Tips for a Healthy Life

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Eat Healthy

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” There’s more truth to this saying
than we once thought. What you eat and drink and what you don’t eat
and drink can definitely make a difference to your health. Eating five or
more servings of fruits and vegetables a day and less saturated fat can
help improve your health and may reduce the risk of cancer and other
chronic diseases. Have a balanced diet, and watch how much you eat.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Obesity is at an all time high in the United States, and the epidemic may
be getting worse. Those who are overweight or obese have increased risks
for diseases and conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart
disease, and stroke. Eat better, get regular exercise, and see your health
care provider about any health concerns to make sure you are on the
right track to staying healthy.
Get Moving
More than 50 percent of American men and women do not get enough
physical activity to provide health benefits. For adults, thirty minutes of
moderate physical activity on most, preferably all, days of the week is
recommended. It doesn’t take a lot of time or money, but it does take
commitment. Start slowly, work up to a satisfactory level, and don’t overdo
it. You can develop one routine, or you can do something different every
day. Find fun ways to stay in shape and feel good, such as dancing,
gardening, cutting the grass, swimming, walking, or jogging.
Be Smoke-Free
Health concerns associated with smoking include cancer and lung
disease. Smoking triples the risk of dying from heart disease among those
who are middle-aged. Second-hand smoke – smoke that you inhale when
others smoke – also affects your health. If you smoke, quit today! Helplines,
counseling, medications, and other forms of support are available to help
you quit.
Get Routine Exams and Screenings
Sometimes they’re once a year. Other times they’re more or less often.
Based on your age, health history, lifestyle, and other important issues,
you and your health care provider can determine how often you need
to be examined and screened for certain diseases and conditions.
These include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sexually
transmitted diseases, and cancers of the skin, prostate, and colon. When
problems are found early, your chances for treatment and cure are better.
Routine exams and screenings can help save lives.
Tips for a Healthy Life for MenGet Appropriate Vaccinations
They’re not just for kids. Adults need them too. Some vaccinations are
for everyone. Others are recommended if you work in certain jobs,
have certain lifestyles, travel to certain places, or have certain health
conditions. Protect yourself from illness and disease by keeping up with
your vaccinations.
Manage Stress
Perhaps now more than ever before, job stress poses a threat to the
health of workers and, in turn, to the health of organizations. Balancing
obligations to your employer and your family can be challenging.
What’s your stress level today? Protect your mental and physical health
by engaging in activities that help you manage your stress at work and
at home.
Know Yourself and Your Risks
Your parents and ancestors help determine some of who you are. Your
habits, work and home environments, and lifestyle also help to define
your health and your risks. You may be at an increased risk for certain
diseases or conditions because of what you do, where you work, and
how you play. Being healthy means doing some homework, knowing
yourself, and knowing what’s best for you… because you are one of a
kind.
Be Safe – Protect Yourself
What comes to mind when you think about safety and protecting
yourself? Is it fastening seat belts, applying sunscreen, wearing helmets,
or having smoke detectors? It’s all of these and more. It’s everything
from washing your hands to watching your relationships. Did you know
that men at work die most frequently from motor vehicle incidents,
machine-related injuries, homicides, and falls? Take steps to protect
yourself and others wherever you are.
Be Good to Yourself
Health is not merely the absence of disease; it’s a lifestyle. Whether it’s
getting enough sleep, relaxing after a stressful day, or enjoying a hobby,
it’s important to take time to be good to yourself. Take steps to balance
work, home, and play. Pay attention to your health, and make healthy
living a part of your life.

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