Definition of Healthy
During the first semester of graduate school, a professor asked my small class how we defined community. Many of us immediately mentioned something in relation to the physical address of our home. However, this professor proposed to us that community means much more than an individual's physical address. To your coworker, he or she might associate community with their religious affiliation. To your grandparents, they might associate community with the group of friends they play cards with once a week. Community means something different to everyone, yet, everyone is correct in their definition.
Over the last few weeks as I've gotten more into my job as a health coach, I've started to notice a similar reaction to the word healthy. For some individuals, healthy simply means not having to take any prescribed medication. To others, it means being able to have enough energy after work to go home and play with their children. Webster's Dictionary gives four definitions of the word healthy.
To prove my point, I reached out to friends and family and asked one simple question: What does healthy mean to you? These individuals come from different backgrounds, fields of employment, and varying levels of education. While we may all view the word healthy differently, I think it's important to understand and appreciate our varying viewpoints.
What does healthy mean to you? Leave a comment below!