This year, make an investment in your health!

January is the month of resolutions and commitments. As we set off in this new year, many people embrace the concept that, with the new year, we can make a fresh start, and make commitments to ourselves to make positive changes to our lives.

Whether you typically make New Years resolutions or not, I'd like to suggest that it's not too late to make a significant change in your life by investing in your health.  Today. This week. Now.

How many companies pay premiums for “Key Man/Woman” life insurance policies?  In addition, most parents or heads of households buy life insurance to protect their families in case of unexpected death.   This common practice of purchasing insurance recognizes that the sudden and unplanned departure of a key leader from an organization or a family can have tragic negative financial consequences.  While the insurance policy can mitigate financial damages, it can’t replace the human being, the “human capital” that is lost.

Consider the consequences when Illinois Comptroller Judy Barr Topinka died, within weeks of her reelection, following a stroke that could likely have been prevented had her risk been fully known and managed.  The greatest loss, of course, is to her family.  But the newspapers now tell us of the political and even constitutional impact of non violent, preventable loss of human life.  Debates over the appointment of her successor, special elections and combining constitutional offices are unfolding.

Or consider Tim Russert, a well known journalist who had a normal treadmill stress test but died a few weeks later of a heart attack.  Would it have not been better for his family had his death been prevented?

Some physicians are guaranteeing that heart attack and stroke can be prevented.   If you find that “over the top,” I’d be happy to share more details in a personal discussion.  My website has information you may find useful:

http://craigbacksmd.com/saving-lives-from-vascular-disease/

The bottom line is that there are affordable, non-invasive tests that can be used to detect silent disease and enable  a more effective plan to prevent heart attack or stroke.

As leaders -- in our businesses, our communities and our families -- we have an obligation to preserve and promote our own health.  When we set the example, good or bad, those we lead will be inspired to better health for themselves.   If we allow ourselves to become ill through bad choices, we also inspire but in a bad way.  We become part of the problem rather than being part of the solution.

There are additional benefits that can be gained by investing in our health, and we will be reviewing these over the next couple of weeks.  Stay tuned!

Best of Health for 2015 and beyond!