Healthcare by the people

A new documentary brings home what so many of us already realize: health is Not what is delivered in a clinic or hospital. Health is what happens in a community and in the homes and personal lives of individuals, families and towns across the country and world. The documentary, called of What Counts, is created by filmmakers Nicole Newnham and Jenni Nelson, and follows the lives of people who challenge the conventional wisdom of health systems and their focus on illness and institutional solutions to health. After all, “

80% of the factors that influence our health are shaped not by access to healthcare or the quality of our care, but by life outside the hospital or clinic.” This concept we believe extends even beyond the disenfranchised and poor. The current American healthcare system has focused exclusively on sickness care while utterly abdicating the role of wellness and health. That is why individuals are communities are taking on the responsibility themselves to discover and promote health, fitness, high performance, and longevity outside of traditional medical centers. And this trend will continue to expand.

Read PRnewswire: New Short Documentary Inspires Us to Rethink 'What Counts' as Healthcare

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