Health is a main and basic thing in life. The success of a health program cannot be separated from the participation of  the community that’s originated from families. The family environment provides a basis for a person to have healthy habits, behaviors and lifestyle. Therefore, efforts to instill  clean and healthy living behavior in society must start from the family environment. The role of the family is so important in instilling a healthy lifestyle, so that  the Indonesian government decided   the family as the central point of the 53rd National Health Day that falls on November 12, 2017. 

In the 1990s, the biggest causes of death and illness in Indonesia were infectious diseases such as upper respiratory infections, tuberculosis, and diarrhea. But since 2010, non-communicable diseases such as stroke, heart diseases, and diabetes have had  a larger portion in health services. The shifting of  the diseases cannot be separated from the change in lifestyle and diet today. The changes from the traditional to western diet such as fast food that contains many calories, fat and cholesterol, plus stress and lack of physical activity, especially in big cities start bringing about an impact. As a result, many people suffer from increased obesity and degenerative disease such as coronary heart disease, hypertension and diabetes mellitus. 

The shift in this type of disease results in a burden on state health financing. The resources to treat non-communicable diseases need not only high expense but also a long-time recovery. Here is the significant role of the family in instilling a healthy lifestyle among family members, especially children.  A healthy family will produce a healthy generation. In addition, it  will boost the productivity of the family itself. The more healthy families are, the higher the level of state’s  productivity  is. Ultimately, it will  reduce the burden of the state in the financing of health services.

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