The Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge

Yesterday, a friend introduced me to The Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge.  (Thanks, Erika!)  WEGO Health is inviting health activists of all kinds to blog each day during the month of April about health conditions or just health in general.  HAWMC provides daily writing prompts which will help structure (some of) my blog posts through the end of the month.  I know I’m jumping on this bandwagon just a bit late, but better late than never!

WEGO Health’s tagline reads “empowering health activists to help others.”  That’s right up my alley.  As a “social worker,” I’m always advocating and working to help others help themselves.  Yep, I’m on board.

I also think it’s pretty great that this challenge overlaps with my Walkabout 28-Day Challenge.  AND today happens to be National Walking Day.  Something about April is bringing out the health nuts in us all.  My focus throughout this month will be on walking, general health, and wellness.

Today’s prompt?  I write about health because…

  • the more I know about health and wellness, the more likely I am to take steps to stay well.  The more I read, the more I’m encouraged to follow a healthy lifestyle.  Learning is motivating.  And I write to motivate myself and others.  (Hello?  Is there anybody out there?  Am I motivating you?)
  • it holds me accountable.  By committing in writing to make healthy choices, I feel as though I’m bound by my words.  When I keep my promises and consistently make these healthy choices, I am able to see and feel changes in my body and mind.  Simple things like increasing the amount of water I drink, eating more fruits and veggies, and walking daily have given me more energy and a greater sense of well being.  When I’m lacking one or two of the above, I can feel it.  And once I realize how poorly I’m treating myself, I want to do whatever I can to get back to health.
  • illness and disease are everywhere, and I want others to have the knowledge to make small changes that can have huge impacts in their lives.  If I can share just one bit of information that helps just one person make a healthy change in their life, my blogging efforts will be worth it.
  • I like to write!  And writing about health and wellness allows me to write about a topic I really care about.
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