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Your Health is Connected to Your Community in More Ways Than You Think!

Have you ever wondered what contributes to your health? Besides your personal choices, your home, your neighbors, and your community can all have a great impact on your health more than you may have noticed.

Public Health

According to the CDC Foundation, public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities by promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevention, and detecting, preventing and responding to infectious disease. The nation's leading public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), believes that public health connects us all.

How Your Community Affects You

The choices we make daily play a major role in our health and our choices are greatly influenced by our environment and the conditions we live, learn, and grow in. In fact, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has found that research has shown communities with smoke-free air laws, access to healthy foods, and quality affordable housing are healthier than those that don't.

These factors along with other social determinants of health like education, income, family, and environment are all considered to have huge impacts on your physical and mental health. For example, research from the National Bureau of Economic Research revealed that graduating from high school and attending even some time in college can reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes.

How You Can Make A Difference

Now that you know your health is connected to your community, you might be wondering how you can better both (your health and your community). A healthy community starts with healthy occupants. The first step in contributing to a healthy community is to be healthier yourself. Make healthier lifestyle choices like eating healthier foods, cutting down on alcohol consumption , quitting smoking, and exercising.

Other ways you can help build a healthier community includes:

  • Making more green spaces. Studies show that green spaces, such as parks or woods, impact your health for the better, helping you live longer, improving your mood, and reducing anxiety. Having plants in your home is a great way to start and there are lots of volunteer groups and foundations that make green spaces a priority in the community for health.
  • Advocate for cleaner, safer areas. Work with other people in your community and local officials to push for bike lanes, sidewalks, cleaner parks, and any other things you feel like your community needs to help promote public health.
  • Shop local. Shopping local and supporting small businesses in your area can help you strengthen the local economy and improve the health of your community. It can also encourage you to get some physical activity by walking to your local stores.
  • Keep it clean. Trash doesn’t just look bad on the streets and sidewalks of your community, it can also be dangerous for the residents (including those that may not walk on two legs!) Taking a moment to pick up trash can help the community and can also inspire others to clean up as well.
  • Volunteering in your community is not only good for a healthy community, it is good for the residents and your own health. Studies from Harvard Medical School have shown that doing volunteer work can be beneficial for your physical and mental health.

Your community plays a major role in your health and building a healthy community starts with you! It starts with your choices, your participation and effort to help building a strong community, and it starts with your own health and wellbeing.

At Fibronostics, our passion for non-invasive digital diagnostics drives us towards creating solutions that allow you to monitor risk and detect disease, with the goal of eventually forgoing the traditional biopsies and scans currently common practice.

That’s why we developed the LiverFASt™ family of tests for monitoring risk and detecting disease in your liver – the largest organ in your body connected to many common health risks. Allow us to help you understand the health of your liver so that you can stay ahead of the silent killer of Liver Disease and live a happy, healthy life!

Contact us via email, or by phone at 1-888-552-1603 today to learn more about our LiverFASt™ family of diagnostic tests.

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