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What Does Health Really Mean?



What Does Health Really Mean?
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     challenging words:    injury-causing, sexual, definitive, society, teen, gender, poorly, abuse, heredity, factor, maintain, violent, alcohol, leading, pregnancy, unplanned


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What Does Health Really Mean?
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     What do you think of when someone says he or she is healthy? Most people would answer that question by saying they are not sick. That usually means they are free from disease. Today, though, health needs to take into account lifestyle choices as well as the presence or absence of infection. What does that mean?
 
2     In the 1800s, most people died from infections that were passed from person to person. These infections included polio, tuberculosis, the flu, and pneumonia. Therefore, when a person said he was healthy, it meant he wasn't suffering from an infection.
 
3     Today most of these infections are under control because of advances in medicine and prevention. Many of the factors that affect our health nowadays are lifestyle choices. Lifestyle diseases, such as some kinds of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, are huge health problems in our society. They are caused partly by unhealthy actions and partly by other things.
 
4     There are risk factors associated with any health problem. What are risk factors? Risk factors are things that increase your chances of injury, disease, or any other health problem. There are different kinds of risk factors. Some are controllable; others are not. The difference between the two is obvious.

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