Social Support & Wellness | Chandra Story | TEDxOStateU

Social Support & Wellness | Chandra Story | TEDxOStateU

Translator: Vivian Chen
Reviewer: Denise RQ What is health? It’s something that’s important
to all of us. It’s a quality that’s dependent on
the things that we want to do. It’s about reaching our dreams, looking at our own goals, and looking at life from our perspective
in a way that can be wonderful. But for many of us in America, the story is more about
what health is not. One in two of us are living with
some type of chronic disease, whether it is high blood pressure,
or diabetes, or some type of stress, or some type of mental illness. Many of us are dealing with those things. And two in four of us are living with 2 or more of those types
of health condition. How are we connected? This brings to mind
some of the people in my life who have greatly impacted me
and why I care so much about health. My uncle, a young man in his 40s, who we’ll will call a preacher man, great prolific preacher, was going all over his community,
sharing wonderful words of wisdom, loved by his community, had a beautiful wife, beautiful children. He is doing what he does,
and he goes to the doctor one day, and the doctor tells him that he has high blood pressure, and that he needs to lose
a little bit of weight or he could end up dead within a year. My uncle responded
to the doctor and said to him, “I think I’ll be OK. I’m going to keep doing my work.
I’m going to keep serving.” And so my uncle went back
to what he was doing. But unfortunately,
my uncle, who was a young man, was dead about a week later
after going to the doctor. I have another friend
whose brother was in his prime, an engineer, a professional
doing well, beautiful family. His wife takes their daughter
to school one day, the daughter comes back home. He should have been at work. He is dead. He is lying in the bathroom. As it turns out,
he has high blood pressure. One in two of us. But how are we connected? Today and even now,
many of you have your cellphones. We love our social media.
It’s not a bad thing. We tweet, we instagram,
we snapchat, we facebook, we get a lot of information out,
and we get it out quickly. But the question becomes how connected are we really? When we are really connected
and have social support, we’re not only sharing interest,
but we’re sharing our ups and downs, our highs and our lows, our own social support networks, people who we are connected to. I don’t know about you, but some days, when it comes to these different
chronic issues we deal with, sometimes I want to deal with stress
by eating a large piece of cake. Anybody here like that? Some good ice cream. Anybody can testify to that? I enjoy those things. However, if we find that our connections, even beyond our social media, are all stressed out, and we are all coping
with things in the same way, and we all sit on the couch
all of the time, not some of the time, then our connections
may be a little bit of a hindrance. What if we want to have an apple
instead of the ice cream one day of a week to relief stress, but all of our friends
don’t really want to do that? When it comes to our support
and our health, does that become an issue? Do we sometimes feel like
we may need to make new friends? My idea when I think about this is what if we, as health people, as health educators, as health promoters, you, me, all of us who are leaders here,
who are listening today, what if we start to think
about health in a new way? What if the next time
you decided to go and walk, or get off the sofa, or go bicycling, or just start something new
by walking around the lake, what if you were required, requested in your group class
or your corporate wellness class to meet somebody new face to face? We know that when we meet
with people face to face, like we are doing today, that it boosts our immune system,
it decreases our blood pressure. What if through these classes,
we actually had to meet somebody? We can add social media, but what if our classes required us
to meet with someone once a week, to go out of our way, to make a new connection
that would be better for our health, to sign a contract that wasn’t just about
the amount of weight we were losing, but it was about making new connections? What if it became about you becoming
a leader in your own social group, regardless of demographics,
regardless of background, regardless of race,
regardless of anything? What if you became the leader
and started a new movement, and started your own
social support groups? What if in that Zumba class, instead of staring at the teacher and hoping the person next to you
does not disturb your routine, or talks to you, or gets you off step, what if you were required
to reach out instead? What if you, would if I, would if we, develop our culture of health
that means we care about connecting? What if we realize that our social health is just as important as
our physical health and our mental health? On behalf of my uncle,
who died at a young age, who was a great orator, I wanted to invite you
to become an innovator in your circle, with your family,
with your mom and dad and uncle, and begin a new tradition,
and begin a new social support circle that stops us from being one in two,
that makes our numbers different, and gives us positive health
for years to come. Thank you very much. (Applause)

3 thoughts on “Social Support & Wellness | Chandra Story | TEDxOStateU

  1. I have studied personal wellness, nutrition and personal trainer I'm gonna make what your saying much more clear for the dumb people get off your ass put down the phone and move go play with your kids,go for a run we did this when we where kids DO IT NOW this is why your fat stop eating sugar don't eat till your full don't listen to dumb crap like Shaun T or Tanya or any if that fake work out go do something

  2. Either people become less selfish or more selfish! We can't change other's and it isn't our business to control other's !

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