Changing your health begins with behavior change. you were to poll every single American adult and asked them about the issue of health and whether they thought it was important, virtually all of them would say yes. People understand that at the end of the day all they have is their health. They realize that their health impacts how long they’ll live and how they’ll feel during those years, as well as what types of activities they’re able to do. The healthier a person feels, in general the happier they are. Health also impacts how successful people often are at their work or how much they’re able to get done in a day, because it directly impacts how much energy they have. This isn’t to say that people with ailments like diabetes and high blood pressure can’t be productive, but they’ll certainly feel better and have more energy throughout the day if they manage those issues as best they can.

One of the best ways to change or improve one’s health is to make a behavior change. Nearly everyone out there does one or two things that are detrimental to their health. For example, someone might eat great organic produce and foods rich in nutrients all throughout the day, but then they eat two gallons of ice cream at night. Somebody else might exercise all the time, but they enjoy a handful of cigarettes throughout the day. Other people spend at least an hour at the gym everyday, but then they come home and eat bags of chips while they play video games. To be clear, it’s totally fine if people have a vice that they engage in from time to time. Eating a bag of chips a couple of times a month is no big deal, and the same goes for ice cream and other sweets. The problems start to arise for a person’s health when they’re consuming those things in large quantities on a regular basis. When it comes to your vices, everything in moderation is the motto you should be living by.

If you happen to notice that you have a vice that’s starting to become a regular part of your day, you’d be better off if you were able to change that behavior and quit doing it. You would not only improve your health, but you’d get a sense of self accomplishment from having quit something that you knew was bad for you but that you were addicted to doing. This is where companies like HealthAware come in. HealthAware is a health company that’s fully committed to helping businesses and hospitals work with these individuals by giving them tools that allow them to change their behavior. For example, HealthAware worked with a school district to develop a program that encouraged their employees to swap sugary drinks for water. They sent out text messages to individuals each day encouraging them to drink more water and less soda, and by the end of the program the school had a huge percentage of their people engaging in this health compliance. At the end, they also provided a bunch of data about how successful the program was, how many people responded to it, and how many people were still active by the end.