Living Healthy Tips:
Follow up on National Women’s Health Week
Join the WOMAN Challenge
The WOMAN Challenge (Women and Girls Out Moving Across the Nation) begins every year on Mother’s Day. Thousands of women across the country embark on an eight-week physical activity challenge for better health.
- Eat breakfast every day
- Drink water (9 cups a day for women – aka: about 2 liters)
- Choose to consume 5 small meals each day
- Chew your food and eat slowly to feel full
- Learn about healthy fats and carbohydrates
- Educate yourself about “diet” or “fat free” food and beverages
The amount of exercise you need depends on the type of lifestyle you want to maintain. For beginners, most experts recommend at least 20 minutes of exercise three times a week. These 20 minutes can be a combination of four 5-minute sessions of exercise, two 10-minute sessions or 20 continuous minutes. Just doing something is better than no exercise at all.
Follow the Healthy Living Pyramid:
Make a Check-up Check List:
- Review your family health history.
- Find out if you are due for any general screenings or vaccinations.
- Write down a list of issues and questions to take with you.
- Consider your future.
(For full information on Check Up Check Lists, see: http://www.cdc.gov/family/checkuplist/index.htm )
Daily Healthy Living in Five Minutes or Less:
Take a Break!
Taking five-minute breaks–whether you sit at a desk, do heavy construction work, or anything in between–can have several benefits. Short breaks can help increase your concentration, alertness, and work speed. They can help lower stress and your risk for on-the-job accidents, soreness, musculoskeletal disorders, and eyestrain. Short breaks are also linked to having a smaller waistline, lower body mass index (BMI), and lower triglyceride levels.