In Greek mythology, Hygeia was a daughter of Asclepius, the god of Medicine. Hygeia was differentiated from her sister Panacea the goddess of medicinal cures in that Hygeia espoused healthy lifestyle decisions and prevention measures.
From Hygeia comes the word Hygeine which is defined as “all of the agencies affecting the physical and mental well being of people” Hygiene is the science of preserving health. “The subject of hygiene includes all of the agencies affecting the physical and mental well-being of people. In its personal aspects, it involves consideration of food; clothing; water and other forms of drink; work; sleep; and exercise; personal cleanliness; special habits, such as the use of narcotics, tobacco, alcohol, etc.; and other kinds of mental health.”
In the context of the diabetic scourge this country is facing we embraced the concept that people’s lifestyle decisions impact their health and inspired by Hygeia’s example, with education and encouragement we might make a difference.