Staying attentive to your mental and physical well-being is essential in the ever-changing, fast-paced world that we live in today. Here are a few tips for keeping your health and wellness on the right track.
- Don’t smoke or use tobacco products. One out of every six deaths in the U.S. can be blamed on smoking. More preventable illnesses are caused by tobacco than by anything else.
- Limit how much alcohol you drink. This means no more than two drinks a day. One drink is a 12-ounce can of beer, a four-ounce glass of wine or a jigger (one ounce) of liquor.
- Eat right. Heart disease, some cancers, stroke, diabetes, and damage to your arteries can be linked to what you eat. Fiber, fruits and vegetables can help reduce your risk of some cancers.
- Lose weight if you’re overweight. Being overweight increases your risk for many preventable diseases. A highfiber, low-fat diet and regular exercise can help you lose weight gradually and help you keep it off.
- Exercise. To help prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, and possibly colon cancer, stroke, and back injury, try to exercise for 30-60 minutes, four to six times a week.
- Don’t sunbathe or use tanning booths. Sun exposure is linked to skin cancer, so it’s best to stay out of the sun altogether or to wear protective clothing and hats – and always use sunscreen!
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