab fast food or lose sleep because you’re doing homework instead. Health is the number one priority.

  • hicksjd11

    This quote also stood out to me. I think many people believe that just because they aren’t doing things to promote health in their lives that they aren’t necessarily promoting an “unhealthy” lifestyle. However, this is not true. By not prioritizing health, you are prioritizing sickness.

  • hicksjd11

    Good point. It’s sad how influenced people become by what the media and marketers tell them is healthy.

  • Austin Dorman

    Like you always say, healthy is a lifestyle! Too many people put exercise and nutrition too low on their priorities list. I try to live healthy by always being active, no matter what the exercise I just try to keep moving. And I also focus a lot on nutrition. Ann you have taught me so much about nutrition! It’s amazing how oblivious I was. Thank you for all you have taught me! I’m trying my best to pass this new knowledge onto other people as much as i can. And without sounding too annoying obviously.

  • Evan Hibbs

    Ann, thank you for the article. You bring up a great point that our bodies are so important but yet many of us are too busy (an excuse) to take care of them. We don’t have time to sit and enjoy a meal because we’re too busy. I think you make the reader very aware of the seriousness of the article by bringing up the potential health concerns of living the lifestyle where your body isn’t your #1 priority. Are there any bad habits you had to kick to live a healthier lifestyle when you were younger? Thank you for the article.

  • Evan Hibbs

    I agree Garrett! It’s really interesting. I’ve had experiences where I was very tired and just ate whatever food I wanted because I needed to eat. When this occurs I feel like the mind and the body have a weird relationship because if if you know the food you’re eating is unhealthy the body still craves that food. It takes a lot of self-control to be a healthy eater.

  • orvisbj27

    I think private business can take a hint from a surprising place, the military. You ask well every soldier needs to be physically fit because of the job they perform. Well did you know the majority of jobs in the military performed does not involve stomping through a swamp carrying hundreds of pounds of equipment? One example of a very inactive job is a sitting at a cubicle digging through endless piles of paperwork only leaving the desk to use the restroom for 8-12 hours, 5-7 days per week…sound familiar? Well the military recognizes this and need of physical activity to stay healthy in turn keeping healthcare costs low and production up. These employees are often required to sign-in at the gym or other physical activity at least three times per week, or their job is literally at risk along with their health.

  • hirthjp18

    Good point Tom. I feel like some people just aren’t aware and don’t understand the idea of a proper diet. Our society is to blame for that and we leave it to the individual to realize what healthy eating is. That doesn’t always work out for the best because sometimes they need a little guidance.

  • Eric H

    Thanks for the great article. People put little to no emphasis on health when they are busy. They think they are productive and efficient because they are working so hard, but the reality is, their health is deteriorating. When people are sick they get nothing accomplished. Just imagine if the world was much healthier. There would be so many new inventions and ideas circulating through the world.

  • Eric H

    I agree with this. Thanks for the post. People put their jobs and other outside work way in front of their own health and wellness. They do not understand that their bodies are breaking down and are now open to disease. People are dying across the country because of heart disease. These are important people that bring their own ideas and perspectives on things and they are being wasted away.

  • Dannielle Wagner

    I think that we all have tons of excuses as to why we arent doing the things we are suppose to, to support our bodies health. I’m usually pretty frank with myself when I get derailed from my healthy diet. I fully know and am aware that I am making bad choices, but sometimes I can’t help but to give in to horrible food for me. I love food, I love bad food…and I have recently fallen off the diet wagon for a few weeks. It doesnt feel good to eat this way, but I think so many of us want instant gratification…I know that that is what I want when I eat like crap. Im so an emotional eater! but I know this will always be a struggle for me and I always go back to the health train after i am derailed.

  • Dannielle Wagner

    I think that there are some things that are out of ones control…that they may need help with…that they cant do on their own. There are people that have disorders like bulimia, anorexia, and over-eating…where its a mental thing…being a person that has struggled with some of these disorders in my life…I can say that my relationship with food has never been a good one and it will be a constant battle for me….i hate food and i love food and I am finally learning how to eat right, but it will always be a work in progress for me.

  • Alyssa Schragen

    I am 100% at fault for being the kind of person that want’s instant gratification. I often can accept failure and can accept when things don’t go my way. But when it comes to my health whether it being a sickness, a diet, or looking fit… I am very impatient and want results right there and right now. I too have found myself trailing off the healthy ban wagon. When I stick to it, the end result was so worth the wait. It’s just getting myself on that track and staying there.

  • Alyssa Schragen

    That is so much easier said than done. I am not saying that people don’t make excuses, God knows I am guilty for that. For someone like me who is on the bigger side, it is hard to stay on that healthy track when it take so long to see results. I have been athletic all my life, and overall I am a healthy person but I am at an unhealthy weight for my age and height. I have accepted being the size that I am, but that doesn’t mean I just eat whatever I want. I stay active, I take my vitamins, and I drink my gallon of water each day, but when it comes to eating the right foods all the time. I am the first to admit that I am not the best at making the right food choice. Health is a priority, however so is my self confidence and I feel great about me.

  • Alyssa Schragen

    Another big influence of what we eat is our peers. If you are on a diet and you see your friends or family are eating unhealthy it is hard to want to turn it down. Other people’s carelessness to eating unhealthy is a bad habit to assure yourself that it is okay for you to do the same. I am guilty for that, but I can say my peers are more of an influence to me than the media.

  • Alyssa Schragen

    You are exactly right Danielle. Not everyone has the choice to feel a certain way about what it is they are eating. I too have dealt with food disorders both personally and with other loved ones. What you stomach wants and what your brain wants to eat are two completely different things when you have a disorder. Even for those who don’t have an eating disorder but have other mental disorders such as anxiety, bi-polar, and depression deal with symptoms of over eating or not eating enough. Regardless if someone has a disorder or not, eating healthy is a challenge and nobody should be judged on it.

  • Dannielle Wagner

    Thanks for having my back on this topic….its a sensitive one that a lot of people don’t take into consideration when preaching about the necessity of health, maybe healthy choice for some people are eating more that one meal a day or maybe its deciding not to binge and purge that day….every person has struggles and sometimes its just not that easy to make the “healthy choice”…mental health is more of a factor than we tend to think.

  • Dannielle Wagner

    That’s always the struggle for me too….once Im on track it’s all groovy but after I have gone astray…it tends to be all down hill from there. Then it seems impossible to get back on it. It doesn’t help that my significant other isn’t a healthy eater either! It makes cooking for both of us 10 times harder.

  • Austin Dorman

    Couldn’t agree more! When you work yourself to the bone, you are opening yourself up to disease and bad healthy. People don’t seem to understand that they only have one body and they need to take care of it because they don’t get another one when this one breaks down.

  • Hillary12

    I always feel like I make an effort to put my health first and then it just gets put on the back burner once I start classes and life gets busy again. I wish it were easier to to eat healthy and I wish I had more time to get to the gym everyday. If I’m ever rich my first purchase will be a home gym and my second will be a personal chef!

  • Nicole Myers

    I have noticed this in myself. If I ate unhealthy or did not get enough sleep the night before i totally was running on E!

  • Nicole Myers

    There are so many ads and commercials making fast food look so glamorous that people are going to naturally want to eat that over some broccoli cooks from home. How we tell Americans a better way to be healthy is to stop eating fast good and start eating your veggiesl

  • Kelly Martin

    I love the honesty that this article provides. It is somewhat of a mother giving their child tough love. You are absolutely right, and yes everyone gives excuses and many people become burnt out and starts losing all care for their health. Thanks for writing this article!

  • Ryano313

    You bring up a good point with the advertising. I think that fast food advertising should be changed in some way or at least not advertised as much. They would never advertise good food that is better for the people because they care about making money

  • byrnesbk24

    It is always a treat reading something from you. Funny and honest, straight to the point with a matter of fact attitude. Love it. I use to work in a fitness center which was part of a corporate office. The fitness center was free and a benefit to the employees. Which I thought “wow what a great idea”, give these employees a free spot to work out, to get healthy, so that they aren’t out sick and missing work. The problem; a company of 70,000 employees and only about 3,000 were using the fitness center. You cant force people to work out that’s for sure. I feel like sometimes when your getting a free membership you don’t take advantage of it but if you pay a monthly due then you kind of think to yourself “man, I don’t want to waste this money I better get to the gym”. This is not always the case but I’ve seen it happen time and time again. Has anyone else witnessed or done this themselves?

  • Abby2017

    I like the phrase ” If health is not your top priority, then you have your priorities wrong.” It is important to be healthy and stay fit. It will help you be much more mobile in the future when we are becoming elderly. I hear the flu spreading around way more and hear about having the flu way more than people having heart disease. I thought that it was interesting how 1/3 people can have heart disease. People need to be more health aware and wash their hands and exercise. It is gross how I see some people just leave the bathroom and not wash their hands, or they tell me they don’t like to work out. I understand that, but they could go on a small walk or something. Or even if it’s shopping or something they would still be out and moving.

  • DuchAM21

    Unfortunately, I can completely relate to eating Twizzlers after a long day of class and work, because the last thing I want to do is come home and cook a meal, and spend even more time cleaning up. Too many individuals are getting diseases and illnesses from poor health, and many times it is curable. This blog makes a great point, that having access to healthcare is far more important that creating a mission statement, because after all, without a healthy body, we are useless.

  • leeana liska

    I found the first line of this article to be a strong and powerful concept that many American’s are not grasping. In a society where people are able to eat without getting out of a car, and only having to get off of the couch to get the pizza from the front door, it is easy to set health aside after a long day of work. This blog makes an awesome point about productivity and how there are so many hours in a day. But, if everyone sets aside just half hour to a half hour everyday to focus on health by making a good meal or getting extra sleep, the number of sick days with zero productivity will be reduced.

  • AndreaOlsen22

    Like I commented before on your other health article, our body is the most important thing we have because it is what allows us to do things, so of course good health should be our number one goal. Being healthy includes numerous issues whether it’s what you eat, how much sleep you get, how much you exercise and etc. I strongly believe that success strives from being healthy. Getting good sleep every night nourishes the brain and body allowing one to be productive most hours of the next day. What we put into our system is the fuel we run off of. Would you like to run off a greasy burger and fries every day? Getting a good workout in is a great feeling and motivates you to accomplish your other tasks within your day. To keep disease and illness away, a healthy lifestyle is the way to go.


    As a future health promotion professional, this is such a refreshing read. I think it truly puts into perspective how horribly out of whack America’s priorities are. Although worksite wellness is an increasing trend, it blows my mind how many companies (and even Americans in general) still aren’t “buying” into and prioritizing health. This is a fast-paced world we live in. We’re always looking for solutions to increase production while simultaneously decreasing the time we spend producing. But I think the ultimate question here needs to be: At what cost? Sure, we might produce the newest and best form of technology or the coolest looking car, but if we look at the big picture here, what are we really achieving? I am in no way trying to downplay some amazing accomplishments throughout history, but what do we really get out of the “rat race” that is our life? If you ask me, my answer is that if what we’re doing doesn’t prioritize health, all we’re getting is a one way ticket to heaven (or hell haha). And the date to cash that baby in only comes sooner and sooner. The technology, the cars, all of the fluff that makes our lives “easier” is really only making us obese. The statistics don’t lie. And all of those “things,” they’re all temporary. It’s only a matter a time before the reeeeal next best thing comes out and society pushes us to buy into it, and vicious cycle repeats itself. So why do we do that but we can’t manage to buy into our own health? Why do college students bitch about the cost of fresh produce but then blow three times as much on any given weekend at the bars? Why do we treat our health like it’s just that temporary, throw away gadget that we got last Christmas? Because the scariest thing is that our health IS temporary when we treat it like it is. But unlike the electric can opener gathering dust in my drawer of other useless kitchen gadgets (can we really not manage to rotate our wrists anymore, America?), there’s no available upgrade. Ever. It’s only downhill if we don’t prioritize our health and invest our money into whole foods, rather than useless toys. Because personally I’d rather have a broken old toy than broken bones and clogged arteries.

  • Emily Krueger

    I agree with the article. Thank you for sharing the facts about health. My favorite part is about how some people do not priorities their health due to being busy. But results into being too busy this mean they fall into the trap of eating unhealthy food on the go also drinking too much alchol to cope with their stressful as well

  • Alexa A Dralle

    This article is so true, and so important. In a country where people rely on convince, it is so much more likely for them to put their nutrition on hold in order to complete their hectic daily tasks. Chances are that the people don’t even think twice about it, especially because convenient and unhealthy food is what is advertised so heavily through the media. Think about the last time you saw a commercial for Wendy’s, McDonalds, or Hardee’s- probably today. Now think about the last time you saw a commercial for a salad- PROBABLY NEVER. Sickness is on the rise, and people need to change their unhealthy habits and like Ann would say-“Don’t eat like an American!”

  • caroleighp

    Especially sleep! It drives me absolutely insane when people think it is okay to stay up an extra few hours to make up for the time they lost binge watching Breaking Bad on Netflix. There is only so much time in a day and humans try to use up every minute so it can be hard to get enough sleep. It is so important though. By losing sleep you are setting yourself up to be less productive and to not feel as well the next day.

  • Sarah Kasiurak

    I agree with you completely. People need to learn how to prioritize their time more wisely in order to stay healthy. It’s a shame how our society has made things so easy to give us more time to be productive but giving themselves excuses and become more lazy. I also think people should make time in their day to exercise, thirty minutes really isn’t taking that much time out of their day.

  • Julia

    College students have such a difficult time finding time to eat, exercise, to do school work, and get enough sleep. It is only the third week of the semester and I already feel like I’m struggling to stay afloat. I always find an excuse that I’m too tired or something else, but later on, I find myself watching the King of Queens. College students can take the time to do everything, but they just need to learn how to manage their time wisely so they don’t struggle to handle everything that needs to be done.

  • Jessica Peardon

    It’s true that we prioritize the wrong things. Also, we are very selfish people. We always ask what we get in return or how it will benefit us. That is the wrong attitude to have in life. If you need someone wouldn’t you want them to help you out of the bottom of their heart? We are also selfish with our bodies. If we exercise and eat right, we expect to see results. In reality you will feel the results before you see them.

  • gaulrappkj17

    I totally agree with this. It is so hard as a college student number one to take care of your body when you are surrounded by unhealthy behaviors that ultimately if you do not take charge, turn into habits. But, think, you are in charge of your own body, and you need to take that to heart. I find it helpful as a college student, from the first day of classes, plan out your whole week. Plan when you are working out, plan when you are to go to bed and get up, and stick to it. Also, I think it is so important to get up at the same time everyday as well as go to bed at the same time everyday; even on the weekends.

  • Kendra Larson

    I completely agree. Through the busy schedule of a full time college student, it can be extremely hard to prioritize health. Last year I learned the hard way about not putting my health first. Right after last semesters finals, I got the flu for a whole three days! I could not keep any food down, and my body ached for days. All I did was lay in bed for those three days and did absolutely nothing! My body just completely broke down. I am pretty sure that getting sick was my body telling me that I needed to slow down, and that I needed to start taking care of my body again. After that horrible experience, I told myself that I was going to make a change and start sleeping more, eating healthier, and making sure I get my exercise in for the day. Health is so important and if we do not take care of our bodies, they start to break down. This is the only body that you are ever going to get, so you need to take care of it. Thank you for sharing this article Ann!

  • BastarKm06

    Agreed. Its hard balancing school, work, sports, relationships and everything else, let alone worry about health. But, being in the major I am in school has really opened my eyes to how important my health is for me, and I want to help others to get to live a healthy lifestyle.

  • Sara Fuller

    Eating the right foods through out the day is definitely a huge challenge for me. I have a very busy schedule with school, homework, and sports. Then I have to squeezing eating in there somewhere and I don’t want it to be twizzlers anymore. So lately I’ve been trying to plan my meals out for the day. I seems to be working fairly well. I’ve been eating a lot more veggies and fruits and not as much ramen. Even though I really like the ramen…

  • FalkinerRR23

    I think everyone can relate to this article, especially college students. We, as college students, think we are invincible to everything and we think that one night of partying or binge watching netflix isn’t going to hurt us. It may not hurt us right then and there but it slowly but surely deteriorates our health, whether we notice it or not. We need to manage our time better so we can be able to do everything we want to do in a healthy manner. Make a schedule and stick to that schedule.

  • Garrett Nelson

    I agree, this can be a huge problem for college students, but to play devils advocate, if you are not having fun in college and doing the things you enjoy doing, wouldn’t that be unhealthy as well? If you are forcing yourself to act perfectly healthy but you are not enjoying life or happy with the way you are living, then isn’t that just as unhealthy? Not that you should binge and sit around all day, but I think for a segment of your life (AKA: college) I think it is allowable to go out and have fun, even if it means you might wake up with a hangover or whatever it might be. The trick is to not make it a habit later down the road. Moderation, balance, and realizing you are making unhealthy decisions is key to actually developing a healthy lifestyle. Thanks for sharing!

  • Garrett Nelson

    This past summer I lived in Brazil for 2 months and wow, I could not believe how fit so many people were there. So many people exercising, eating right, staying active, and not smoking thousands of cigarettes, which has contributed to their great health. When I was there, I noticed there was one McDonalds in an area where there would be about 5 or 6 of them here in the States, which made me think, well if they don’t have that available to them then of course it makes the decision easier not to participate in fast food eating. If it is inconvenient or expensive (which it was) then it helps contribute to better health for the entire country. I just thought it was interesting, because this is one huge setback we have here in the States to help decrease obesity. I think you hit the nail right on the head by saying balancing is key. One of the most important aspects of healthy living. Thanks for sharing!

  • struckml03

    I love the quote you have saying “if health is not your top priority than you have your priorities wrong.” Without making health your top priority you lack full potentional. You cant get through life without being healthy. Health comes first, then once your healthy, you can make time for your other activities, etc. You have to want it, you have to make it a top priority! Heart Disease is so scary and something that everyone knows is a number one killer but not something take full action on. Its almost as if they think it will not happen to them, or they believe it wont happen for awhile so in there eyes, they have time. My dad had a triple bi-bass surgery when he was in his low 30’s. He is better now, but it is something so scary. My mom has recently been compaining about chest pains. I look at people in my family and statistics just show that 1 in 2 or 1 in 3 people get heart disease. Its so important to work out, eat healthy, get enough sleep, etc. Things that just take care of your body. Eating bad once a month is a good way to look at it. It may seem impossible but start out small and set goals for yourself.

  • milleram97

    I would agree with a lot of what Ann said.
    Health is a big concern in this country, and with our mentality’s of constant go-go-go it is much easier to get sick because the body can become fatigued very quickly if you don’t take care of it.
    Tell me what kind of person wants to roll out of bed to get to an 8am class when you’re tired, or get up at 530 for a CNA job that will have your body in aches for the rest of the weekend.
    Coming from a college student, these are not the kinds of things I look forward to.
    On the side of healthy eating, that can be a bit hard also.
    Bringing healthy items along with you can lead to a heavy, full bag and one or more annoyed classmates because you’re chewing too loudly.
    Furthermore, prepping and cooking real food can be a hassle because it takes time out of studying and just simple relaxing. Not to mention that it can go bad and many times be more expensive.
    But…if you’re looking out for your health now AND for later in life, is it really more money?
    Even in light of exercise, it gets your heart beating faster, leading you to sweat out junk and strengthen your muscles in the process, helping your organs to also work better.

    Going back to the need for health in light of sickness, isn’t the stimulating energy you get from eating something or doing something athletic worth it?

  • Colin HIckey

    A college student with no time should make sure that they plan out their day. I bet that at some point in your day, there is time for play. If you truly are dedicated to your health, make some of that play time to work out. This is just my opinion and you can disagree with it, but I do like the rest of your comment. I think that the people that focus too much on being healthy are the ones that get the sickest. I know that eating healthy isn’t for everyone but if you change one habit a week in your diet, you will be healthier. This includes when in the workplace. People aren’t going to change over night. Small suggestions and healthy options can slowly lead to healthier choices.

  • barema28

    Twizzlers for dinner and Starbucks as a source of energy is becoming way too common. In our society we stress doing all of these different things, and being so involved or else we can’t be successful that we forget to be successful with our own health, which should be the absolute most important of things to be successful. We all just keep such busy lives that we really do forget to eat, sleep, and exercise which are three of the most important things that we need. In order to be successful we need to stay healthy, so why do we put health on the back burner and just focus on getting as much work done as we can?

  • Taysia Justus

    We live in such a busy society that I think it’s tough for American’s to get the nutrients that they need. Fast food is cheap and easily accessible. After all, why would I waste the time to walk into a store and buy some lettuce, veggies and chicken breast; take that home and spend 30 minutes preparing it when I can drive through McDonald’s and have a “salad” in 3 minutes tops. I say “salad” sarcastically because oftne times these salads are said to contain more calories than some burgers on the menu. With this being said, taking time out of our busy day to prioritize health is pretty rough.

  • Kyle Gettelman

    This article is short, simple and to the point. Everything here is something that not only business owners need to see, but also those who have any command seat within’ an organization. They need to look more at the simplicity of how this can run. You can easily set up an initial, simple, plan that will help inspire your employees and get them the quick facts to deter them from the fast food joint, or see what they can gain by cooking their snacks at home before bed. I know its difficult to handle life at some points when you are struggling to maintain a open schedule, for me I have to balance school full time, managing a small car wash full time, Army reserves and everything that is incorporated with those. I find that it works best if I cook while doing homework. Or right before I go to bed. That is just an example how we can find a way, people just DONT WANT TO. Maybe within this article we can provide some more simple steps or strategies to increase time management for having healthy foods/snacks.

  • Kyle Gettelman

    Your response was most intriguing to me. Really made me think about an aspect that has not come across my mind before. If health is the backbone for our performance to work and be productive, then why do we put it on the back burner? Is our country at a whole, more dependent on the hospital/health care system that we just assume “if something happens we will be taken care of!”??? This is a deteriorating thought process and belief system. We never will get ahead if we keep the mindset of “its okay to get sick” and not start taking more preventative measures.

  • Kayla Martin

    I agree I think employees need to talk with employers about being more healthy. If someone eats healthy then they will have more energy throughout the day! Which in turn leads to them being more productive throughout the day. If it is hard to cook healthy everyday, you need to cook over the weekend freeze the meals and then heat them up later. It is the easiest way for you to eat healthy during the week. Why wouldn’t you want to make your life easier?

  • Kyle Gettelman

    Exactly. That is what we want everyday anyways, right? To get faster, cheaper, easier ways for all our daily routines. So if we have to change our patterns up a little bit, then lets do what we have to. Make it easier for us and be the healthier option. Now for that option, it works well and makes sense. In the sense of working out and having time for that, that is more difficult and takes more finite precision to come with a positive, working plan.

  • Kayla Martin

    I feel like if most people realized how much eating healthier and working out helped them to feel better and have more energy I think they would do it. People just need to be educated and learn that things that are a little more difficult to do can be the best option for them in the long run.

  • Kyle Gettelman

    So the question is, where do we start? Do we start with education with students? What age is appropriate to start initiating this information? Kids are not worried about that stuff until later on, as they just want to play. And the 2nd question would be, how do we educate these individuals, especially the men and women whom have families and work, where there time is probably limited? One thing to take into consideration is the fact that we need to focus on the community overall, not just specific few

  • Kayla Martin

    Well it definitely needs to be focused on kids. They are the future if you start telling them in kinder-garden about how fruits are better then candy and veggies are always better then chips. You need to give them the basics if they hear it from a teacher then maybe they will be able to go back and tell their parents. I know when I was a kid whatever my teacher said was like a golden rule. As for the adults that I think needs to be done through the work place. If an employer wants their employees to be the best and most productive they are going to want them to eat healthy so they have the energy to get through the work day without being so tired. Just some thoughts to get the information out.

  • jaglerjn22

    I wish it were that easy to prioritize health. But with the busy schedules of college students and with everything that is going on in our life, I feel that it is almost inevitable. Yeah I can make better decisions…but I feel that I can’t avoid getting sick. I work at the UWW Children’s Center…and when one kid is sick, it’s going to go through the whole classroom and eventually to the teachers. I can take as many preventative measures and still end up with a cold, the flu, pink eye, etc. It’s tough to go about my day knowing that it’s easy for me to get sick. I know that I can take other measures to prevent myself from getting sick…taking vitamins and making sure that I get enough of those and whatnot, but sometimes it just doesn’t always work. I can try all I can to prioritize health…but in the end I’ll still most likely get sick.
    I feel that even though I have a lot on my plate, I am still able to balance my studies, various jobs, and social life. I know what I need to do to be as healthy as I can…but this article is a nice reminder to what I need to do to make the most of my life.

  • jaglerjn22

    I agree that things that go along with health definitely need to be emphasized at the youngest age possible. However, I think that there is a point where this message of health needs to get across to adults…because ultimately the parents of these children are what make most of the decisions regarding nutrition. I think that the parents/adults lack knowledge or honestly just disregard the healthy/right choices and go right to the cheap and easy choices. This makes the difference in kids! Because diseases, specifically heart disease is something that is easily inherited and more common for children to develop especially being placed in the same environment as their affected parents/adult figures.
    I agree that there should be some responsibility placed on the employers to provide their employees with the proper information about their health. The employers are investing in their employees and providing them with the information to better their health and productivity will only help the business in the future!

  • Kyle Gettelman

    Another question I raise is….what about this scenario, but instead of kids/teachers and adults/employers, what about kids and parents at home? Its easy to inform kids about how to eat right, and for kids to go home and tell their parents, but kids do not understand financial issues, budgets, etc….I completely agree with the fact that those separate scenarios should be stressed highly to help them for themselves, but what about when you throw into the equation when they are at home, not near this information and more available to negative imagery/audio and are possibly working on a tight budget to maintain their lives, without going under?

  • Kayla Martin

    Well I have learned in my class that most people on tight budgets end up spending money on things that they really don’t need to be spending on. For example they could have 3 kids in elementary school and they all have cell phones. You have to have priorities don’t spend all of your money on bad food. There should be a nutritionists and someone who can help with the budget come in and talk with parents and kids. Maybe like a parent teacher type thing but with a speaker. Send the kids to learn something more kid friendly and parents get the budgeting side?

  • Kayla Martin

    I agree parents definitely need a kick in the right direction. Letting the kids know is one thing to hopefully get them going in the right direction but if the parents don’t enforce it or buy the right food there is no way that kids will be able to do it. How to get information to the parents is probably the hardest part, because most parents think they know what is best they have gone through school. People don’t understand their lifestyle. It is sad that parents stand in the way of their children being healthy

  • amykahl8

    A lot of companies have figured out that if they have a gym available and nutritionists, then there employees miss less work and the company can spend less on health care for their employees. It’s a win-win. This is exactly what America needs, but not just at work, in schools too! Like more time for physical activity and more health classes.

  • hansends21

    I loved reading this article, Ann Garvin is my professor and as I read this article I can hear these words coming out of her mouth! She feels very strongly about this topic, and she lets us know it! I find this to be very great, she often puts us in our place on how we think we should be living our lives, versus how we should. The main point that I find to be most important is that without our bodies, any dream we have for the future means nothing. We could have huge goals, but if we don’t take care of ourselves, we will never get to achieve those goals, because we will have nothing to get us there.

  • MattDennert

    To many people think they can beat the system and not get enough sleep and not eat right and then they get mad when there body can’t take it anymore and gets sick. You need to take care of your body in order for it to take care of you!

  • spitfireneil

    I agree with you! Taking care of your body is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and being able to get more productive work done.

  • Kyle Gettelman

    This was fantastic to read, and great to know that everyone is commenting and saying what they think, but I am going to play devil’s advocate here, and disagree with you all (even though I don’t) and then say that our society is to blame. With a media outrage of negative images/thoughts on unhealthy foods….like McDonalds spreading their commercials about getting FREE FOOD possibly by just saying I love you to someone…or giving them a hug. How much times do folks have to research everything that they need nutritionally before going out and purchasing it. The local Wal-Mart grocery section, has a negative ratio (of food) at roughly 10:1, that is only my speculation, not actual numbers either (it wont be much better, but could be worse). Can we have the Drug and Food Admin places labels on each food item that makes it easier to understand? Or force employers to give classes on proper food label reading all together, and have somebody who is qualified to go there and spectate to make sure it is being given properly? We are so focused on adults and employers only (where that does make a difference yes) but we can all mesh better if we work on having society as a whole do it. Think of it like the speed limit, if a few people went 5 over the posted limit, then police could write tickets for those select few, but since majority of people decided collectively to drive 5 over, police decided to not reinforce that particular speeding violation as much and it worked out well for everyone.

  • Ashley Gardner

    This article was awesome. There is so much truth in it. No one realizes how much your health matters. Feeding your body all that junk will not only afftect you majorly in the long-term, but it affects you in the short-term as well. In order to be successful you need to feed your brain nutrients and give your body energy. I dont know about you, but I would rather suck up that craving for fast food and make time for those healthy meals if it means being more succesful in my every day life.

  • koffing109

    This is the stupidest thing ive ever read. If you don’t eat healthy you’re not prioritising illness you’re priortising now and enjoyment. If you do eat healthy you’re prioritising your last few senile years of messing yourself in a hospital bed over enjoying now.

  • Samantha Lavenau

    Love this article! Too many people do not understand that they have one body, and that body needs essentials like sleep, exercise, and a healthy balanced diet to work properly. If you want to perform your best, then health should be your number one priority. Great things will happen if you follow a simple healthy plan, and life will be much more enjoyable and longer.

  • Sara_Kay0316

    Good way to look at it. Speaking from experience I know that it is really hard to fall in the hole, it’s like a domino effect. Once you eat out one day then you do it again and pretty soon you’ve done it 4 times that week and haven’t worked out once. My boyfriend relies heavily on caffeine to push him through the day and I always get after him. He thinks I’m crazy but we will see who’s crazy 10 years+ down the road….

  • Kayla Martin

    I agree that society is a big part to blame when it comes to people eating unhealthy they think that if they go to McDonald’s and get a hamburger it is cheaper then if they were to make a dinner, when in reality it is more expensive you would get more beef for your money if you went to the grocery store and bought everything needed. It could make many meals instead of just one. And it is the same for kids fast food places put toys in kids meals to keep them coming back and they do it because they know it will work.
    I also agree that food labels need to be easier to read. I look at one and I’m not always 100% sure what I am reading. I know certain things need to be lower and others need to be higher but if sugar says it is low that isn’t always the case you also need to read the ingredients in case there is some hidden sugar in there.

  • Tyler Mueller

    This article makes a lot of sense! When you are sick you can’t do anything, and the world we are living in today more, and more people will be getting sick. Everything we do turns into a habit. For example if we say just one day were going to go through McDonalds drive through because your extremely busy, eventually it turns into a habit that you perform 3 or more times a week. For college students I believe sleep is more important during exam week rather than staying up all night to study. The reason I believe this is because when you’re well rested your mind tends to think better, and your day will be 100% more productive. Health is a topic most Americans don’t think about or just blow off, but in reality everyone needs to think about it more because of its long term affects.

  • BastarKm06

    Ive never been to a different country, but yeah I can imagine that the people look so much different in other countries than here in the US. You would think our country would see those other countries and catch on to what theyre doing and try and change our ways a little bit to become healthier overall.

  • catec18

    Pursue health, not sickness. Once you start pursuing health you can pursue other things, a promotion at work, a bigger family, an expansion to your company. But if pursuing health does not make the list, none of the other items can be on the list. And if pursuing health is not on your employees lists, none of the other things can happen. If your boss is gone from the office, do you think she is going to be looking at your application to see if you are qualified for a promotion or raise? Probably not. So if you pursue health and others around you pursue health, then productivity will increase.

  • Dena Keizer

    This is a great reminder to make sure you have your priorities straight. By pursuing health, everything can kind of fall into place. When you are healthier, you have a better chance at achieveing more of your goals and you feel SOOO much better about yourself when you know that you are moving in a healthy directon. Thanks for the words of wisdom.

  • alexlavine

    If you make time for your health you are actually making more time for other things in life also. If you begin to eat healthier you will become more productive in other aspects of life. By eating unhealthy it is like a snow ball effect of negative things that will happen. So I would say eating healthy is a great investment because it makes other aspects of life more enjoyable and easier.

  • Anthony Davis

    I can personally relate to this article because I am a person who finds it hard to turn down fast food when others want me to go with them and especially on the weekends. I do not feel like I am an unhealthy individual but I do however feel that I could make better choices than I do regarding fast food.

  • Anthony Davis

    that being said I do feel like I will not be the individual that will die of a heart disease or obesity related illness but I do have friends that I am worried about because what I eat once in a while is an every day occurrence for them.

  • epmcinty

    I can relate to this article because when college gets tough I definitely stop working out as much, eating as well, sleeping as much, and overall taking care of myself. My priority goes into excelling and always doing the best in my classes and other activities I am involved with. However, what I do not realize is that if I do not slow down and focus on myself and my health, I will just get sick and continue to do so, as well as not provide my optimum performance in my work. That is why I truly live by this article that without taking care of yourself first, you are not prioritizing correctly and cannot expect the max results in your endeavors.

  • Lindsey Kessler

    I agree! During finals, I will order a large latte at 9 pm, pull an all nighter, and feel sick for three days straight because all the sugar and caffine and lack of sleep tore up my stomach. My productivity and performance drastically goes down, and my only priority is sleep, not exercise, not nutrition, and I’m a full blown mess. All I needed to do was get a good nights sleep and eat right and I would have been more productive and performed better on my finals.

  • Garrett Nelson

    You would think so, but it must be much tougher than that to change a society’s perception of health and fitness. You have to provide the knowledge, motivation, resources, and target/goals for people to achieve in order to have some success. For example, the long boardwalk that I would run on every other day was a perfect resource for people to use in order to maintain a balanced and fit life. It was perfect also because it was in a prime location where many of the people living on the island could access it and was visible to the public eye. Having that knowledge is important also, knowing where facilities, trails, roads, gyms are located, etc. Do you think our perception of health in the U.S. is more negative than those countries seeming to stay more fit?

  • Chelsea Haffele

    Agreed!! During finals week and even weeks when I’m really busy I stress eat and I make working out my last priority. I think I don’t have time to work out when really that hour break to work out will probably make me perform better on my exam.

  • purperoar21

    This is a great article, Ann is my professor and as I read this I could correlate it exactly with what she makes a point of addressing during class. That is, if health truly is a priority to you, you WILL make it work. There are plenty of excuses presented to us, the ones who don’t use them and instead think out of the box are the ones who refuse to make sickness a priority. For instance, an example that Ann once told the class was a woman that had her plate full made an effort to make sure she got her exercise in by skating up and down her driveway. If an obstacle arises, it does not mean you are to stop living a healthy lifestyle, it means you find other ways to maintain that healthy lifestyle.

  • afallon14

    I completely agree! When I start to get really stressed, eating isn’t even on my mind and I get burned out even faster because it is not my number one priority. Sleep is high on my priority list so that I can succeed in school and have energy to go from school to work and sometimes I still manage to not be very productive. I always have to keep in mind that I have to take care of myself first so I can stay on top of all my priorities.

  • Kaylie Mae Kuhnke

    i’ve always said the same thing lol if i ever get rich im going to hire a personal trainer to motivate me and a personal chef to cook me delicious healthy food.

  • Anthony Davis

    I feel the same way except when I am stressed I usually start hitting the gym harder and forget to sleep and finally run into burnout. Sometimes school, work and extracurricular activities can be a handful and I wish I prioritized more like you but I overwork myself and run into burnout.

  • wegener61

    I’m the same way, I sacrifice sleep to blow off that stress in the gym. Overworking yourself like that is just as unhealthy-and sometimes unproductive- as eating away the stress.

  • JeremyWahl

    i agree with you. once i start getting stressed, i dont want to eat at all and have a million things on my mind. i also dont sleep as great or as long as i should which leads to not paying attention in some classes because i am so tired. i have to keep in mind that if i take care of myself, good things will fall in place.

  • Elaminsj25

    It is true that I don’t make health my top priority and I could agree that I’m doing it wrong. I’ve actually been getting sick off and on for over a month now. Why? Probably because I’m not putting my health first. In college, we have a lot to do. Between full time classes, a part- time job, an internship and a social life. It feels like there isn’t enough time in my day. So what do I do? I sleep less and eat more fast food. When I get sick, I keep going, until I’m too sick to function. Then I take a break. But as soon as I feel good enough to get back at it, I jump right up. So what happens? I get back sick. If I was to put my health first, I might be able to get back to 100% health and function much better for a longer length of time.

  • McKenzie Foster

    This article can relate to every college student. Us college kids don’t give a damn about our health, why else would there be a thing called “freshman 15”. We get to college, we drink, eat fast food, don’t have time to exercise and before we even know it, our health is deteriorating. I’m thankful that I do a sport in college because im conscious of what I eat, how much I eat, and if I am getting enough exercise. Because it is important for us to stay healthy while we are in school because we are doing so much. Being considerate of our health should be the number one priority because lets be real, if we aren’t healthy we are not going to want to do the stuff we have to get done because we feel like shit. It is important to try to stay healthy and more people should move it higher on their priority list.

  • flaschbm09

    This is definitely true for me, especially around finals time. Instead of taking the hour for me to make my own dinner and eat it, I decide to stop for fast food which is easier. At the company I’m interning with, it made me a little unsettled that they don’t have a gym or wellness program for their employees. They have recently, however, started a Race Across America program. Employees track their steps for a month and report their steps to their supervisor everyday. At the end of the month, the employee with the highest amount of steps in each department receive a prize. Also the location with the highest amount of steps, receives a traveling trophy. I think there need to be more programs and things like this for the company and it’s employees.

  • kwit21

    I definitely agree. When it gets to crunch time I spend less time, exercising (if any), cooking, and sleeping. I know this hurts me in so many ways, mostly I become so inefficient. It takes me longer and longer to get stuff done that would normally take a few minutes. My focus is off, I feel like I am just trying to get through the days. This last semester I have not been as bad in previous. I feel like some of the classes I have had through this semester have opened my eyes to see how important health is. I always knew it was something I wanted, but I never really put as a priotiry. Now that it is, I can see change. I just hope I can remind myself again when it gets to crunch time.

  • Austin Jones

    health and sickness are so inversely related. If not being sick is a priority, then health must also be a priority to prevent sickness. You can expect to eat twizzlers for dinner and coffee all day and not feel like shit. its that simple!

  • RadebaugVP02

    I agree, I think we all have this problem especially as college students. I think we all need to take some time and think about what we are prioritizing. Being sick is becoming too regular in a college town and it’s because we are running nonstop and don’t take the time to think about the consequences until they hit us.

  • Jaglerjn22

    I wish it were that easy to prioritize health. But with the busy schedules of college students and with everything that is going on in our life, I feel that it is almost inevitable. Yeah I can make better decisions…but I feel that I can’t avoid getting sick. I work at the UWW Children’s Center…and when one kid is sick, it’s going to go through the whole classroom and eventually to the teachers. I can take as many preventative measures and still end up with a cold, the flu, pink eye, etc. It’s tough to go about my day knowing that it’s easy for me to get sick. I know that I can take other measures to prevent myself from getting sick…taking vitamins and making sure that I get enough of those and whatnot, but sometimes it just doesn’t always work. I can try all I can to prioritize health…but in the end I’ll still most likely get sick.
    I feel that even though I have a lot on my plate, I am still able to balance my studies, various jobs, and social life. I know what I need to do to be as healthy as I can…but this article is a nice reminder to what I need to do to make the most of my life.

  • Jaglerjn22

    This message is very simple…however, people definitely overlook it. People think that by pursuing health you have to take all of these extreme measures! No! It’s simple…get enough sleep, don’t eat crap food, and exercise even just a little bit! It is as simple as that! By doing those simple things, you are already prioritizing your health. Most people probably think that they have to take away so much of their time just to prioritize their health, when in fact its doing 3 simple things.

  • l2yza

    Best way to do this is to track what you eat. 95% of people think that makes you some weird super weight conscious calorie counter, but it is completely eye opening to see what you put in your body. Your body is a machine and it runs like shit if you give it bad fuel.

  • Sarah Reynolds

    I laughed while reading this because it is so true. I don’t get sick very often but when I do it seems to be when I have but my health on the back burner because I am so busy with school that I stay up at all different time of the night working on school work and choosing the worst food options because I make the excuse that I’m too busy to make anything good. And even too busy to go and get a 30 minute workout in. I’m going to make health my priority from now on because getting sick totally sucks!

  • ryanstorto

    Everything in this article is so true and I think everyone can agree. I dont think that everyone looks at it from that point of view, but it is crazy I have thought of it that way. I also agree that health is the number one priority and that just shows that I have my priorities wrong. Reading this article is a motivation to change my priorities for the better in order to become a healthier person for the long term. I am excited to try and change this to my top priority.

  • Katie Germain

    I have never really looked at health in the aspect of if I’m not prioritizing it, then I am neglecting it. After reading this article, I now understand that I need to remember to take care of myself on a daily basis and be good to my body, despite my busy schedule. It is super important to remember to eat healthy, workout, and get enough sleep because those are the greatest ways to keep from getting sick. I have to keep this article in mind at all times to remind myself that health should be the number one thing in my life!

  • Katie Germain

    It’s so true that college students don’t care about their health sometimes because they put it on the back burner. A lot of the times this campus even offers unhealthy food so the only way to get healthy food is by buying it from the store and that can be expensive. “Freshman 15” is definitely a thing and that is because in stressful situations it’s easier to gravitate towards that unhealthy, easy to make foods rather than the healthy foods. But I agree that it is important to care about health and fitness. Eating healthy will make you look and feel so much better!

  • Katie Germain

    I do the exact same! I usually eat unhealthy when I am most stressed because they are comfort foods and I stress myself out so much that I make it hard to find time to workout. I need to make a schedule that includes enough time for all of my school work, studying, working out, sleeping, and eating right.

  • Katie Germain

    I have a bad habit of always saying yes when my friends want to go out to eat and of course we never order anything healthy. Especially when I go out on the weekends, it’s very hard to turn down pizza. I’m usually a pretty healthy person in general but I need to prioritize my health more and say no to going out to eat all of the time.

  • mindhamrr11

    Again, I felt like I could hear you talking as I read this because this is what you’ve been saying all semester. I do agree that people need to prioritize their health. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that it should be their first priority because they do get paid to do their job, so that should come first along with family. However, even if you put those two things first, there should be plenty of time in the day to worry about your health. All it really takes is to make sure you’re eating healthy and exercise. This can easily be done by preparing your own healthy lunch instead of eating fast food and finding a hour out of your day to go workout, run, walk, play a sport, or something else active.

  • Kent Miehe

    I totally agree with your opinion. If we don’t prioritize our health, it can be hard to excel in other things in our lives because we have to spend so much energy with being sick. If our health isn’t our #1 importance, other things will not be as important because we end up having to take care of ourselves and our poor health. We can’t excel at work unless we get enough sleep. We can’t get our bodies in shape unless we start eating healthier. There are so many things we want to achieve in life, but we can’t achieve anything if our health is not fit to keep up with our minds. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kent Miehe

    I totally agree! When we have busy schedules and can’t find the time to exercise, eat right, and sleep, we tend to ignore those healthy behaviors and prioritize other things instead of our health. People need to realize that unless we stay fit, eat right, and sleep, we won’t be able to keep up with our busy schedules, and it will only get worse from there because we have to spend so much time taking care of our bodies. When we get into “crunch time”, we do have to remember that continuing our healthy behaviors will make our other priorities easier to accomplish. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kent Miehe

    I totally agree! Pursuing health first can make it easier to pursue other things in your life. If you don’t pursue health, like in your example, it can be hard to move up in your job and excel in other areas of your life. If health isn’t our top priority, then our top priority will be taking care of ourselves and trying to get better from being sick, and this makes it nearly impossible to pursue other things in our life. Health is clearly the most important thing to pursue when we want to excel in other areas of our lives. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kent Miehe

    I agree with your opinion! It may seem harmless to eat out every once in a while, or to stay up late and watch movies every now and then, but we don’t realize what we can achieve if we stay healthy and keep up with our healthy habits. It makes our bodies feel rejuvenated and we feel more motivated to go out and pursue our goals in life. Making our health our #1 priority can open the door to many other things in life that we want to achieve. Once we get our health to the top of our lists, everything else will start to improve as well. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kent Miehe

    I totally agree! If we can’t actually pursue being healthier, it can be very hard to pursue anything else that we want to accomplish. The list of goals that we have can be nearly impossible to achieve if we are not healthy enough to do them. It’s easy to fall into the trap of taking the easy way out with eating fast food and not exercising, but we can find out very quickly that it will hurt us in the long run. Staying fit and healthy can sometimes be a challenge, but everything else will become a challenge in our life if we don’t strive to be healthy. Thanks for sharing!

  • Samantha Lavenau

    Great way to put it! Health is correlated to sickness and if you do not have a healthy lifestyle then you are prone to sickness. No one wants to hire someone who is always sick and out of work. Make sure you put your health first; enough sleep, working out, and eating a balanced diet, and everything will fall into place.

  • Kaila Witthun

    I agree we do need to remember. I also think that some people do remember, but they just completely ignore it. I know I sometimes do. I know I need to eat right and get enough sleep even more so when I have a ton going on, but for some reason sometimes I still decide not to. I feel like many people do to. I wish that even though I know what I should do and what I need to do, I would just to it.

  • Chelsea Haffele

    With finals weeks coming up it’s going to be hard to fit everything in our schedule. This will be a good test to see if I’m able to actually eat healthy and work out while being very busy with school.

  • Thumbs_up

    Again, strongly agree. I have been learning a lot reading those posts. It is true that if we do not prioritize our health no one is going to do for us. It is our life and it depend on us to “mechanically move” and get the benefits of this. Physical activity everybody can do, brushing the teeth, washing dishes, etc. But is exercising that will improve our health. So, program it and do it.

  • Ryan

    I like this a lot, as productivity and progression in life is often directly correlated with health. As a society that has (in my opinion) grown to expect convenience in commodities over just about everything else, taking care of oneself can fall by the wayside. The trick is to learn when and where to slow down certain aspects of our lives, starting with what we put in it.

  • Sara_Kay0316

    Health is what gets you through the day. If you don’t fuel your body, everything is downhill from that point. Research shows that people who prioritize health are more likely to have a low mortality rate.

  • CPanella1

    One of my favorite quotes is this and I think it really brings in your point of health, work, stress etc.

    “If you want to understand a society, take a good look at the drugs it uses. What can this tell you about the American culture? We let’s look at the drugs we use. Except for pharmaceutical poison, there are essentially two drugs that Western civilization tolerates: caffeine from Monday to Friday to energize you enough to make a productive member of society, and alcohol from Friday to Monday to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in.” -Bill Hicks

    I love this because it’s sadly true. Instead of focusing on our health, stress, failures, kids, failing families, debt, etc. We turn to alcohol to help “relieve and forget” about these challenges we face. And caffeine, while I enjoy my morning coffee, has become an essential in everyday lives for some people. I certainly don’t rely on coffee to get me through my weeks, days, or hard times. I haven’t sunk that low and I hope to never get there.

  • Will Ettl

    everyone can have a busy schedule and will look at it and say I do not have time for exercise or something along those sorts. but in reality all you need to stay fit and be healthy is a simple one hour a week at the very least of exercise. and someone who cannot find time to throw that into there schedule is crazy.

  • Alex Marski

    I completely agree with this comment! it is so true as being a college student we think its okay to eat fast food cause its “cheaper”. getting in a bad food habit in college can and will continue to happen outside of college if were not smart about our choices. We think its okay to stay up late and not sleep cause we can always have “energy” drinks in the morning to fuel us for the day. us college students need to think of the long term effects were doing to our body.

  • Nathan Tessar

    I agree with you and to see people not fueling there body with the proper nutrition is what is killing this world at times. I just read Ann’s last article and found out the every 39 seconds someone dies from a heart disease or a stroke, We need to keep on educating people that if you do prioritize your health that you are more likely to live a longer life. Sometime education is all we need.

  • Paige Cuchna

    This article is pretty eye opening and the ugly truth. Im not going to lie there are times that I don’t prioritize health. Ill find myself skipping going to the gym to watch netflix instead. When I go for a while without going to the gym I feel it. My body feels it. Im not as alert and I feel lethargic.

  • Leah Renee

    LOVE IT!
    I need to print this and read it whenever I’m going to skip out on health.
    Tough love

  • Sara_Kay0316

    Exactly. It’s really not a magically equation. Yes, those statistics are really eye opening. People are in denial until they realize what they have done to themselves.

  • Emily Krueger

    I agree with the article. Thank you for sharing the facts about health. My favorite part is about how some people do not priorities their health due to being busy. But results into being too busy this mean they fall into the trap of eating unhealthy food on the go also drinking too much alchol to cope with their stressful as well

  • mindhamrr11

    I like your point about how we have grown to expect convenience. It is so easy now days to walk or drive anywhere at any time of the day or night to buy food. However, today’s jobs don’t burn nearly as much calories as what jobs used to, so it is importance that we find time to exercise in today’s society, and most of us are not doing a good job at that.

  • mindhamrr11

    I like your point about how no one is going to prioritize health for us. So many people who are overweight try to find excuses for their problems, but in 99% of cases, it is their fault for gaining weight, and everyone needs to know that it is preventable through a healthy diet and proper exercise.

  • mindhamrr11

    I like how the company you interned for has some kind of program to try and motivate their employees to become healthier. Health is at the individual level, but it seems not enough individuals are taking their health serious, so it is nice for companies to try and motivate their employees.

  • mindhamrr11

    I agree that every college student can related to this article. We disregard our health so much by drinking heavily, and the food options on campus on usually anything but healthy. And, we are young, so we feel like we are invincible when we are really just destroying our health.

  • Desiree

    i agree being healthy is very important and many people just tend to sit around and do nothing because its easier and people are lazy but I think prioritizing health is key to feeling good about yourself and how you look at yourself

  • Marlee Williams

    Completely agree with you. Being educated is the first step toward any change, especially when it comes to being healthier. There’s SO much information out there that we aren’t aware of and would probably be shocked, surprised, in awe, etc. to find it out.

  • Marlee Williams

    Katie Germain you are SO right. Health should be our number one priority because if it doesn’t come first then we will die. I know that sounds a little dramatic but for real – if we aren’t healthy then we can’t really do any of the things we want to do in life.

  • flaschbm09

    Yeah it’s at least a step. I was really hoping that they would have a gym or something for their employees like my dad’s company does, but doing this every year is a step in the right direction. It at least gets everyone moving and thinking about their health.

  • Thumbs_up

    Thank you. It is true that if we do not prioritize our health now, one day we will probably HAVE to prioritize it as a treatment, medications, and in short terms as the sickness from one day, in the past, which we did not realize that soon or later we would “reap” the consequences of our neglect.

  • mindhamrr11

    I like how you brought up that it is hard to be a healthy person when the semester comes to crunch time. Everyone gets so stressed out from their finals that they forget about their health, and that can be harmful to the cause people you’re going to need to be feeling good when you go to take your finals.

  • schoenherr2424

    Simple daily changes can go a long way. Instead if driving to class, walk. Take the stairs. Trade in that doughnut for a banana!

  • Ryan Dow

    We talked about this in our class, about scheduling. Some people do it and some don’t. And some can handle stress when it builds up during the day. So they change there schedule. I really like this article.

  • Tyler Hebert

    I agree that health should be everyone’s top priority. Being healthy is way more important than anything else. Being healthy will influence everything else you do with your life. Being unhealthy can prevent you from doing a lot of the things you love or want to try to do.

  • Steven Hass

    I don’t think some people understand that it isn’t THAT hard to start being healthier. You don’t have to go to the gym for 3 hours a day, or eat lettuce for every meal. Every little thing helps and eventually could grow into a healthy life habit.

  • kolinjk29

    Taking care of your body and health goes a long way. It goes with the saying that if you don’t have your health than you don’t have anything. Being healthy is necessary to accomplish your daily living needs. When you are unhealthy you are less likely to accomplish what needs to be done which will put more stress on you when you need to catch up. Having a daily exercise routine will go along way and benefit you in the long run.

  • kolinjk29

    I can relate with you here. When I miss going to the gym or doing some form of exercise I can tell by the lack of my energy levels. I have fallen into the netflex trap myself. What I have been doing recently is watching my netflix shows at the gym on the treadmill. It allows me to workout for the length of the show making my workout seem a lot faster. Good luck

  • Timothy Joseph Basaldua

    I can definitely see a dramatic change when I work out and when I don’t. I feel so much better when I work out, so I don’t understand why I don’t keep up with it. I always use the excuse that I am too busy. I am going to try to take “Busy” out of my vocabulary. I shouldn’t be too busy for my health. I think I’m just lazy. I am starting out eating healthy and then working my way into some light exercise. I have to start somewhere!

  • Ashley Nicole Rietbrock

    Thank you Ann for sharing this article with us I really enjoyed it. I thinking taking care of your body is very important and it is a reflection on yourself. Being healthy and taking care of your body can go a long way and can give you extra years of live. Being healthy is necessary to accomplish you daily needs and activities. It not very fun went your not able to do those things. Having a daily exercise routine will take you a long way and give you the benefits that you need and by eating the right food can help you be healthy and live a healthy life for many years. Thank you again for sharing this article with us.

  • kgonyo

    The last piece of advice is great – “tough.” If prioritizing health was easy, everyone would be doing it. It’s not always going to be a walk in the park, but then again, nothing worth having comes easy. Having body healthy enough to allow you to continue doing what you love to do is reason enough for me to continue prioritizing health.

  • McKennaKJ29

    I loved this quote so much. “Prioritize health because if you don’t you ARE prioritizing sickness.” /i think it is a very two way spectrum and if you aren’t trending upward, you are trending down. Elect to be healthy otherwise you will regret it.

  • Leah Renee

    “tough” that is my favorite part! haha! it is the tough love we all need to hear because seriously if we arent Prioritizing health we ARE prioritizing sickness.

  • Leah Renee

    try inviting them to partake in some healthy eating before they have a chance to invite you to eat fast food.
    like invite people to cook with you or you suggest the place to eat before they have a chance

  • Jpl89

    Without your health your pretty much worthless. If your sick and dying, you really can’t do much to help anyone else at all, so from a societal perspective your not contributing very much. If your health and physically prosperous then you can motive, assist, and guide other people to succes as well.

  • Taking care of yourself is the most important thing. I agree with you that your body should come first. The more days you spend sick, the less days you are spending being awesome.

  • I like how you incorporated other aspects of giving, not just doing. Its easy to try to do healthy things, but what about helping others succeed as well.

  • Sarah Reynolds

    I know when I workout I feel much better about myself and I feel like I can do way more, when I don’t get a workout in I kind of feel like crap and don’t really want to do anything. I agree with you the being healthy can just be accomplishing your daily living needs.

  • Sarah Reynolds

    I agree that it isn’t that hard start being healthier, but I do think it can be really hard for some people to continue. And to be healthy it is all about consistency. I think a lot of people want to be healthier and lose weight but they want it fast and it doesn’t come fast it take lots of time and effort before you will start noticing a change.

  • Sarah Reynolds

    I agree that people that say they are too busy fall into the trap of eating unhealthy and over consuming alcohol and these tend to be the people that are stressed. It is really simple to change it you just need to prioritize your life and make exercising and eating healthy a priority!

  • Sarah Reynolds

    I think that is an excellent way to look at it and I might just have to start using it for myself! I think despite that a lot of use live a busy life, I don’t think that we are that busy that we have to put our health on the backburner.

  • Sarah Reynolds

    This is so true, I know when I first started college I kind of fell into this I but my health to the side and wanted to go out and party all the time and started eating really unhealthy. I realized after my freshman year that I was no longer happy and need to change some thing and needed to make my health my number 1 priority!

  • Sarah Reynolds

    I agree that if you make more time for your health you will most certainly have more time to do other things that you really enjoy! I agree that eating healthy is a great investment to make!

  • Sarah Reynolds

    This is interesting! I have never heard of that before but I definitely make sense that if you are healthier you feel better and are able to accomplish more things. I agree that it need to be pushed more in schools, it is important to get these idea to kids while they are young and hopefully they will continue doing so as they get older.


    I completely agree with you. People are always complaining of not having enough time to exercise. I, myself, have done the same in the past, but have come to the realization that physical activity is the best form of stress relief! Getting those natural endorphins while the body is moving truly is the best feeling. Making time for exercise sets you up for success both physically and mentally.


    Very true, Sarah. Health is extremely individualized, and I think we need to remember that when approaching it with others. All bodies are different, and what works for one may not work for another. However, one thing that is the same across the board is that we all need to make time to keep our bodies moving- no matter what form of movement that may be!


    I agree, Tyler. However, I believe it’s extremely difficult to get a person to prioritize their health that maybe hasn’t their entire life, or maybe isn’t ready to make changes. As a future health professional, it’s a tough situation because you can’t get somebody to do something they don’t want to do. I completely agree that health should be of utmost importance on one’s agenda, but it’s a very slow process for others who may not be acting on that agenda to move it up towards the top. Behavior change can be incredibly difficult, but I think it’s important for people to recognize the severity of behavior change in regards to their health, because it is true that if you aren’t prioritizing health, you’re prioritizing sickness.