What illnesses are the most common, costly, and preventable in our nation and other industrialized countries? Chronic disease. In the U.S., 86% of the nation’s $2.7 trillion annual health care expenditures are for people with chronic and mental health conditions. And heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and chronic respiratory illnesses lead the list. But … [Read more...] about Reduce Your Risk of Chronic Disease
Let's get moving. If we want to age well, it's an imperative. But with the daily demands of work and home, fitting in a workout seemingly can be difficult. However, studies have shown that even 10 minutes of physical activity at a time can add up to big benefits. The key is, well, to just do it. The how and when of moving more ultimately rests with you, but by moving regularly you'll be … [Read more...] about Get Moving if You Want to Age Well
Do your health vision and goals stay in the rear-view mirror when you leave home in search of some rest and relaxation? It’s easy to step away from our healthy habits when traveling. Our routines get disrupted, leading us to feel out of control. And once we've had a little too much __(insert tempting food and beverage here) __ or stopped exercising, it may be tempting to let other habits … [Read more...] about Traveling? Pack Your Healthy Habits for the Trip
Everyday technology can be used to help us improve our personal health. Yes, there's an app for that. Several apps, actually. And it can be overwhelming to figure out which ones are worthwhile to use. I haven't tried them all, but I do have several that work for me. The list below includes only ones that I use daily or very frequently to help me specify my goals and then track my … [Read more...] about Set Goals and Track Progress with Apps
When starting or staying true to a healthier lifestyle, one must have deal breakers. Right? Boundaries. Lines that cannot be crossed, at least not often. Perhaps you've set out to change the way you eat or decided to get more exercise. Maybe you're swearing off fast food. Or you're planning to take 10,000 steps per day. Or you aim to get 7+ hours of sleep each night. How strong is … [Read more...] about What Are Your Deal Breakers for a Healthy Lifestyle?
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”— Micah 6:8 (NIV) How is it with your soul? John Wesley, one of the founders of the Methodist movement in the 18th century, used to open small group meetings by asking that question. It's one worth asking ourselves in the 21st century, too. … [Read more...] about Waiting for Wednesday