Wellness embraces a lifestyle that promotes better health and improved quality of life through the integration of the body, mind, and spirit. When health and well-being become our number one priorities, we begin to upgrade the quality of life we lead and we embark on a journey that relays that same quality of life to the ones we love most. Take action today to improve your health and the health of those you love.
Eating is one of the great pleasures of life and a key component of many of our social interactions. However, many of us consume more calories than we actually need. That’s why nearly 69 percent of U.S. adults 20 and older are overweight or obese. Being obese increases your risk for heart disease, diabetes and other serious illnesses.
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We all have habits. Some are good (for example, brushing your teeth before bed), while others can be annoying or even harmful, such as biting your nails or mindlessly eating a pint of ice cream when you feel stressed. Individuals create habits by repeating certain behaviors until they become automatic. Habits free your brain to focus on more important decisions and activities.
We all need it. But few of us consistently sleep as long — or as restfully —
as we should for optimum health. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that about 35 percent of adults regularly get less than seven hours of sleep. Although sleep recommendations vary somewhat, most health experts agree that a solid eight hours for adults is a good night’s sleep.
The dangers of cigarettes and other tobacco products have had health professionals sending up smoke signals for years. Although smoking rates have declined, nearly 18 percent of people 18 and older in the U.S. still currently smoke, and nearly half a million Americans die every year from smoking-related disease. In fact, smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.. ...Read More by downloading below.
If you’re healthy and have no signs of illness, you may still want to schedule regular checkups with your doctor. ...Read More by downloading below.
Health risks can be inherited. Family members share a lot of physical characteristics: hair color, eye color, being tall (or short). Families also share risks for certain diseases, such as heart disease... ...Read More by downloading below.
Laughing actually produces positive physical changes in your body that boost your health immediately and over the long term, according to the Mayo Clinic. For example, laughing:.. ...Read More by downloading below.
There are four key measurements of health you should know and track. They are early warning signs for heart disease and diabetes. Since these two diseases have few noticeable symptoms, you may not even realize you are ill — or at risk for becoming ill — until it’s too late. Keeping these numbers within a healthy range can help prevent a medical emergency, such as a heart attack.
We often call it (affectionately, of course) your birthday suit. It’s your body’s largest organ, weighing in at roughly eight pounds and covering about 22 square feet. Your skin serves many life-sustaining functions, including protecting you from the outside world and maintaining your body temperature. Each square inch of skin contains millions of nerves that allow you feel touch, pain and pressure.
Many skin changes are just a normal part of the aging process. However, others can signal health problems. It pays to know what is normal and what is not.
Making time for yourself allows you to recharge your batteries and counteract the stress and intensity of life, reflect and rewind, fill your creative well (solitude is critical for creativity), be more productive. You can carve out time for yourself
by adding it to your calendar. You schedule appointments with your doctor, your boss and your child’s teacher, so why not with yourself? Set aside a certain evening for yourself or schedule a specific activity that will bring you pleasure.
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