Hi, I’m Gabe. I’m an aspiring public health professional looking to share the wealth of knowledge out there and break it down for you. Magazines and TV shows are constantly bombarding our culture with information about losing weight, which foods are bad for you, which products contain unsafe chemicals and how to live a healthier life. Yet somehow our population keeps getting more and more unhealthy. The problem is the media can’t agree on anything. How is a normal person supposed to determine what information is legitimate, and what has been made up to sway decisions? And once you do find a credible source, how are you supposed to understand exactly what they’re saying? That’s what this blog is here for.
- Too much information, no way to sort through it all
- Anybody can say anything on the internet (including me! so keep your eyes out!)
- The people who most need quality information aren’t getting it
So what’s the solution?
Opinion #1 – I believe that everyone should have equal access to healthcare. I believe that everyone should have access to quality information to make their own health decisions. I believe that everyone should be able to live a happy, healthy life.
However, I know how the world works. I know that everything revolves around money. Pharmaceuticals, agriculture, the fitness industry, the medical industry — they all want money. So here’s the kicker: while I believe in the government helping us all out to provide us healthcare, I understand the pitfalls of a too big government, and I understand the importance of a strong economy, small businesses, and private enterprise to push innovation in all of those fields. So what to do? Build from the bottom up. The government cannot be the solution to all our problems, nor can they be the blame for all of our troubles. Big industries are important for making big discoveries and innovations, and may provide a real solution to your problems, but we cannot champion them as the only solution, nor can we only blame them for our problems.
So I think we’ve gotten lazy. We let the government or industries tell us what’s good for us, and how to act, what to buy, and who to trust. It’s time we stood up for ourselves! We need to make our own decisions to make ourselves healthy. We need to look out for our friends and families and communities to make a real change in public health. But most importantly, we need to do something!
Here are my goals for this blog:
- Sift through the information for you and explain what it means for you
- Provide you with tried and true techniques to get you back on track to health (no fads!)
- Break down the really complicated stuff so you can finally understand what’s happening within you and around you
- Teach you something you can share with your friends, family, and community
- Inspire you to be more than a number, and push you to help your community become more healthy as a whole.
We all need to take an active role in our own health. Don’t let laziness kill us. We are the only ones who can make a real change in our own lives, so let’s make it happen.
- Bachelors degree in Exercise Science and Sports Studies, Minor in Nutrition
- NJ State Certified Firefighter and EMT-B
- Personal Trainer
Limitations and Bias
- I am human – I make mistakes, I have my own bias, and I have my own inclinations – If I say something that’s completely incorrect, feel free to correct me
- I am one human – I will do my best to give you the most accurate information out there, but that doesn’t mean I am the know-all, be-all, last stop for all information. I just told you to take an active role in your own health, so do yourself justice and check your own facts, do your own research, and make decisions for yourself.
- I am not a high level public health professional – right now I work on the ground, helping people reach their goals one step at a time. I do not make policies, I do not write laws, and therefore I do not necessarily know exactly how everything works. I will do my best to tell you when something is an opinion vs. a fact, but don’t take everything I say word for word.
- I am a liberal – I believe in a government and economy that works for the people. Therefore I will talk a lot about social justice and equality for everyone. That’s where I come from, so don’t be surprised. On that note, however, as mentioned, I do not want a government that oversteps its bounds, and I do believe that we as a people should be able to make our own decisions. But if I fight for your right to make your own decisions, I expect you to do something about it.
- I’m young. I have a lot of experience in the world, but I know that I don’t know everything. I do not have a master’s in anything (yet), I am not a doctor, I haven’t personally experienced everything life has to offer yet. So please respect what I do know, and respect that there are things that I don’t know. It happens.
I look forward to keeping you guys up to date in the world of health. Keep your eyes open! Keep your minds open! It’s time for you to take back your health. Welcome it with open arms.
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