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We live in a timeof Crisis.
An Ecological Crisis
Climate change is causing fires, species extinction, droughts, and rising sea levels, while industrial agricultural practices threaten both humans and pollinators.
A Resource Crisis
As the human population continues its exponential growth, we’re exhausting the planet’s non-renewable natural resources and energy supply: oil, minerals, and fresh water.
An Economic Crisis
Economic inequality is at an all-time high. Our current financial models almost led to the collapse of the entire system back in 2008. Other bubbles appear poised to burst.
A Health Crisis
Mental illness is on the rise, and rates of anxiety and depression are skyrocketing around the world. Inability to manage stress is linked with the five leading causes of death.
A Social Crisis
The costs of war and hardship are rampant throughout the world, with more than 1 billion people hungry: that’s 1 in 7. These social and human costs are high for all those affected.
A . Effort
Life was challenging prior to these drastic changes in the environment and human lifestyle, but today it demands Herculean strength – each and every day.
Faced with a rapidly changing world, our bodies and minds are stressed in ways they have never been before, leading to a rise in what doctors and scientists describe as lifestyle and stress-related illnesses (for example, depression and anxiety).
Lifestyle and stress are also linked to the leading causes of death, like heart disease, cancer, and respiratory illness.
Causes of stress
Lack of social support,
Lack of physical activity,
Economic and societal instability,
A sense of isolation and purposelessness,
Lifestyle & Stress-Related Diseases
Effects of stress
Diabetes (Type II),
Post-traumatic stress disorders,
Immune system dysfunction,
A stark rise in rates of
Depression & Anxiety
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of people with depression and anxiety is increasing: 416 million in 1990 to 615 million in 2013.
Blue Cross Blue Shield reports a 33% increase in major depression since 2013 in every demographic, especially among young people. Anxiety shows similar gains.
In July 2018, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report suggesting that America’s suicide rate increased by 25% between 1999 and 2016.
How can we live a good life?
On the surface, staying healthy seems relatively simple: eat right, exercise, don’t smoke or do drugs, drink moderately, think positively, and get regular check-ups.
However, the reality is much more complex because our physical, mental, and spiritual health are deeply interconnected and linked with the health of society and the ecology of the planet.
We must affect the whole person.
Our state of mind influences our body, and our body influences our mind. Think about how difficult it can be to have a good perspective on life when you are sick or tired.
If we want to have sustainable well-being, we need to address the whole person at once; this is what Anthropedia’s integrative approach is all about.
The Anthropedia Solution
Anthropedia answers the call for improved public health promotion through its innovative training programs and educational resources. Today there is a need for a new kind of helping professional–one who is focused on prevention, lifestyle change, and well-being.
Whether you are an individual seeking to improve your own health and well-being, a professional looking to coach others, or part of a nonprofit or school seeking to educate your staff and improve your own programs, Anthropedia offers a training program to meet your needs.
What is sustainable well-being?
Sustainable well-being refers to a state that allows us to face life’s challenges in the 21st century. We have all had the experience of taking a class and feeling good for a little while afterwards, only to witness the same problems return again. We need to learn how to make fundamental changes in our outlook, behavior, and lifestyle in order to break this cycle. To do this, we need to affect the whole being: body, thoughts, and psyche.