Tips for Maintaining Your Health
Get Regular Check Ups
See your doctor for health maintenance evaluations to maintain optimum wellness. Work with your doctors to know what screening tests are right for you. For the best health outcomes, make sure your immunizations are up to date.
Know Your Body
Stay in tune with your body. If there’s a self-exam for a body part you own... do it! We mean skin checks, breast self-exams and testicular self-exams. If you notice changes that raise concern, contact your doctor immediately.
Eat A Healthy Diet
Learn your Body Mass Index (BMI) to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Strive to eat more foods that are high in calcium and fiber and low in saturated fat and trans fatty acids. That means plenty of fruits and vegetables! Talk to your doctor about taking calcium and other supplements.
Don’t Get Caught In The Haze
Avoid smoking and inhaling other’s tobacco smoke. If you need support quitting, just ask your doctor!
Play It Safe
Practice safe sunning, safe biking, safe driving and safe sex. Wear sunblock to protect your skin from harmful rays. Use a bike helmet (regardless of your age). Fasten your seatbelt and use the right-sized car seats for kids. Avoid driving, or driving with others, under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Practice safer sex using condoms and a reliable contraception method. There are so many ways to help yourself and others stay healthy—you can even “safety-proof” your home to help prevent falls, poisoning and accidents involving firearms and fire. And, don’t stay in abusive relationships. No one deserves to be abused, physically or emotionally.
Make Your Wishes Known
Complete an Advanced Health Care Directive, used to share your medical wishes with your family and caregivers in case a serious medical condition makes it impossible for you to do so. Talk to your doctor about how to record your personal choices using a directive.
Reduce stress and make the most of each day! Find your balance in life between time competing priorities like work, home and fun. If you need help managing depression or mood changes or if you are abusing alcohol or drugs, seek your doctor’s help.
Get Up And Move
Whether it takes household chores like vacuuming or a regular run, get your heart rate up to aerobic levels (220-your age) x 70%. Make it a good-for-you goal to grab 30 minutes of exercise each day.