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Weekly Wellness Tips

Includes one calendar year of healthy tips.

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Exercise

If using your treadmill for exercise, every 1% incline increases the calories burned by 10%. Thirty minutes of high-intensity exercise a day can help prevent weight gain and metabolic syndrome, adding an incline is a great way to boost intensity.  Check with your doctor to make sure high-intensity activity is right for you.

2

Cooking

Plan your meals for the week and try to get an extra meal out of a casserole or one pot dish you might have made on Sunday.

3

Women's Health

Smoking is the leading preventable cause of heart disease in women. In fact, fifty percent of heart attacks among women 45 and older are due to smoking. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about resources to help you quit. Your life depends on it.

4

Exercise

Be patient: Tackling a new fitness regime is always a challenge. There will be ups and downs, as well as setbacks and victories. Be patient - don't give up!

5

Self Care

Our life is essentially the sum of our habits. What habits would you like to stop doing? What habits would you like to start? Make a short, realistic list. It takes about a month of consistent effort to adopt a new habit, so keep trying.

6

Nutrition - Food Labels

It’s cupboard cleanout time! Go through you cupboards and get rid of items that you may have bought that are high in sodium, fat or sugars. Take a note of them and look for lower sodium, fat or sugar items to replace them. For help reading a food label, go to hap.org and type “Food Label” in the search box and select the document titled, “Healthy Eating: How to Read Food Labels.”

7

Stress Management

Know yourself. You can develop your emotional and spiritual self by journaling to enhance your emotional self-awareness. Journaling offers a way to clarify your thoughts and feelings. Writing down a problem or stressful situation often allows for unexpected solutions.  Journal 15-20 minutes a day or as often as you like.

8

Stress Management

Humor is a positive mood and emotion changer.  Laughter can help relieve pain and increase happiness.  Movies and TV offer an easy venue to experience laughter while alone or with others.  Looking at the silliness of situations can also shift our way out of the blues.  Make arrangements for a ‘laugh night’ with family or friends just to relax, laugh, and keep things light.

9

Financial Wellness

Use a single insurer. Larger insurers usually offer discounts if you use them for car and home, or other coverage. If you have insurance policies with different companies, do your homework to get savings.

10

Men's Health

Our bodies were meant to move.  Regular physical activity not only makes us feel and look better, it improves mood, helps us sleep better and helps keep our weight under control.  It can also increase our libido. Physical activity does not need to be strenuous. Try walking or biking, but if you haven’t been active, check with your doctor before starting.

11

Exercise

The almighty lunge is the one exercise to master that can make the biggest difference in someone’s life. This simple exercise may have a bad rap because some think it can cause knee pain, but there is great news. Lunging isn’t bad for you, bad lunging is bad for you. If done correctly, lunging works all the muscles of the legs in a way that will improve how you move, lift, walk and run all day long. SparkPeople.com, a free weight management website, has videos with instruction on how to properly perform various exercises, including lunges.

12

Cooking

Encourage your children to help you with meals because when they cook it or prepare it - they have ownership of the meal and are more likely to eat it! Visit hap.org/cookekitchen for healthy, family-friendly recipes.

13

Women's Health

Keep your brain and memory sharp.  Learn a new language or hobby. Do crossword or jigsaw puzzles. And it is never too late to learn how to play an instrument.

14

Exercise

Chest up tall! Did you know that if you stand tall when you exercise, you activate the muscle that flattens your belly? It’s easy to do, just pretend you are getting your picture taken. If you are like most people, you automatically stand with your chest up tall. Be sure not to hold your breath. Doing that simple little move can make every exercise a belly flattener.

15

Self Care

Move it or lose it.  Moving our bodies every day decreases the risk of heart disease and other chronic illnesses.  It helps to reduce stress and maintains healthy bones and joints. Take a 10 minute walk three times a day five days a week.  You will look and feel better.

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Nutrition - Food Labels

When looking at a label, every 4 grams of sugar equals 1 teaspoon (small spoon) of sugar. The body's storage capacity for sugar is quite limited, so the sugar and other carbohydrates we don’t use are converted into fat and stored in our body as fat.

17

Stress Management

Avoid negative environments. Although not always possible, work to avoid negative environments. Negativity is contagious!  Draw yourself nearer to people who are supportive and positive.  You can eliminate drama by not engaging in judgmental conversations. Do not speak negatively about anyone.  (This alone is extremely powerful.) Blaming others inwardly or outwardly only de-energizes us. Notice your thought patterns today.  Are they of acceptance or of judgment?

18

Stress Management

Life is better when you are happy but life is best when other people are happy because of you! Be an inspiration, give peace, share your smile. Smile at a stranger today!

19

Financial Wellness

Pack a lunch instead of buying one every day. You will help your waist line and your pocket! Packing your own lunch can save you over 0 a year (that's including the cost of preparing your own lunch).

20

Men's Health

 Your body needs maintenance just as your car does. The only way to know if your body is “running smoothly” is to have your numbers checked. This would include blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and weight. Early detection is the best way to prevent a health issue - just as it does with your car.

21

Exercise

Do you take the stairs? For the average American, climbing stairs for just two minutes a day (six to eight flights) will burn enough calories to prevent annual weight gain.

22

Cooking

Cutting up fruits and veggies into easy to grab snacks will help you to get your 7-9 servings a day that you need. Keep sliced fruit from turning brown by dipping it in lemon water.

23

Women's Health

Yoga and tai chi are two ways to keep your joints flexible and your muscles strong.  It’s important to keep your joints flexible so you can tie your shoes or zip up your dress. More importantly, it can help prevent falls. Try it!  You just may like it.

24

Exercise

To improve your balance and prevent ankle injuries, try this. Stand with slightly bent  knees and bring one of your feet slightly off the ground. Feel your foot and ankle on the floor making adjustments to stay balanced.  At first, hold for 30 seconds and work up to one minute. Switch to the other foot and repeat.  Works best when wearing flats or bare feet.   This is an easy exercise you can do anywhere.

25

Self Care

Emergencies are stressful when you know what to do and very stressful if you don’t know what to do.  Discuss an emergency plan with your doctor. Where does he suggest you seek treatment? Does he take after hour calls? Knowing what to do will take some of the stress out of an emergency situation.

26

Nutrition

You can take a daily vitamin supplement, but try to get most of your nutrients from actual food. The antioxidants, vitamins, and other healthy nutrients found in foods like blueberries, beans, and artichokes don't pack the same punch when they're not in the form of food. Eat a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables as each color contains unique nutrients that others do not.

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Stress Management

Seek Support. When we feel overloaded, overwhelmed, or overworked, or just feeling down or blue it helps to get some support. Support includes using a mentor, advisor, counselor, therapist, friend, family, coach, support groups, workshops and seminars, church groups, spiritual connections, reading materials, books, soft music, CD’s, DVD’s, journaling, and internet sources, etc.  Reaching out when in need is key toward taking charge of our life. We can’t do it all alone.

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Nutrition - Food Labels

Be wary when a product makes a claim like “Endorsed by Moms of the Healthiest Kids” – This kind of statement is meant to influence your buying decision, not to inform you of its actual quality.  So read the ingredient list to know what is actually contained in the product you are buying.

29

Nutrition

Don’t shop when you are hungry – statistics show that you are more likely to make bad choices when hungry.

30

Men's Health

Being connected 24/7 can be a big stressor and chronic stress can negatively affect us psychologically and physically.  Try “unplugging” for a night. That would include TV, phone and computer. Enjoy the peace!  For more information on stress, visit http://men.webmd.com/features/admit-it-men-youre-stressed

31

Nutrition

Although cherries have been known to be a folk remedy for gout, they now have been proven effective by science.  There is a substance in cherries that stops the production of chemicals in the body that cause inflammation and pain. A bowl of 20 cherries (fresh or frozen) a day during a bout with gout is enough to neutralize the swelling with no side effects.

32

Exercise

A rolling stone gathers no moss. Keep your wheels rolling. Bicycling burns excess calories and sheds body fat. One hour of cycling can burn up to 400-500 calories.

33

Nutrition

If taking a supplement to get your vitamins, it is best to have a B-complex or multi vitamin for the B’s.  They work best when taken together….like musicians all together in an orchestra. 

34

Women's Health

Did you know that women metabolize alcohol different from men?  In fact, the current recommendation is that women consume no more than one drink per day. One drink means 1.5 ounces of hard liquor, 5 oz wine or 12 ounces of beer. Consuming more than this can increase the risk of health problems or interfere with medications. Alcohol also adds unnecessary calories.

35

Nutrition

If we increase the fiber in our diet and do not increase water it will become “cement” in the GI tract.  Prevent constipation by drinking a lot of water.  How much is enough?  A good rule of thumb is to drink a glass of water first thing in the morning followed by one every two hours until bedtime. Want to get more specific? Divide your current weight in half, that’s how many ounces of water you need each day.

36

Self Care

When taking a new medicine, make sure you understand the “W’s”.  Why am I taking it? When do I take it? What should I do if I miss a dose? Who do I call if I have any questions?  When should I start to feel better? What are some of the side effects I should know about? Where should it be stored?

37

Exercise

Researchers have found that when we walk, our brains are activated and our “gray” matter is protected.   Brain gray matter is involved in muscle control, seeing, speaking, hearing and memory.  So walk at least a mile a day to keep the mind in tip top shape.

38

Stress Management

Did you know it’s okay to say “no” if you feel drained and exhausted because you may have volunteered too often or just overbooked yourself? It’s okay to back out, gracefully, of course.  “This no longer works for me…” is a statement to use to relinquish some responsibilities that we may have over committed to or do not want to volunteer to do in the future.  When doing this you are also teaching others it’s okay to take care of oneself.

39

Nutrition - Food Labels

When looking at a label, every 5 grams of fat equals 1 pat of butter, or 1 teaspoon (small spoon) of oil. Look for good fats - the unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats include polyunsaturated fatty acids and monounsaturated fats. These can help lower cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease. Avoid the bad fats: saturated and trans fat. Both can raise cholesterol levels, clog arteries, and increase the risk for heart disease.

40

Safe Driving

Don’t end up a statistic! Distracted driving kills. Don’t eat, drink, apply makeup or make phone calls while driving. Do not reach behind you to attend to passengers. If your child needs something, pull over to assist them. And absolutely no texting! Turn off your cell phone while driving or assign a designated passenger to text and reply to calls.

41

Men's Health

Smoking increases your risk of heart disease and lung cancer. It lowers your good cholesterol (HDL), temporarily raises your blood pressure, makes it more difficult to exercise and can affect the health of others around you. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about resources to help you quit. Your life depends on it.

42

Exercise

Wear proper shoes when you exercise and your feet, and knees, and back will love you. The most important piece of equipment to virtually any kind of exercise is the right pair of shoes.  Go to an athletic shoe specialty store to get an expert insight on the right shoe and the best fit.

43

Nutrition

Our bodies need clean, pure water.  Don’t wait until you are thirsty or have a dry mouth. To determine how much your body needs; take your body weight (in pounds) and divide in half… that number is how many ounces you should be drinking daily.

44

Skin Care

“Beauty is skin deep”…. Researchers found that even a small increase in eating fruits and vegetables (especially red and yellow foods ) during a 6 week study gave participants improved skin quality. So add a few more servings each day of fresh produce for a healthy glow.

45

Self Care

The food we eat can make us sick or keep us healthy. To stay healthy, be sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Choose leaner cuts of meat and remove the skin from chicken and turkey. Limit sugary drinks and foods.  And be sure to watch the portions.  Remember, calories in and calories out. If you take in more calories than you are burning, you will gain weight.

46

Self Care

Be prepared when you go to the doctor’s office.  Write down the top three health concerns you want to discuss and bring all medicines and supplements with you.  If you take your blood pressure or blood sugar at home on a regular basis, be sure to bring all those results with you.

47

Exercise

Shower Warm-up -- While waiting for the shower water to get warm; stretch arms up one at a time reaching for the ceiling. Start slow and continually speed up. (Improves circulation)

48

Stress Management

Gratitude is the power of being thankful.  Gratitude is recognizing and concentrating on the good things in life and being thankful for them.  Start and/or end your day by noticing what you have or what you are grateful for.  There are positive emotions linked to being grateful.  Write down three things daily you are grateful for and watch your mood change.

49

Cooking

Try an all-vegetable stir fry over whole grain rice. The taste may surprise you. The key to a crispy stir fry is very hot oil—your veggies will cook quickly instead of soaking up unneeded fat. 6. Pack a lunch instead of buying one every day. You will help your waist line and your pocket!

50

Financial Wellness

Prepare to brown bag.  Eating out is expensive and so are vending machines. Plan your lunches ahead of time by making several meals you can freeze. Buy your snacks at the grocery store, then place snack portions in plastic bags to grab and go. You could easily save 0 per month if you implement both suggestions.

Provided to HAP by Robin Thompson, the Money Coach for WXYZ-TV Channel 7, president of Budget Wise Consulting (www.budgetwise.net).

51

Exercise

Twist and shout! Did you know that you were designed to twist when you move? Twisting is what allows people to be the best athletes. In fact, reminding your body to twist at the hips is one of the most important things you can do. It’s easy – try this exercise. Begin walking and on each step place your food down on the opposite side of the centerline of your body. Another exercise is to stand and reach your arms across your body, alternating with your right and left arms. Or, do the "Twist" dance of the early 1960’s.

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Self Care

Happiness is a choice. You can choose to live in the moment and enjoy what you are currently doing, or wish you were doing or enjoying something else. What’s your choice?

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