Thursday, March 17, 2011

Health Starts Where We Live, Learn, Work and Play

 The Integral Link Between Our Health and Key Social Factors

  • Live: Living Cities CEO Ben Hecht, an effective social entrepreneur, says “No environment is more influential on health than the home.”
  • Learn: Former Education Secretary and former South Carolina Governor Richard W. Riley says education can lead to a longer, healthier life. So we must start by improving the high school graduation rate in this country.
  • Work: Timberland CEO Jeffrey B. Swartz believes the relationship between our work and our health is critical, and business leaders and employees should view “work as a place of opportunity—a source of support, satisfaction and motivation.”
  • Play: National Institute for Play Director Stuart Brown, M.D., says that play shapes our brains, makes us smarter, more adaptable people and more empathetic.
Read all four essays at  http://www.rwjf.org/vulnerablepopulations/product.jsp?id=70928

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