We Must Take Better Care Of Ourselves

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2044

Letter-BP
By Jerry Roker
For Bahamas Press

There are some fundamental things we must as a country seek to further develop, thereby ensuring our success as a country.

Many of us need to re-evaluate our priorities and goals.

The days of wasting money on multiple shopping trips and or cruises have passed us by.
There are probably four main things our income should be used for at this point in time:

• Saving for a down payment on a home
• Paying our mortgages
• Educating our children
• Saving for retirement

The harsh reality is on any given day, anyone of us could be made redundant due to companies cutting expenses and or going out of business.

Cutting out unneeded expenses is akin to cutting out excessive intake of sugar.

We must evolve our own personal financial outlooks.

Speaking of sugar, too many of us have adopted unhealthy lifestyles in regards to our physical and mental health. We need to get more frequent health checks inclusive of:

• Mammograms for women and men
• Colonoscopies
• Diabetes
• High blood pressure
• Glaucoma
• Prostate examinations
• Heart Disease

We have rising health costs because of a number of factors, inclusive of us not having periodic health check-ups. We have become a people who visits doctors only when we become ill, and oftentimes, unfortunately, the proverbial damage has been done.

Part and process is the foods which we intake. Too many carbs and sugars and not enough fruits and vegetables.

As a country we must be more proactive in our use of medical advances that are available to us.
Diagnostic imaging and other tests can now help us to detect possible chronic diseases well in advance of them taking hold of our health.

We must evolve our eating habits and health checks.

Change is inevitable. We will control the change or change will control us.

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