A Healthy You Means Being an Informed Consumer

Let’s face it, gone were the days when the only sources of information we have relied on were news from television and radio. In this day and age of high technology and information overload, we have no one else left to blame but ourselves for any health concerns or illnesses. We have all the tools and resources in front of us. All we need to do is put each and one of them into use.

Being an informed consumer takes time, patience and dedication on your part. Why should we not practice being our own health advocate? After all, we reap all the benefits. We no longer visit our doctors just to hear what they have to say, we actively take part with the healthcare decisions. Even if you do not have any primary care doctor or health insurance, wellness tools and resources are everywhere. Take time to educate yourself. If you have the time to sit in front of your computer and log on your favorite social networking site, then you have the time to check some helpful health resources online. There are several tools and resources available online that can help with any of your health concerns, such as CDC, WebMd and FDA. We are not kept in the dark anymore when it comes to our health issues. We can even access our health information, and communicate with our healthcare provider via e-mail. Bottom line is, it is up to us to take this opportunity to put our health as our number one priority as a part of becoming an informed health consumer.

Case in point, FDA’s latest campaign to raise awareness with the food choices we make. Calorie counting is everywhere, in the vending machines, even in our favorite restaurants. What this do is teaching us to be more accountable with our health choices, good or bad. Personally, it works for me. Whether I like or not, I have to make a conscious effort to take the calories into consideration when I order something in my favorite restaurant. In the long run, it gives me the right to be in control of what I put in my body.

I remembered my conversation with my husband about certain health choices people make when it comes to food, my question was, “why can’t the government make the food that is good for our health more affordable, and junk food less affordable?” This way, we will be more enticed to see our doctors more often, is it not more of a pleasurable experience to see and hear your doctor say, “Your health is excellent, job well done.”Up to this day, I would like to think that FDA was probably listening to that conversation and came up with this calorie counting idea, and at the end of the day, it is still you and me that will be held accountable with the choices we make with our health and lifestyle.