Focus on Your Health

Good nutrition, exercise and regular check-ups are keys to staying healthy. Read through the Living Well newsletters on this page for tips that may help you on your wellness journey. A new newsletter will be posted each month and every newsletter features an important health topic, fitness tips and a quick and healthy recipe.

Exercise Safely

Exercising is good for your health, but be sure to be safe while exercising. Start slow if you are not used to exercising and always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine. 

Do warm ups prior to your exercise routine to help you prevent straining yourself and keep your body hydrated. You should also be sure you have the correct equipment before you start and use protective gear when needed, such as wearing a helmet while riding your bike.  

Read through the August 2021 Living Well Newsletter to learn more about exercising safely, fitness tips, and an easy Beef Stroganoff recipe.

Aim for a Healthy Weight

Creating a healthy eating plan may help you reach your weight loss goals, while ensuring you body gets the nutrients it needs. Along with helping you manage your weight, healthy eating plans also help lower your risk of developing chronic health conditions.

When trying to lose weight, reducing your calorie intake by 500 to 750 calories a day may help you lose 1 to 1.5 lbs per week. Always check with your doctor before starting a new diet plan.

Read through the July 2021 Living Well Newsletter to learn more about healthy eating plans, recommended calorie intake for losing weight , fitness tips, and an easy Melon Salsa recipe.

Coping With Traumatic Events

Traumatic events can effect people in a variety of ways, emotionally and physically. 

Feelings associated with traumatic events could include excessive worrying or fearfulness, anger, trouble thinking clearly, and sleeping problems. If you are having these types of feelings after a traumatic event, be sure to reach out for help.  

Read through the June 2021 Living Well Newsletter to learn more about signs to watch for and healthy ways to cope with traumatic events, fitness tips, and an easy 20-Minute chicken Creole recipe.

Getting Enough Sleep

Sleep is a very important part of your overall health. Both your mind and body need adequate sleep to function properly.  

Although sleep requirements change based on age, most adults require 7 to 8 hours of good quality sleep per night. Lack of sleep can lead to physical and mental health risks, so be sure to make sleep a priority for your health.  

Read through the May 2021 Living Well Newsletter to learn more about the importance of getting enough sleep, fitness tips, and an easy Sweet Potato Hash with Egg recipe.

Manage Stress

Stress isn’t always bad, but over time unmanaged stress can lead to physical health problems. Although you cannot always avoid stress, you can prepare in advance for how you will deal with stressful situations. 

Be sure to ask for support when you need it. Friends and family can be great support systems and don’t be afraid to seek professional help if you need it. 

Read through the April 2021 Living Well Newsletter to learn more about managing stress, fitness tips, and a quick and easy Greek Salad recipe.

Anxiety Disorders

Feelings of anxiousness may arise in everyday situations like facing a personal problem, getting ready for a test, or making a big decision. This is generally a temporary feeling. If anxiety does not go away or continues to get worse, you may be experiencing an anxiety disorder.

Be sure to consult with your doctor if you are experiencing prolonged feelings of anxiety or if symptoms interfere with your daily life. 

Read through the March 2021 Living Well Newsletter to learn more about risk factors and treatment for anxiety disorders, fitness tips, and a quick and easy Baked Fish recipe.
Prevent Heart Disease

A healthy lifestyle can help keep your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels normal, and lowering your risk for heart disease. Create and/or maintain a healthy lifestyle by choosing healthy foods, maintaining a healthy weight, and getting regular exercise

Be sure to consult with your doctor prior to changing your diet or starting any new exercise routines. 

Read through the February 2021 Living Well Newsletter for information about Preventing Heart Disease, fitness tips, and a quick and easy Avocado Breakfast Bruschetta recipe.
Physical Activity and Health

Physical activity can help improve your overall health and prevent negative health outcomes. The types and amounts of physical activity you will get the most benefit from will vary depending on any health conditions you may have. 

Be sure to consult with your doctor prior to starting any new exercise routines. 

Read through the January 2021 Living Well Newsletter for information about Physical Activity and Health, fitness tips, and a quick and easy Anytime Pizza recipe.