Towards health and wellness

  • Health
  • Wednesday, 03 Apr 2013

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WHAT does health and wellness mean to each of us? The word “health” itself has a wide definition, with the most well recognised being that created by the World Health Organisation in 1948, stating: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

However you interpret the word “health”, leading a healthy lifestyle is about making choices, healthy choices that have a direct impact on our loved ones.

After all, the most precious thing you can give your loved ones is for you to be there at all times. Yet, health is something we constantly take for granted, and most of us, at one time or another, have been guilty of neglecting our health, often choosing to turn a blind eye to unhealthy habits that can be disastrous to health.

For Lim Keng Hoe, a director of a shipping company based in Singapore, his vice was smoking. “Initially, it was just social smoking, but then it started to turn into an unhealthy fixation, especially when work stress got too much for me to handle. My addiction got the better of me and I ended up smoking several packs a day. I knew that it was affecting my health and I wanted to quit, but I just could not find the will to carry out my intention.”

Lim’s life took a full turn when he discovered that his wife was pregnant with their first child. “I decided my lifestyle choices had to change as I did not want my smoking habit to affect those I love. More importantly, I wanted to make sure that I would always be there for my family and keeping healthy will definitely help me do just that.”

Lim’s wife then introduced him to the Great Eastern Life Live Great Programme’s 21 Days App, which is based on the theory that it takes 21 days to truly change your behaviour, and he decided to give it a go to help him kick his bad habit.

“The App allowed me to share my goal to quit smoking with my friends on Facebook and Twitter, and they have been very supportive. I’ve stopped smoking for more than 10 months now. I owe it to the 21 Days App as it was the one which spurred me to quit smoking,” he observed.

The 21 Days App is part of Great Eastern Life’s Live Great Programme that aims to enable people to achieve holistic wellness and health by providing expert advice, simple health tips, workshops and events, exclusive privileges, wellness tools and rewards with the aim to achieve holistic health and wellness.

This is all to help you realise your intentions to live healthier, better and longer for the ones who matter most.

Choosing to live healthily for the ones you love can indeed be a strong motivational drive for any person. Tan Lay Seong, a Great Eastern Life Group Sales Manager, agrees.

“Although I own a life insurance plan, that doesn’t stop me from taking care of my health. My wife and two children are very important to me and I do not want them to worry about me in the event I fall sick. In any case, I try to follow a healthy diet and foster a healthy relationship with my family by having lots of meaningful conversations,” he shares.

Great Eastern Life, in living up to its brand position as a life company, believes that cultivating meaningful relationships with your loved ones is a vital ingredient in the recipe for holistic well-being.

Research over the past few decades has shown that social support essentially predicts the outcome of physical and mental health for everyone.

Aware of how important and unique family members are to each other, Great Eastern Life has organised talks focusing on family relationships.

For example, no expense was spared for the “Smart for Life Tea Talk” which saw Great Eastern Life flying in Dick Cheng, a professional therapist with more than 20 years of experience in Hong Kong, to speak to a crowd of more than 1,000 people on family ties.

During the Tea Talk organised as part of the Live Great Programme, the audience were enthralled as they listened to helpful and relevant tips on rekindling special feelings and open communication.

“My children are beginning to develop their own opinions and they are different from how we were in the past. The talk helped me have a better understanding of how to better communicate with them and improve family ties,” says Tan, who is a proud father of two children aged six and nine years.

“Trust and commitment is vital in your relationship with your partner, and it is one of the many things which I was reminded of during the talk,” he adds.

Great Eastern Life is the event partner for the Star Health Fair 2013. This year’s theme “Let’s Live Great!” is to inspire Malaysians to lead a healthy lifestyle by being physically and mentally fit. n Join in the journey to health and wellness with your loved ones by visiting Great Eastern Life’s booth and take part in the “Live Great Day Experience” and “Live Great Challenge”. The Star Health Fair will be held in Halls 1 to 3 of the Mid Valley Exhibition Centre from April 12 to 14. It is open from 10am to 7pm and admission is free. For enquiries or to participate, call 03-79671388 (ext 1243/1529) or visit fair.

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