Academic journal article Human Ecology

Healthy People, Families, Communities

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Healthy People, Families, Communities

Article excerpt

What does it mean to be healthy? The subject of health and even the word itself can be vague. Is a healthy person physically fit? Does he or she have a happy home life? A good job in a comfortable setting? Access to excellent health care and insurance? If any of these components are missing, can a person still be labeled as "healthy"?

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Throughout its history, the College of Human Ecology has been dedicated to the betterment of human life. Building and maintaining healthy families and communities is at the core of our mission, a mission we are proud to say is reached through a unique combination of disciplines.

In this issue of Human Ecology, you will read about the ways in which iron deficiency is negatively affecting individuals in impoverished communities around the world, especially young children. Our researchers are working to repair the damage caused by this deficiency and to find ways to introduce this essential nutrient into the diet of these people. It is a significant and important undertaking. Still, good health is not only about nutrition or even about one's physical state. Indeed, a healthy individual is one who is physically, psychologically, and socially healthy. This is our college's focus.

Whether it is through the design of a workspace or home, the application of complex thinking and broad-based research to the mental health issues of children, or the painstaking collection of an archive on abuse and neglect, our faculty and students are approaching the subject of health in myriad ways. …

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