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Resolve to be Healthy
Here's a word of advice: If you've been working on making or keeping your New Year's fitness and health resolutions. Don’t.
Instead, commit to making small, effective lifestyle changes that can help you take charge of your health and your life permanently. If you resolve to do anything, resolve to:
Eating healthy is easier than you think. You need good quality fuel to keep your body running efficiently. To eat high quality food:
Stay active! Get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day if possible or at minimum, three times per week. Exercise should include a combination of aerobics, which gets the heart and lungs working, and strength training, which tones muscles and helps keep bones strong.
Smoking is one of the top causes of preventable death and can destroy quality of life. Smoking is associated with heart disease, chronic lung disease, and some cancers. So, quit if you smoke and minimize exposure to environmental smoke if you are already a non-smoker.
Make sure you get a good night’s sleep most nights. Rest is vital to your body’s ability to recover from daily stress. You need sufficient sleep to keep you alert each day.
We’ve all heard that laughter is the best medicine. And it just may be true. Incorporate humor into each day. Laughter has a healthy effect on your body. Laughter releases stress-reducing hormones. A good belly laugh even exercises your abdominal muscles!
- Choose food that’s close to its natural state
- Avoid or minimize processed and “quick” foods
- Eat a varied diet of 12-15% protein, 45-65% fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and 30% healthy fats
FOH can help you achieve your lifestyle change goals safely and sensibly. Lighten Up! With FOH is a nutrition and wellness program that provides up-to-date information about healthy eating, setting achievable health goals, and making permanent lifestyle change and FOH’s Smoking Cessation Program provides support as well as quit smoking aids. Also, you can get moving at an FOH Wellness Fitness Center. And don’t forget to stop by an FOH Occupational Health Center (where available) for a free health screening. Your FOH occupational health center can provide you with cholesterol screenings, body mass index measurement, and provide you with your blood glucose levels! Finally, FOH’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help you with strategies to reduce stress and improve relaxation. Check with your agency to determine if you’re eligible for FOH services.
Contact FOH now to learn more about how we can help you stay healthy and well year ‘round.