Download Lola's Life Lessons: Session 1 (217k) handout.
One of my favorite proverbs is:
“Aanhin pa ang damo, kung patay na ang kabayo.”
Translation: “What good is the grass if the horse is already dead?”
When the doctor told me I had high blood pressure, your Lola was surprised. I do not know of anyone in my family who had high blood pressure, but the doctor said my parents’ generation might not have known about all of their health conditions.
When I first came to the United States, I thought I was lucky to be able to afford such good food here. I never thought about whether the foods had too much salt or too much fat. And since living in the United States, I do not walk everywhere like I did in the Philippines. But now, I realize that life is too valuable to overlook these things.
I decided that I have to change my eating and physical activity habits to keep the horse from dying. What good is it if I am here, but unhealthy or suffering? How will I play with my grandchildren and help them become healthy adults? I have learned that knowledge is wealth that cannot be stolen, and I now eat healthy and do physical activity regularly. If I can change my habits at this age, anyone can. It really brings a lifelong reward to yourself and your family.
A Time to Reflect…
What things keep you from making lifestyle changes? What can you do to overcome these things?
Write down your thoughts for this week's session.
Information on this page is taken from the English print version of “Healthy Heart, Healthy Family: A Community Health Worker's Manual.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, NIH Publication No. 08-3674, Originally Printed 1999, Revised May 2008.
Last Updated March 2012