Being healthier starts with YOU

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Start managing your health with these steps.   

Taking charge of your health begins with you. In today’s busy world, it’s easy to get caught up in taking care of others’ needs, especially if you have children. But, it’s just as important to also take care of yourself and one important component of a healthier you is regularly scheduled check-ups and screenings. Regular health exams help to identify potential health problems in their early stages or in some cases, before they begin. For a full list of to-dos when it comes to your regular health exams, or even check lists of questions to ask your physician during your next visit, click on this link.                                                                                        

Be informed about what you buy

When you walk up and down the aisles of your favorite grocery store, you see labels all over the place touting “organic” or “fat-free” giving you the impression that one item might be healthier for you than another but in reality, picking what’s best for you and your family is a little more involved. While the nutrition facts label is regulated by the FDA, what you see on the front label of your favorite food products isn’t as closely monitored. For more information and tips, see this story by U.S. News & World Report.

Know your family medical history

When thinking about how to reduce our risk of disease, most of us think about eating healthy and exercising, right? Did you know that one of your strongest influencers of disease is your family’s medical history? Your genetic make-up can put you at an increase risk for things like cancer, stroke, diabetes or heart disease. This is why it’s so important to know your family’s medical history because with this knowledge, you can begin taking preventative measures now to avoid health complications later. The CDC has some great information that you can use as you prepare to investigate your family’s medical history here.

Find a healthy balance for diet, exercise and stress

A healthier you begins with a good balance of diet and exercise. A diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables provides a number of the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. Couple this with regular exercise and it’ll help you reduce the amount of stress in your life. 

Schedule regular checkups and screenings

Taking charge of your health begins with you. In today’s busy world, it’s easy to get caught up in taking care of others needs, especially if you have children. But, it’s just as important to also take care of yourself and one important component of a healthier you is regularly scheduled check-ups and screenings. Regular health exams help to identify potential health problems in their early stages or in some cases, before they begin. For a full list of to-dos when it comes to your regular health exams, or even check lists of questions to ask your physician during your next visit, click on this link.