If you want to stay healthy, start by taking a look at your daily habits.
Studies show that access to health care accounts for only 10 percent of what makes us healthy, and that genetics and environment each account for 20 percent. What’s the biggest factor? Healthy behaviors. They account for an impressive 50 percent.
On the other hand, of all the money we spend on health care, only four percent goes toward healthy behaviors, while 88 percent is spent on medical services.
Healthy habits are those like eating well, exercising regularly, and avoiding tobacco and drugs, according to Healthy People 2020, which has compiled statistics on the subject.
In the Roanoke Valley, though, many people surveyed in the past year said they only eat one fresh or frozen vegetable a day, and exercise an hour a week or less.
Happily, efforts are under way to increase health literacy and healthy behavior in our community. An initiative called Healthy Roanoke Valley, representing more than 50 organizations and schools, is working to help residents adopt good health habits.
To learn more about the steps they’re taking, and other efforts to improve community health, read our story in Carilion Clinic Living magazine.