What part of your life has the greatest impact on your health?

A series concluding today on All Things Considered examines the “social determinants” that affect health – factors like income, neighborhood and education. What part of your life has the greatest impact on your health?

My jobs in personal training, massage therapy, and yoga instruction. If i didn’t do these daily for work, i wouldn’t do them on my own, likely. So my work, and the knowledge that comes with them, keeps me going! -Julie, Howard Lake, MN

  • Lisa

    Money, or the lack thereof.

    I imagine that if I was employed and the stresses from that job affected my health, that would be a “normal” answer.

    Instead, my health has affected my lack of employment and lack of funds. Kind of a backwards answer, but that is my perspective.

  • James

    My ability to Ride Tall, Shoot Straight, and Speak the Truth.

  • Paul

    The long hours I spend working can’t be healthy. But then, its the only way I can get health insurance.

  • Steve

    My kids. They’re wonderful in the sense that they’re my children, but they cause undue stress, bring home all manner of diseases, and are slowly killing me.

  • Paul

    Working my fingers to the bone has enabled me to afford boney finger therapy.

  • Curt

    No job has equaled no car. But the hours riding a bicycle and walking have caused me to be more fit and healthy than I’ve been since I was a teenager.

  • Mike in St Paul

    For me, it’s my lack of stress. I love my job, I have a great wife and wonderful child. They make it so easy for me to stay stress free.

  • Heidi

    Understanding of and Access to healthy food choices: I subscribe to a local farm that delivers organic produce grown in nutrient-rich ground for my mostly raw diet. What meat and fish I choose to buy is organic, grass-fed or otherwise pesticide/ hormone/ chemical-free/ free-range. I don’t spend money on eating out or on daily meat. I stay healthy by maintaining this diet and therefore save money on high-deductable health insurance, no need for doctor visits, and no prescriptions.

  • Sandy

    We eat only real, actual food (no industrial/chemical pseudo-food) and avoid prescription and OTC drugs. As a result, we rarely get sick and it is mild when we do.

  • april

    Yoga. Hands down(ward facing dog). Though the asana (the bending/stretching/strengthening postures), what we usually equate with yoga practice, is wonderful exercise that keeps my body in shape, it’s the other 7 yogic limbs that leave me feeling like a complete person. And being wholly human is being wholly healthy, imo.

  • Lisa

    Playing music with my spouse. Sharing something that I love with a person I love.

  • Jim

    Waking up

  • kennedy

    Having young kids is a source of stress in many ways. No free time to decompress, lots of outside demands on your schedule, maintaining a source of income becomes even more critical with dependents…

    I expect this will be balanced out in later years when we become infirm and need their support.

  • queenofromania

    I am sixty-four years old. My father is ninety-four years old. I ride my bicycle twice daily to visit him in his assisted living situation. We are keeping each other as strong and healthy as we can be for our ages by being together and supporting each other, but in a way that differs from when we were both much, much younger.