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What makes you healthy?

Understand what helps you live your healthiest life.


Things that impact your health

In thinking about health, you might consider yourself healthy because you aren't sick. You may go to the doctor for a checkup every year, eat well and exercise regularly. But what about the thoughts in your head or your family health history? And taking it a step further, where you live, your job and the relationships in your life? All these things, and more, also influence the health of the whole you.

As much as 80% of a person’s health is determined outside a medical office or hospital. Studies suggest our medical care determines only 20% of our health.1

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  • Health is more than your medical care

    Your environment
    Research shows that where you live can influence how long you live. Where you live impacts access to other things related to your health, such as doctors' offices, healthy food options, exposure to pollution, and more.

    How healthy is your community?
    Compare your community and state to others in the U.S.
    Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

    Is the health care industry involved in supporting communities?
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    Thoughts, feelings, actions
    Mental health and behaviors
    Your state of mind plays a part in how you handle stress, get along with others and make choices. The choices you make, like whether you exercise, drink alcohol or eat well, can be related to your mental health. 

    What can you do?

    Take steps to care for you and your loved ones’ mental health.
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    Medical care
    Support from doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals

    What happens in a hospital or doctor's office matters. Start with a primary care provider you trust.

    Looking for a doctor or other medical provider?

    Contact your health plan to find a doctor covered by your insurance or see if Optum has a clinic near you  or virtual care service that's right for you. 

    Or find a mental health professional near you. 

    Family health history
    Your genetics
    Medical conditions can run in families, so it’s important to share what you know about your family health history with your doctor.

    Some diseases and conditions with a genetic component include:

    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Breast and other cancers
    • Alzheimer’s disease
    • Diabetes
    • Heart disease 
    • High blood pressure

    Does your health care connect with your family health history?

    Social and financial
    Social and financial resources

    Areas of life such as housing, income, education, access to food, transportation, childcare and safety affect our health. Let your care team know if you’re struggling to get a ride to a clinic, cover medication costs, or accessing an internet connection to use a health app.

    The “Until It’s Fixed” podcast breaks down changes in health care focused on making it more about you.
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Connecting everything that makes you healthy

Health for the whole you hasn't always been a main focus.

But that is changing. Companies involved in your health care started working on it before the pandemic, but you may be hearing a lot more about it now. They’re taking steps to consider not only your medical matters but also what makes you unique.

The approach is called whole-person care.


Whole-person care takes into account a patient’s mental, behavioral, spiritual and physical health while recognizing that each of us is an individual, with our own goals and our own preferences for seeking care at different places in our health care journey. When we address all of these factors, that’s when we can deliver on the promise of whole-person care.

– Dr. Wyatt Decker, CEO, OptumHealth

Caring for the whole person goes beyond treating illness, injury and disease. It’s about getting you the care and support you need, where and when you need it.

It's also about giving you clear information, so you can take charge of your health and choose healthy behaviors that may prevent illness.

But if you are one of the more than half of U.S. adults with at least one chronic disease,2 an illness that lasts a long time or needs to be managed throughout life, care that considers the whole you may help reduce the day-to-day burden of a chronic disease.


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1. Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. Medicaid’s role in addressing social determinants of health. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Updated Feb. 2019. Accessed Oct. 1, 2021.
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. September 2020.