Medical insurance and healthcare continues to be a main topic of American conversations.

Our lives are all we really have, and good medical care is imperative to preserve our lives.

Americans must have a dual effort when it comes to healthcare. We need a good plan for covering the expense involved in medical care. Secondly, we need a prevention plan.

Healthcare has to begin in elementary school and continued through high school and throughout our daily adult lives.

School children must be taught and reminded throughout school about the dangers of soda pop, candy and sugary foods in general.

We have to be reminded that vegetables and fruit are vital to daily health. We have to be taught and reminded about the health dangers of cigarettes, vaping, alcohol and drugs (illegal and legal).

Physical education (PE) classes must be serious agendas in every school district in America. The payout could save our country billions in expensive medical care and produce a healthier, stronger, better America.

We can no longer allow health and PE to be electives and they can no longer be one semester of high school. This must become a 12-year national effort.

First-graders through high school seniors must have weekly time set aside for activities that encourage body movement, whether its sports, walking, running or playground activities.

We must have ongoing health education pertaining to our eating habits, drugs, mental health and practical life lessons for life stability.

We most likely would be hard pressed to come up with eight semesters of health and PE for high school. However, two or three semesters of health and PE would not hurt us.

One semester and done isn’t working. Of course some school districts did away with PE years ago. Thus more and more of our teenagers and young adults have been plagued with obesity, drug and mental health issues.

So many millions of Americans are struggling with mental health, and so are our school children.

Depression, anxiety, paranoia, insecurity, low self-esteem, hatred of other classmates and bullying scenarios are all mainstream daily school challenges.

Gun violence, drugs, isolation from family and people are not the answers to these problems. Routine health classes that address mental coping and ways of resolving these challenges are crucial to the health of America.

Obesity results in numerous diseases — cancer, coronary artery disease, Type 2 diabetes and stroke.

Obesity is one of the biggest drivers of preventable chronic diseases and healthcare costs in the United States. These medical problems cost Americans from $147 billion to $210 billion per year.

We spend about $200 billion on mental disorders in America. Mood disorders, major depression, bipolar disorders and anxiety makes this our highest healthcare cost in America.

Americans need a medical insurance plan.  However, the best medical insurance plan in the world cannot buy back a lifetime of poor health choices and mental disorder.

While we are trying to solve the medical insurance issue, we must work on America’s health education program from the ground up.

 

GLENN MOLLETTE, Ph.D., is the author of 12 books. His syndicated column is read in all 50 states. His email address is gmollette@aol.com.

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