Nurture the FUTURE
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas Edison
Finding good creative people is hard enough for an advertising agency, but keeping them there is even harder. In the end, it should not be a matter of money. Talented people should want to stay on because they feel cared for and can look forward to a great career instead of just a job.
Health is about becoming more ALIVE.
Parents who smoke and drink and generally do not take care of their health may influence their children to do the same. Generally, when people hear about “victims of alcoholism,” the first person they think about is the recovering alcoholic. However, the fact of the matter is that the true victims are the people whom that alcoholic affects.
From an early age, parents serve as the only role models for their children.
Therefore, it should be no surprise that a parent’s negative behavior would rub off on their child. According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), one in five adult Americans lived with an alcoholic while growing up, and statistics show that the children who are around alcoholics are four times more likely than other children to become alcoholics themselves. Also, most parents who engage in risky behavior such as drinking, smoking and/or doing drugs are more likely to neglect their child, thus contributing to the vicious cycle of abuse.
The age at which a person first uses alcohol is a powerful predictor of whether or not they will endure a lifetime of alcohol abuse and/or dependence. The most overlooked age group are children between the ages of 9 and 15. A drug and alcohol study conducted in 2007 by the University of Michigan showed staggering results for young adults in grades 8-12. The statistics showed that more young adults had tried alcohol or been drunk more than any other drug listed. Of those young adults surveyed in the study, less than 60% saw no big deal in having five or more drinks in a row once or twice each weekend. Additionally, almost 90% of the same students interviewed admitted that getting alcohol was “fairly easy”.
So, how do we even begin to tackle the monumental task of preventing victims of alcohol abuse from becoming the abuser? For starters, parents who are alcoholics need accept responsibility for their actions and get help, if not for themselves- for their children. Parents need to be just that: parents. Even if you’re not an alcoholic, talk to your child about alcohol. Let your child know that there are ways to effectively deal with peer pressure and avoid alcohol.
The statistics don’t lie. Children who have a high level of parental involvement in their lives are less likely to start drinking versus children who begin drinking at an early age. There have also been studies which link drinking to other risky behaviors such as pre-marital sex, unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted disease- all of which can lead to depression, anxiety and guilt. It is time for parents to accept responsibility and break the cycle.
Even if you don’t believe in feng shui, your home can easily be altered to be much, much more conducive to health – improving air quality, reducing electro smog and eliminating mold (to name a few examples).
As you can see, even if you ate the PERFECT diet, but you neglected sleep or used toxic underarm deodorant, or didn’t stretch your body or didn’t give time to relax your nerves, or you stay up late tossing and turning in bed… you would likely fall victim to some or many health challenges.
And there’s a LOT of health information out there.
“If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”