Good news/Bad news about health (and education)
In order for my husband’s insurance not to increase by 15%, I have to get a yearly health assessment, including blood work, then go online and answer a very lengthy and intrusive questionnaire regarding my physical and mental well-being and habits. (I’m trying to mentally set aside the corporate manipulation, out of necessity… “What are they doing with that info?” I wonder. “Is it really a risk-assessment thing? Does our income really relate to our health? Couldn’t someone super-easily fudge these answers? It stinks that we are compelled to answer these questions.” I would say that I’m normally not paranoid, but giving that much personal information might tip me over the edge.)
Last year, I scored a 96/100, this year 98/100. I think that exercising more was the key to the improved score.
However, here’s what’s weird/scary to me: I felt rather like I did when my kids scored Post High School on a nationally standardized test (at ages 10 and 12). I mean, it’s fabulous, and I’m pleased… but the fact is that both tests are comparative ones. They assess how well you do in relation to how others do; they’re not pure assessments in the order of, “Are you doing the best you can?” Because with both school and my health, I would have to say that I’m not at 98% effort. I eat well (not perfectly, but healthily), I have crazy-low blood pressure and cholesterol (genetic, since I eat a ton of red meat), I eke into the “normal” range of BMI…
I’m happy for being given an “A” for health… but that’s what’s scary to me. If I’m at a 98% compared to other 38 year old women in America, then it’s not so much that I’m doing fantastically; it’s that America’s health is in the tank. Same with my sons’ test scores: It’s not that they’re doing so amazingly — although they’re doing well; it’s that America’s education system is in the tank.