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Published on December 05, 2022

Healthy Tips Video: The Importance of Spending Time With Family and Friends

Hello I'm Christa Flamion, counselor with Employee Assistance Program with Owensboro Health. Today's health tip is about the importance of spending time with family and friends. One of the important things that we have in this life is our relationships to people. And one thing that will always be there, is our family. No matter what, they're always going to be there. You can choose everything else in your life, but you can't choose your family.

One of the important things is to cultivate that relationship. Why? Because, we need to know what our loved ones are doing. They need to know what we're doing. It cultivates that bond. Even though sometimes we might get a little aggravated, frustrated, and let's face it, a little perturbed at our in-laws moms, dads, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles; we've all got them. But spending time with them and remembering them, because you can't ever go back. We're always moving forward.

Another thing is that if we isolate ourselves, it actually increases the chances of depression, anxiety, and all other sorts of mental health issues. Not only in us, but the people that we don't contact. So one of the important things if I can compel you to do is to reach out to your loved ones. I'm sure you're thinking of one right now in this moment, and call them today.

For more information on this topic or other resources contact the employee assistance program at 270-688-1547.

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering; Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital; Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Medical Center; the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprised of over 200 providers at more than 20 locations; three outpatient Healthplex facilities, a certified medical fitness facility, the Healthpark; a surgical weight loss center and program, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center.

On average each year, we have 16,000 inpatient admissions, deliver 2,000 babies and provide the region’s only Level III NICU. Owensboro Health physicians perform nearly 24,000 surgical procedures, including nearly 200 open-heart surgeries. Our physicians and staff have 70,000 Emergency Department visits, more than a million outpatient visits annually. Visit our home page for more information.