You Are Your Best Health Advocate
Take Control Of Your Health
It’s common for people to wait until something happens to start taking their health seriously. We would prefer to help our patients before health issues pop up. So, take control and create a healthier lifestyle for you and your family.
Here are 6 changes you can start making today. But, don’t get overwhelmed, remember that even one small change can start making an impact. The important thing is that you start.
More than 60% of your body is made up of water. It’s needed to carry out body functions, remove waste and carry nutrients and oxygen around your body. So, drink up!
Etiquette dictates that you finish your plate or keep eating if everyone else at the table is eating too. But, these are external cues to throw out the window if you’re wanting to control your weight. Listen to your gut and learn when it’s time to stop.
Pick physical activities that you enjoy and you’ll naturally want to do it. And, don’t forget to mix up your activities. Go walking in a different area, go kayaking at the lakes, play disc golf at the park, or go for a swim at a friend’s pool.
We know with kids and heavy work schedules sleep can be the first thing to go. But, when you don’t rest well, you compensate by eating more (usually junk food). Don’t snack to stay awake. Get the sleep you need and decrease your need for snacks throughout the day.
Too many of us circle the parking lot looking for that perfect spot. But, if your goal is to get in a few extra steps, you’ll find plenty of spots available in the back! Or, do you have stairs in your apartment or at work? Skip the elevator. Small changes make big impacts if you keep moving forward.
Within an average day, you could cut 1,370 calories by switching to water. Do you have orange juice (110 calories) or coffee (400 calories) for breakfast? Do you like to have a soda (280) in the afternoon? Or, a beer (150 calories) when you get home? They add up quickly. Plus, did you know that calories from liquids don’t mean the same to your body as calories from solid foods? So, you actually end up eating more total calories when you drink a soda than when you eat something.
Most of us are only using about ⅓ of our lung capacity. So, start taking deeper breaths where you completely fill your lungs, your abdomen expands and there is minimal movement in your shoulders.
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Meet with a Dietitian
Though you will need a referral from your doctor, we have a dietitian on staff who can meet with you to discuss the best diet to match your health needs.
If you’ve been recently diagnosed with Type I or Type II Diabetes, we especially recommend scheduling an appointment. Your physician may not have time to go over every detail of your new diagnosis to help you build a plan that works for you. We can help you learn how to manage your blood sugar and overall health. We take the time it needs to ensure you have a plan that fits your life and body.
If you would be interested in a local support system and class, please let us know! It’s possible to have the same life you used to, but now with more control over your health.
Who can benefit from meeting with a dietitian?
Want to quit smoking for good? There are benefits that happen almost immediately. Within 20 minutes your heart rate and blood pressure drops. Within 24 hours your risk of heart attack decreases. Plus, after 5 years without smoking your risk of having a stroke becomes the same as a nonsmoker.
Now is a great time to quit and we’re here to help! Quit Now Kentucky is free, convenient, safe and secure. Call 1-800-QUIT-Now or, you can also sign up for help through this site. You’ll receive free support with an experienced quitting coach, a personalized quit program and the latest information about medications that can help you quit. We also provide local services and support if there is enough interest, so please contact us to see how we can help.
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