Something I think a lot of us take for grated is how easy it is to get around in our neighborhoods. Now that I've lived in Corvallis for a few years, I know that if I ever needed to get somewhere, I could walk, drive, ride my bike, or take the bus. Unfortunately for a lot of people, that isn't the case. In some neighborhoods it's close to impossible to feel safe, and walking around by yourself isn't something that people think of doing.
In London, they have two things to help with getting around without a car. One of the things they have all over the city is bike racks with bikes that you can rent, right then and there. Not only does this let people travel easier around town if they don't have a car, but it also increases exercise.
The other thing that they have are these notices in crossing areas. Most places in London pedestrians don't have the right-of-way, and driver get very upset if you're in their way. They also drive on the "wrong" side of the street there, and to help pedestrians to remember (and not get hit by a car) the city has pained "Look Right" and "Look Left" all over the streets. Whether they were think of this or not, the city has greatly increased the overall health of the people in their city by posting these reminders.
Did you know that going to college increases your lifespan? The more education you receive, the higher your chances of living to an old age become. But just because you did four to eight years of secondary schooling, doesn't mean that you will outlive your less educated counterparts. Some people need to take more medicines than others, be in for a condition, or just for pain. It's important to always know how you are supposed to take medicines, so you can protect your body. For example, taking pain killers without eating food can be very harmful to your organs, and can wear them down greatly over time. Also, taking antibiotics too often can also be detrimental to your health.
Having kids is a big decision to make, and the fact that the women in poor countries seem to have little say in the matter makes it very stressful. Here in the United States, and as well as other wealthy countries, our ability to decide when (and where) we have babies greatly decreases out overall stress, and helps us to determine when the safest time is. Because most women wait until later in life to have kids, their bodies are fully developed and able to carry, and they are also able to make sure that they are financially able to care for their child once it is born.
A personal health detriment that I am very passionate about is nutrition. There are many places around the United Staes where people lack proper nutrition. There are also some cases where people just don't have much food available to them. In either case, the lack of proper nutrition can cause many health disparities. It can stunt growth, impede neurological development, and can cause stress within families. One of the most important things we can do is make sure that me provide food to children. In many places in Oregon and around the country there are reduced and free lunch programs that help to feed our nations youth. Without programs like this, children are less likely to succeed in school, and are more likely to be under chronic stress.
Lastly, LGBT individuals have been climbing a slow uphill battle for basic rights that are already available to most of the population. In many states, the legislation has already been passed to allow people of the LGBT community to get married, and in a few states, transgendered individuals are being allowed to use whichever bathroom they see fit within public settings regardless of where they are in their transition. Something that is important, and obvious for most people, is that people of the LGBT community are people. They are under attack now just like African Americans were back in the times of slavery. When future generations look back at what's going on now, they will look back with the same eyes that we are currently looking at the slavery years with. All people deserve the same rights and respect no matter what.