Good Health for Good Works is taking the month of October off to embark on an October Odyssey - a trek across the pond to visit distant relatives in a foreign land.
Families are funny in that there is always that bond that transcends separations whether they are physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. I'm looking forward to spending time with my aunt, uncle and cousins and learning about who they are, what they have experienced and what our family history means to them.
What about you? Have you ever taken a deep dive into your own family history? One of the greatest gifts we can give our descendants is information and context about our family health history.
A great place to get started is with the Family Health History Initiative developed by the US Department of Health and Human Services. To make it more personal, why not write a letter to your future descendants about your family's health history, including strengths to imitate and weaknesses to avoid? For each descendant, give a short description of their health habits (smoking status, eating habits, activity levels, coping skills, hobbies and leisure time activities) as well as their accomplishments (physical endeavors, mental toughness, spiritual strength) and struggles (substance abuse, anxiety/depression, disabilities, chronic health conditions). Then end the letter by explaining what all this information means to you and what you hope it means for your future descendants.
What kind of health legacy do you want
to leave to your descendants?
May the Lord say of us what He said of Abraham as we leave a legacy in the way we manage our health and every other area of life.
I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him
to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just...
See you in November!
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About the author:
Hello! My name is Ginger Hill and I am a Christ follower and a wellness professional. Over the years, I have personally and professionally seen the benefits of healthy living and I have also seen the hardships of struggling to practice good health habits in the midst of a busy and sometimes stressful life. I am passionate about helping myself and others to live a healthy lifestyle and I believe that good health is essential in helping us to do the good works that God has called us to do. Because I am a work in progress, I write these blog posts to encourage myself and I share them with others in the hope that they may be encouraged as well.
Psalm 92:12,14 (NLT)
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