July is Social Wellness Month
Did you know that people who have a strong social network tend to live longer? Social Wellness means giving and receiving social support – ensuring that you have friends and other people, including family, to turn to in times of need or crisis to give you a broader focus and positive self-image.
Healthy relationships are a vital component of health.
- The heart and blood pressure of people with healthy relationships respond better to stress.
- Strong social networks are associated with a healthier endocrine system and healthier cardiovascular functioning.
- Healthy social networks enhance the immune system’s ability to fight off infectious
The health risks from being alone or isolated in one’s life are comparable to the risks associated with cigarette smoking, high blood pressure and obesity.
Social support enhances quality of life and provides a buffer against adverse life events. Positive social habits can help you build support systems and stay healthier mentally and physically.
Contact the Pennyrile District Health Department’s Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist and Registered Dietitian for help you with your social wellness plan!
- Message from University of Minnesota and National Institutes of Health