Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Preventive Power of Moms

It's that time of year again...

With a lot of families passing around a heaping serving of germ, this can be a rough time for moms (and dads) trying to keep everyone healthy.  

Although on some fronts the role of parents is getting less and less attention, in health, the power of mothers is getting a well-earned appreciative nod. 

The latest issue of U.S. News and World Report is all about health. Surprise, surprise, one of the featured columns, by Bernadine Healy (M.D.) is called "Enlisting an Army of Mothers."  She says,
What's missing, I think, is an all-out effort to mobilize moms. Mothers--not doctors or public-health experts--are the nexus of prevention. However weighty a burden this may seem, mom is the figure, everywhere in the world, best positioned to influence the behavior of those she loves, and that's the influence we need to reverse the dismal trend in America's health status.
(You can read the full article here.)  So hang in there! Get out those tissues, arm yourselves with hand sanitizer, and when you start feeling overwhelmed, think about this:
As preventive medicine has emerged as well-care for grown-ups and is now viewed as critical to our nation's health, mom, indomitable, can still be a force at the center.
Way to go!

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