It has been hard to present health information to the public when it is information that they probably know but don’t see it as important to them at the time. Information needs to be relevant to our lives in real time or we tend to ignore it. For example, there are numerous messages presented about preparing for emergencies before an emergency happens. But national data shows that less than 50% of Americans actually prepare for an emergency before it happens. They wait until just before an event is looming and find that the store shelves are empty and they can’t get the supplies that they need.
For as long as this paper has published (and for the years before in BethWood News) I have provided health education columns as a service to the residents of Quinnipiack Valley Health District, your local public health department. I have tried to bring you current health information that was unbiased (despite my own beliefs!) and intended to give you the information you needed to make informed decisions. I hope I have succeeded.
This is my last column as I am retiring on September 29. I have enjoyed my 32 years at QVHD and the opportunity to serve its residents. I have met many wonderful people. I leave you with these final thoughts:
- Try to find the blessings in your life despite your sorrows. This is a difficult world we live in, with much stress, violence, discord and destruction. But there is always someone worse off than you. Hence the adage, “I felt sorry for myself because I had no shoes until I met the man who had no feet.”
- Secondly, to all parents of young children: Despite the stress of balancing jobs, finances, school, activities and household chores, make time to spend with your children a priority in your life. The years go so fast. (My four babies are all grown up.) I look back and think, why did I worry that there was laundry to be done and dust balls all over? They weren’t going anywhere, but my children were. If I could do it all over, I would take my own advice!
Thank you for the opportunity to serve the community through this health column. Wishing health and happiness to you and your family.
- Deborah Culligan, author of this column