It is the desire of every human being to constantly be in good health, but due to factors beyond our control such as genetic, environmental and biological reasons, we always find ourselves under the weather every now and then. Physical health interventions are therefore measures taken by medical practitioners, to sensitize the public about injury both internal and external, that they may suffer and the preventative and curative measures that are available to counter such incidences. This piece of literature seeks to demystify physical health issues, and the interventions available to ensure desirable physical health practices.
Rationale for Physical Health Awareness
Human diseases like the common cold have the propensity to spread easily from one person to another, making people vulnerable to attacks at all times (Uchino, 2004, p.15; Mason, 2010). Those that are non-communicable, also put families of the afflicted in precarious financial and emotional positions, especially if they could have been averted (Kotecki, 2011; Thompson, 2007). It is therefore the prerogative of medical practitioners, to ensure that the public is made aware of the myriad ways that they can evade certain diseases. This can be achieved by aggressive media campaigns and setting aside of open days by health institutions to inform the public on physical health issues.
Human Anatomy and Physical Health
A human being cannot function if all organs of the body are not well coordinated. If there is a malfunction in one or more body parts, an individual will definitely suffer from one or more maladies. In studying the anatomy of the brain for instance, too much stress and lack of sleep, can lead to reduced memory and hypertension because of an overworked heart, that tends to affect other body organs (Nash, 2010; Prasher & Janicki, 2002). Furthermore, a poor diet that is devoid of proteins especially in children, reduces the optimal performance of the brain; due to the low production of neurotransmitters like dopamine, that are essential for optimal brain activity (Jacobs, Wendell, 2010).
A Physiological Perspective
For all the organs of the body to function well, individuals need to practice good hygiene, by washing hands before meals and after visiting the toilet; so as to ensure that whatever enters the alimentary canal is parasite free (Mackenzie et. al, 2008). A diet with too much sugar, cholesterol and salt coupled with inactivity, can also cause diabetes; that impairs the ability of the body to produce insulin, which can be countered by a good diet and lots of exercises. Additionally, immunization against diseases such as hepatitis, should be done to protect the public from outbreaks of such dangerous diseases. (Snell, 2004; Macgregor, 2008).
A Mathematical Approach
Statistical tools can be used to evaluate a research conducted on a company’s workers, to teach them about physical health. A record of the workers health status is taken before the exercise, and a few months after the exercise. Thereafter, an analysis is made to evaluate the effectiveness of the lessons, using sick leaves taken by workers before and after study as an indicator.
The environment plays a pivotal role in the physical health of human beings, because when we live in a polluted environment, we are susceptible to poisoning; through the water we drink, the food we eat and the air that we breathe. Therefore, we should not only take care of our bodies, but also our environment if we desire to have good health.
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Mason, Paul, (2010). Know The Facts About Physical Health, New York: The Rosen Publishing Group.
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Nash, Michael, (2010). Physical Health and Well-being in Mental Health Nursing: Clinical Skills for Practice, New York: Open University Press.
Prasher, P., Vee, & Janicki, P., Mathew, (2002). Physical Health of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, Malden: Blackwell Publishing.
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Uchino. N.,Bert, (2004). Social Support and Physical Health: Understanding the Health Consequences of Relationships, London: Yale University press.