University of Minnesota
Mary Jo Kreitzer, director of the Center for Spirituality & Healing
Taking Charge blog helps you be your own best health advocate
Q&A with Mary Jo Kreitzer
Why did you create your blog?
Kreitzer: To give consumers easy-to-access information that helps them navigate the health system, explore healing practices and develop a personal plan to improve their health and well-being. The blog is a fun and easy way to highlight news that people can use!
Why should we go beyond conventional health services?
Kreitzer: Conventional health services have focused on diagnosis and treatment of disease. To increase the health of the nation, we need to focus on a broader set of issues: healthy food, green spaces, ways to promote more physical activity, teaching kids as well as adults how to take charge of their health.
What's one idea we should remember?
Kreitzer: Take your health seriously and become an informed consumer. Choice is good, but it is important to make informed choices.