Minimizing exposure to germs and injury is a critical daily effort. The body can also be fortified against specific germs through immunizations.
1. Principles of Disease Prevention
2. Clean Water
3. Safe Food Preparation *
4. Proper handling of human waste and body fluids
6. Treatment for parasitic worms
7. Cleanliness and sanitation *
8. Tooth and mouth care *
9. Washing and sanitizing laundry
10. Safety in the home—for children and seniors
Controlling habits that damage the mind and body is not only essential to preventing disease but also to optimizing mental, social, and spiritual wellness and to extending life.
1. Health effects of smoking *
2. Health effects drinking alcohol *
3. Substance abuse
4. Avoiding pornography
5. Recovering from addictions
Strengthening the Body's Defenses
Good nutrition helps fortify the body against disease, whether the disease is caused by germs or abnormal body functions. Good nutrition is essential to growth, development, healing, and daily activity.
1. Word of Wisdom—dos and don’ts
2. Basic nutrition *
3. Balanced nutrition
4. Calculating and meeting nutrition needs
6. Being underweight
7. Nutrition for women
8. Nutrition for babies
9. Stretching the food budget
10. Proper food storage
Exercise and Fitness
Exercise and fitness help build and maintain the body and sharpen the mind. They require daily effort and should be adapted to the individual.
1. Benefits of exercise
2. Exercise for children and teens
3. Exercise for adults
4. Exercise for seniors
5. Exercise during pregnancy
6. Exercise when handicapped
7. Alternatives to formal exercise—sitting, water, etc.
Sleep and Rest
Sleep and rest on a daily basis are critical to the rejuvenation of the body and mind by refreshing and strengthening function and helping to prevent disease.
1. Benefits of sleep and rest
3. Sleep apnea
Physical Illness or Injury
Physical illness or injury may occur in spite of the best efforts to prevent them. Dealing with them effectively when they do happen will help the afflicted regain as much health and function as possible.
1. Managing personal and family health needs
2. Diarrhea—ORS, update including zinc
3. Fever, diarrhea, and dehydration
4. Wounds and cuts
5. Mild skin disorders
7. Basic first aid kits
9. Cardiovascular health (heart disease and stroke)
10. Vision—children and adults
11. Hearing loss—children and adults
13. Diabetes and screening
14. Safe blood transfusions
15. Local disease outbreaks (epidemics)
16. Post-disaster health concerns
Mental and Emotional Disorders
Mental and emotional disorders can be just as debilitating and threatening as physical ones and are just as real. They must be acknowledged, understood, and managed with skill and compassion. Just as some physical diseases may have residual effects that require adaptation and compensation, mental and emotional disorders may require the same.
2. Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
3. Autism and Asperger's syndrome
4. Bipolar disorder
6. Post-traumatic stress disorder
7. Dementia and Alzheimer's
8. Eating disorders
Self-reliance helps ensure that the necessary elements are in place to accomplish the above health maintenance efforts regardless of what circumstances may arise.
2. Emergency preparedness
3. Disaster preparedness—FEMA and WHO
4. Growing your own food
5. Container gardening
6. Small animal production
Other community and online resources can help provide information to prevent and manage disease.
1. Community health care resources
2. How to access health information at the LDS Church website, CDC, and elsewhere