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Plato said that…
The part can never be well unless the whole is well.
The rise of integrative health practices and attention to treating the whole person suggests that there are benefits to thinking this way. While the National Institute for Health does not suggest using practices like meditation in place of traditional care, it does say that there’s evidence that it may reduce blood pressure, symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, it may ease symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as help people with insomnia. Seeing ourselves as a whole person instead of the sum of our parts may lead us down the path to healthfulness.
To that end, the American Association of Retired Persons has identified a group of 10 leaders who they are calling AARP Well-being Champions. These individuals are part of an effort by the group to create a “Culture of Health.” This is broadly defined as having a vision of health that applies across the spectrum to people of all ages in all communities. It’s a way of focusing energy on healthfulness.
Robin Phillips, the Executive Director of the National Rural Transit Assistance Program, is an AARP Well-being Champion. Robin is a bike commuter in Washington D.C. Her commute mode shows her deep understanding of the connection between health and the environment and how the choices we make every day have an impact. As a passionate advocate for rural transportation initiatives, AARP noted that Robin also get results. A program she developed lead to intercity bus service being restored to more than 600 rural communities along 80 routes. Reinstating this service provided greater access to jobs, health-care services, and other resources supporting well-being. Robin’s personal choices as well as her work on behalf of rural communities make her an ideal AARP Well-being Champion.
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