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Health & Genes – Story Prompts That Encourage Families to Be Healthy

What health related experiences or advise may help family? Which family genes get passed between generations?

Explore these Story Prompts about health and genes to bring shared health traits into the light, while encouraging family members to lead a healthy and balanced life.

Someone's hand is being held in support.

Health Advice

What advice would you offer someone with health concerns?

  • What health setbacks have you experienced and what did you learn?
  • Have you made any changes to your lifestyle or habits to improve your health?
  • Are there are treatments or therapies that you would recommend?
  • Some people are reluctant to recognise symptoms and go to the doctor. Do you have any advice or have you regretted this yourself in the past?
Three elderly people, arm in arm, crossing the road.

Health & Fitness Evolution

How has your fitness or health progressed over the years?

  • How healthy and fit were you in your youth?
  • When did you reach your physical peak and what activities were you doing then?
  • How has getting older affected your health and fitness?
An elderly mother holds her daughter's arm.

Inheritable Illnesses

In your family, are there any inheritable illnesses of note?

A lady looking in despair.

Health Symptoms

Are there health symptoms that future generations should look out for?

  • What symptoms have you experienced that others may one day?
  • If you don’t wish to talk about inheritable illnesses, highlighting health symptoms to get checked out is a good alternative.
A lady in a hospital bed.

Health Setbacks

What health-related setbacks have you faced?

  • What have been your greatest health challenges?
  • Did you learn anything from the experience?
  • Were there symptoms prior to the onset?
  • How did you recover?
  • Has it had any lasting impact on you physically or on your health habits?
  • What recommendations would you make for someone with the same health issue?
A young daughter stood between her two parents.

Who Takes After Who

Who takes after who in your family?

  • Perhaps a physical trait, like their eyes, ears or height.
  • Perhaps it’s in their passions and interests.
  • Perhaps it’s their outlook on life.
A mother and her adult daughter look surprisingly similar.

Showcase Similarities

Do you have photos of different family members, clearly showing their similarities?

  • Do you have old photos of ancestors at the age of current family members?
  • Do you see any similarities?
  • Showing the youth in your family that they look similar to their ancestors can be quite an impactful experience.
A lady doing sit-ups.

Fitness Benchmarks

How would you benchmark your fitness today, for future comparison?

  • What does a workout look like for you today?
  • How often do you work out?
  • By tracking what you can do today, you can see how your performance changes over time.
  • By sharing your workouts with family, they can benchmark themselves against you. Imagine having a rough idea of your ancestor’s health at your age – you can offer this to future family.
A lady stretching with the help of her coach.

Health Lessons

What health lessons have you learned?

  • What tips and tricks have you learned?
  • Have you learned by making health-related mistakes?
  • If you could go back in time and give yourself health advice, what would it be?
A smiling lady after her workout.

Wellbeing Advice

What advice do you have for being mentally healthy?

  • How do you try to keep a positive and healthy mindset?
  • Have you had any mental health setbacks in the past?
  • What caused them and how did you overcome them?
A lady walking along a country road.

Health Challenge

Is there a health-related challenge you would like to set your family?

  • Is there a health-related challenge that you could set for your family? Perhaps everyone, or just a select few.
  • Can your family commit to a weekly walk or trip to the swimming pool?
  • Will your family try meat-free Mondays or try out some other change in their weekly diet?
  • Perhaps the famous 100 pushup challenge?
  • Or the 30-day plank challenge?
  • Can you inspire everyone to walk 1,000 miles in a year?

Story Prompt FAQ’s

What is ‘health and genes’ referring to?

‘Health and genes’ refers to the connection between genetics and your overall well-being. It is important to comprehend how your genetic composition impacts your health and vulnerability to various diseases and conditions. Your genes play a crucial role in deciding traits such as susceptibility to particular diseases, metabolism, physical characteristics, and reactions to medications. Talking about these topics with your parents can help you through your own health experiences and ensure you lead a full and healthy life.

What are ‘Story prompts’?

Sometimes it can be hard to get start writing a story. Story Prompts help by providing creative ideas as inspiration. Simirity’s Story Prompts have been designed to ignite discussions in your family and inspire you to ask questions about your family’s past.

How can I use Story Prompts with my family?

Stories don’t have to be written, they can be spoken too. They are designed for both you and your family. As you review the prompts, consider how your parents or a sibling might answer. It you don’t want to write a story down that fine – they can serve as great inspiration for interesting family discussions.

All prompts are built into the Simirity App. Within the app, you can send them to family members as Story Requests. This is a great opportunity to ensure important family stories get discussed and preserved for future generations.


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