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8 Top Tips for Wellness

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 in Prevention and Wellness

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Many causes of health problems and major illnesses can be prevented by choosing a healthy lifestyle. Help keep your body and mind healthy with these top wellness tips from Mills-Peninsula doctors.

Top Wellness Tips:

  1. Keep Preventive Care Up-to-Date: Ask your doctor what screening tests and immunizations are right for you and when they are due. Complete them on schedule.
  2. Know Your Body: If you notice a change that is persistent or of concern, talk to your doctor.
  3. Eat a Healthy Diet: Know the body mass index (BMI) you should achieve to maintain a healthy weight. Eat more foods high in calcium and fiber and low in saturated fat and trans-fatty acids. Enjoy plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  4. Avoid the Haze: Avoid smoking and inhaling others’ tobacco smoke. If you need support quitting, talk to your doctor or visit the American Cancer Society’s Guide to Quitting Smoking for facts, tips and resources.
  5. Get Up and Move: Get your heart rate up. To find your target heart rate for exercise, subtract your age from 220, then multiply that number by 0.7. Enjoy 30 minutes of exercise every day.
  6. Play It Safe: Use sun block, wear a bike helmet, fasten your seatbelt and use the right-sized car seats for kids. Do not drive – or drive with others – who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Practice safe sex. Don’t stay in abusive relationships.
  7. Make Your Wishes Known: Complete an Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD).
  8. Create Balance: Reduce stress and make the most of each day. If you need help managing depression or mood changes, or if you are abusing alcohol or drugs, seek your doctor’s help.

Help ensure that you and your family stay healthy with this easy-to-follow guide for health maintenance guidelines. It provides up-to-date screening and immunization information for each life stage – including when checkups, screenings and immunizations are recommended. And if you don’t have a health care provider, see these tips to find a doctor that’s right for you.

The good news is…adopting a healthy and active lifestyle – along with good preventive care and screenings, improves your overall well-being and has a positive effect on your health and wellness.