Helen Lee Schifter on Promoting Wellness During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a renewed interest in health and wellness, according to many experts and commentators. For far too long there has been a lack of appreciation of the value of health and wellness. Helen Lee Schifter has addressed these issues in various unique ways. The changes that are happening in our world are both vast and rapid. It  can behoove many of us to take a deep breath and reflect on our priorities in life; and whether our health is where it  ought to be, on the totem pole. 

According to Crunchbase Helen Lee Schifter has been quite vocal about the need for Americans – and especially our nation’s youth, to take its health and wellness far more seriously than it  traditionally has. The idea that the Coronavirus pandemic will bring about such a thought process among members of American society is rather hopeful; but it’s also understandable, and comes with a fair amount of rational justification. 

The Coronavirus pandemic demonstrated many different things to the world. Many countries of course, proved ill-prepared to properly combat it and avert it , let alone mitigate its damaging circumstances. And of course, these nations’ citizenry ended up laying victim to this epidemic. The programmatic circumstances should have been taken more seriously by the governmental authorities. But much could have been done in the years and even decades prior, to ensure that there was more of an emphasis placed on healthy living. 

Health and wellness should be prized, according to Helen Lee Schifter. In an interview with Medium, Schifter elaborated on the value of health and wellness and the need for prominent members of society – and those that are well recognized with built-in audiences of their own, to exercise their responsibility, by conveying this important message to their followers. Putting our lawmakers and government officials aside for a moment, let’s instead consider also what we in the private sector can do ourselves, on our own recognizance, when left to our own devices. 

These are social issues that should be lent the sort of importance and significance they deserve. Unfortunately, it’s become increasingly clear over time that they are not. And at the expense of what? Well, career development and professional development are certainly pursuits that we are very careful to instill properly in our nation’s youth. And surely there’s no need to belittle the importance of encouraging young people to pursue their professional development and to take it  seriously. Certainly, young people ought to take their academic pursuits as seriously as possible. And that should be continued to be encouraged – as it  truly has great value not only for the development of the particular young person; but also the constructive effects it  inevitably has, on society writ large. 

But why has this been done at the expense of, and even at the cost of neglecting these same young peoples’ health? That’s the question that Helen Lee Schifter has consistently sought out the answer to. It’s a question that justifiably confuses many. But it  shouldn’t. There needs to instead be proper and substantive change that is made in order to redefine the paradigm on these issues. 

The importance of health and wellness should be taught to our children from the time they enter pre-k, onward. That’s not an overstatement at all. On the contrary, it’s one that ought to be embraced. And there is a certain level of onus and responsibility that the appropriate government agencies have, in order to promote these issues. The department of health should be collaborating with the department of education on these important issues. When one considers the obesity epidemic and some of the rather extreme health issues plaguing the youth of America, it  is not an exaggeration to say the physical health of our nation’s young people is at stake. For that, we must all feel encouraged to act now. We must not delay – for our young people deserve our attention, dedication and devotion. 

Values like Charity and Life certainly matter greatly; and we should be continuing to educate our nation’s youth of the importance of being studious and generous. But we mustn’t allow our desire to educate our young people about important and virtuous values, to take place at the expense of educating them of the importance of fundamental core issues that literally affect their life-span, and their quality of life. Let us keep our eyes on the ball, and remain focused.