Good health: An INVESTMENT or EXPENSE?

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Dr. Nekita Sullivan
March 21, 2024
Good health: An INVESTMENT or EXPENSE?

Good health: An INVESTMENT or EXPENSE?

The US has one of the highest costs of healthcare in the world. In 2022, U.S. healthcare spending reached $4.5 trillion, which averages to $13,493 per person. By comparison, the average cost of healthcare per person in other wealthy countries is less than half as much. How do we decrease spending on illness and injury? Is good health attainable? What is good health? Good health and wellness encompasses a state of physical, mental, and social well-being in which an individual is free from illness, injury, or disease and is able to function optimally in their daily life. Here are the key components of good health:

Physical Health: This aspect of health refers to the proper functioning of the body's physiological systems. It involves maintaining a healthy body weight, having adequate nutrition, engaging in regular physical activity, getting sufficient sleep, and avoiding harmful substances such as tobacco and excessive alcohol. Physical health also includes regular medical check-ups, screenings, and vaccinations to prevent illness and detect health issues early.

Mental and Emotional Health: Mental health encompasses emotional well-being, cognitive function, and the ability to cope with stress, challenges, and life's ups and downs. Good mental health involves having a positive self-image, managing emotions effectively, fostering healthy relationships, and seeking support when needed. It also includes activities that promote mental wellness, such as mindfulness, meditation, therapy, and stress-reduction techniques.

Social Health: Social health relates to the quality of an individual's relationships, social connections, and community engagement. It involves maintaining supportive and fulfilling relationships with family, friends, and peers, as well as participating in social activities and networks that provide a sense of belonging and support. Strong social connections have been linked to better mental and physical health outcomes.

Spiritual Health: Spiritual health pertains to a sense of purpose, meaning, and connection to something greater than oneself. It can involve religious beliefs, values, ethics, and practices that provide guidance and support in navigating life's challenges. Spiritual health may also encompass activities that foster inner peace, reflection, and personal growth, such as meditation, prayer, or involvement in community service.

Environmental Health: Environmental health focuses on the relationship between individuals and their surroundings, including the air, water, food, and physical surroundings. It involves promoting clean and safe environments, minimizing exposure to pollutants and hazards, and supporting sustainable practices that protect both human health and the natural world.

Overall, good health is a multidimensional concept that encompasses physical, mental, social, and environmental well-being. It is not merely the absence of illness but rather a holistic state of thriving and flourishing in all aspects of life. Striving for good health involves adopting healthy lifestyle habits, seeking preventive care, nurturing relationships, managing stress, and making choices that promote overall well-being.

The statement that "good health is an investment, not an expense" highlights the importance of prioritizing one's health as a foundational element of a fulfilling and productive life. Here's why this perspective is valuable:

Long-term Benefits: Investing in your health pays off in the long run by reducing the risk of chronic diseases, increasing longevity, and enhancing overall well-being. This can lead to fewer medical expenses and a better quality of life as you age.

Productivity: Good health is essential for maintaining productivity in all aspects of life, whether it's at work, in relationships, or pursuing personal goals. When you invest in your health through exercise, proper nutrition, and stress management, you're better equipped to perform at your best.

Preventative Measures: Investing in preventive healthcare measures, such as regular check-ups, vaccinations, and screenings, can detect health issues early when they are easier and less expensive to treat. This proactive approach can save both money and suffering in the long term.

Quality of Life: Good health allows you to enjoy life to the fullest by participating in activities you love, spending time with loved ones, and pursuing your passions without being hindered by illness or physical limitations.

Financial Impact: While there are costs associated with maintaining good health, such as gym memberships, nutritious food, and healthcare expenses, these investments often pale in comparison to the financial burden of treating chronic illnesses or recovering from serious health issues.

Overall, viewing good health as an investment underscores the idea that prioritizing wellness is not only beneficial for individuals but also for society as a whole. By promoting healthier lifestyles and access to healthcare, we can create a happier, more productive, and more resilient population. Dr. Nekita Sullivan is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, certified Yoga Pilates, and certified health education specialist providing physical therapy, yoga, Pilates, and wellness services. She has 20 plus years of experience. Yoga Therapy Bar is proud to offer services in downtown Clemson, virtually, and off-site to Upstate residents a.k.a. VIP residents. Physical Therapy services are 1 hour in duration one-on-one. Pricing options include a flat fee for one treatment or a package fee for multiple treatments. No referral is needed. There are no insurance limitations.  Appointments are available the same week. Email Dr. Nekita Sullivan at for details. You can also check us out on the web at and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Linked In. #physicaltherapyClemson #handtherapy #clemsonphysicaltherapy #clemsonyoga #yogaclemsonsc#Pilatesclemson #yogaphysicaltherapy #physicaltherapyyoga#physicaltherapyclemsonsc #bodyandmind #holistic #massageclemson#clemsonmassage #yogatherapybar #wellness #goodhealth