A Great Way To Occupy Health!

“In our way of life, in our government, with every decision we make, we always keep in mind the Seventh Generation to come. It’s our job to see that the people coming ahead, the generations still unborn, have a world no worse than ours and hopefully better. When we walk upon Mother Earth we always plant our feet carefully because we know the faces of our future generations are looking up at us from beneath the ground. We never forget them.”~~Oren Lyons (an Iroquois Indian tribal leader)

Courtesy of the artist Faith Hepburn

Recently we’ve heard about a lot of occupy movements in the news: occupy Wall Street, Occupy Washington, Occupy in the Arab world, occupy this, and occupy that.  The word occupy took off like a virus.  It became a household term.  At some point, it just sound like if you weren’t occupying something, you were odd and missing out on all the action.

Each group came with a different focus.  Many were disgruntled and tried to turn the systems they were fighting upside down.  Some dignified folks got on radio airways scolding individuals who were part of any “Occupy” movement while this is exactly what other groups like the Tea Party were doing to get their message across, except they were not so creative to come up with the “occupy’ term, but they occupied much our airways.  There were many who also weary of the bush tea folks too.

These ‘Occupy’ groups and Tea Party folks did result in their voices being heard.  When people get tired of a certain way of living, they look to change.  If change does not show it’s face fast enough, well then, it may be best to hit the road and give change a little nudge or a kick in the bonkey (a Roatanian’s term for rear-end).  This is exactly what the various occupy movements did, lit a flame and carried a torch on many social issues.

Occupy simply means ‘to fill or take up.’  This reminds me, there is so much to be filled or taken up by health care to tackle the lifestyle issues that is taking so many lives locally and abroad.

It’s time to get back to the basics.  We need responsible healthcare workers to take up this torch in their homes and hopefully in a small group in our neighborhoods.

Share the wealth of knowledge you have on natural living and on practicing healthy lifestyle.  People are starving for knowledge.  Many do not know where to turn.  So if you have a bit of knowledge you could share on healthy living, please pass  it along.  The impact of your generosity could impact many generations to come.

Courtesy of the artist Faith Hepburn

A simple simple way to do this is to devise a 60 minute health promotion presentation and offer it free to the ones you love, to your neighbors, to your community, or local church.   You can do this once a week, twice a month, or once a month.  Whatever time you give will reap many benefits.

If you are at a loss for where to start, consider using an acronym that is taught to many Seventh Day Adventists by the church  from childhood on upwards.  NEW START has helped many people regain balance in their lives by putting them on the road to a better living.  You will be promoting a lifestyle change.  Potential topics you can discuss can be taken from this acronym: NEW START

  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Water
  • Sunlight
  • Temperance
  • Air
  • Rest
  • Trust in Divine power

If you use this acronym as the backbone of your teachings, you will touch on many of the vital topics pertaining to health.  You may can add one last thing to this list–the importance of living a purposeful life and how this can greatly contribute to health as well.

Courtesy of the artist Sandlynn Hepburn

OYE!  Let’s get a NEW START on occupying health and stop promoting diseases.  This is what our institutions have done for over a hundred years now, which has brought more suffering.  Chasing germ and disease theories has brought us more of the same.  Let’s take up this torch of promoting health and wellness by any good means necessary and help the people we serve to better thrive.  One day, lets walk or run the world to encourage other healthcare professions to take on this great and vital task.  We will share with them what we’ve done to tackle the problems of chronic disease and help our communities regain health.

We want to open this discussion and we welcome any suggestions you may have on how we can tackle some of the health issues facing our homes, communities, nation, country, and the world.

We also welcome any feedback you may have.