It’s a Balancing Act: Public health and epidemiologic research are validating powerful truisms: lack of sleep, muscle movement, and meaningful connections threaten our well-being. This essential knowledge is reflected in literature and ancient cultural wisdom.
Shakespeare’s Macbeth knew the blessings of a good night’s rest, yet how many know that adaptive immune cells emerge from bone marrow to fight infections while you rest? Or that only muscle movement squeezes surveillance cells through all the tissues of our body- making physical activity a critical component of a healthy lifestyle? And native cultures revere interconnectedness above all- exemplified in the Lakota expression Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ, “All Are Related.” Yet how many, striving for independence and autonomy, fight loneliness and are deprived of the stress reducing, regenerative benefits of connection?
All of us are challenged by balancing lifestyle choices to ward off stress, some are more motivated than others to MOVE, SLEEP and CONNECT.
The aim of this poster campaign is to encourage healthy behavior inspired by public health relevant biology with balanced sources of knowledge- old and new, and across different disciplines, to envision improved well-being for us all.