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Wellness and Health

Healthy Lifestyles

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? (examples: smoking, not wearing sunscreen and driving without a seat belt). If your health is not what you want it to be, consider the following to help improve it:

  • Preventive Screenings: Schedule regular check-ups with your physician to discuss your health.
  • Risk Factors: Know your family's health history, including diseases like cancer and diabetes.
  • Exercise: Do some type of activity everyday.
  • 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.

Physical Activity

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.

or

  • 20 minutes of vigorous activity (cycling, jogging, or running) three times a week.
  • Combine weight training, cardiovascular training and stretching.

Nutrition

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.
  • Follow the food pyramid for your own personal recommended allowances from each of the food groups. View the food pyramid.
  • Limit your salt, refined sugars, caffeine and alcohol consumption.

Benefits

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

Smoking Cessation

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.

 

Last Updated 1/28/2013
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