According to research, marriage binds couples together in a network of affection, mutual aid, and mutual obligation, and is the outward, visible sign of a couple’s desire to create a lasting love and provide the bastion of support necessary for the growth of healthy children. Healthy marriages protect adults as well as children, mothers as well as fathers. Research indicates that people in healthy relationships experience more physical and emotional health, financial stability, are less likely to be victims of or to commit violent crimes, have decreased risk of drug and alcohol abuse, are less likely to contract STDs, and are more likely to have better relationships with their children. Mounting scientific evidence confirms that the best environment for children to flourish is being raised by parents in healthy marriages and this evidence indicates that in such healthy marriages, children are less likely to engage in high risk behaviors, are more likely to succeed academically, are physically and emotionally healthier, have a better relationship with their parents, are less likely to be raised in poverty and have a decreased chance of divorcing if they get married.
Healthy You Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit formed in 2010 in Dothan. The mission of Healthy You, Inc. is to enhance quality of life for citizens of Alabama through educational health initiatives and public awareness campaigns teaching personal responsibility when making lifestyle choices. For more information, please call 800-656-7197.