Alive 2 Thrive (A2T) aims to promote a positive perspective on life while building upon other healthy lifestyle measures. Recognizing that health is the condition of body, mind, and spirit, A2T strives to assist individuals discover a fresh new outlook of themselves and of their lives. Committed to enhancing people’s self-worth and the journey of life, A2T offers a refreshing brand of healthy living.
People’s good or bad health is determined by their environment and situations – what is happening and what has happened to them, says WHO. WHO says that the following factors probably have a bigger impact on our health than access and use of health care services:
- Where we live
- The state of our environment
- Our income
- Our education level
- Our relationship with friends and family
There is no universal treatment that will reverse any person’s health burdens of any form (socio-economic, genetic, familial). However, studies have shown that a positive attitude greatly improves someone’s health.
Duke University found when they asked almost 3,000 heart patients to classify their health as poor, fair, good, or very good. As reported in the journal Medical Care, those who chose “very good” were about 70 percent less likely to die within three years than those who answered “good.” And they had three times the survival rate of those who claimed “poor” health.
In a study of more than 5,000 people over the age of 65, researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that a poor image of one’s health — regardless of other risk factors — roughly doubled the risk of death within five years. In fact, a pessimistic outlook proved to be deadlier than congestive heart failure or smoking 50 or more packs of cigarettes every year.
According to the Mickinley Health Center, University of Illinois, wellness “is a state of optimal well-being that is oriented toward maximizing an individual’s potential. This is a life-long process of moving towards enhancing your physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, and environmental well-being.”
This movement starts from within. Regardless of health risks imposed by factors out of our control, we can take control of how we will react to these pressures.