Determine your health status by thinking about your health. Do you smoke? Do you involve yourself in risk-taking behaviors that can be hazardous to your health, like smoking, not wearing sunscreen and driving without a seat belt? If your health is not what you want it to be, consider these ways to improve it:
- Preventive screenings: Schedule regular check-ups with your physician to discuss your health.
- Risk factors: Know your family health history, including diseases like cancer and diabetes.
- Exercise: Engage in some type of physical activity every day.
- Nutrition: Plan your meals and make healthy decisions regarding the foods you eat.
- Family and friends: Involve your spouse, family, co-workers and friends in your efforts to get healthy.
- Habits: Avoid the use of all tobacco products.
Do you know how much physical activity you should be getting each day?
- 30 minutes of moderate activity (a brisk walk) at least five times a week.
- 20 minutes of vigorous activity (cycling, jogging or running) three times a week.
- Combine weight training, cardiovascular training and stretching.
Follow these guidelines to make sure your diet is up to par.
- Eat five fruits and vegetables a day.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Balance calories consumed with calories burned through physical activity.
- Make healthier food choices by following
- Limit your salt, refined sugars, caffeine and alcohol consumption.
The benefits of incorporating good health habits into your life are
immense. In time you may:
- Feel better
- Reduce health care costs
- Increase productivity
- Decrease number of sick days
- Increase overall quality of life
Take advantage of Kentucky's Tobacco Quit Line, administered by the Department for Public Health.
Learn more about the Quit Line online; or call the Quit Line at 1-800-Quit Now.