| Parish HEALTH and Wellness Team in Outreach
Submitted by: Sue O’Shea
Small Steps for Better Health – Selfless Selfishness
Most of us strive to live a healthier lifestyle. Finding the right place to start is a challenge. Eating right, exercising regularly, and still making
time for family, friends and our own needs can seem like overwhelming goals. Instead of attempting to conquer our health all at once, what if
you started by setting more manageable goals? Making small changes today can lead to great health benefits down the road. ONE SIMPLE
Health professionals from a variety of disciplines offer these Core 4 Health Habits
to help improve your health and wellness.
1. HEALTHY EATING: EAT MORE WHOLE FOODS
Don’t tackle a healthy diet all at once. Start by replacing empty calories with whole food options. Whole foods include fruits, vegetables, and
whole grains – foods that are as close to their natural form as possible. It won’t be long before you realize just how good “good food” feels.
Before you know it, your cravings will change from greasy burgers and fries to healthful nutrition. Fun Fact: people who eat lots of fruits and
veggies have better heart health!
2. HYDRATION: DON’T WAIT TO HYDRATE
A Healthy body needs water! Not only does adequate water intake maintain your fluid balance, it also helps with weight loss, muscle
endurance, clearer skin, kidney function, focus, energy, reducing aches and pains and elimination.
3. PYSICAL ACTIVITY: GET A MOVE ON
Most people look at exercise as a means to burn energy and lose weight. Instead, think of exercise as a great way to gain energy and
stimulate your body and mind. Take a short, brisk walk every day. Did you know that walking briskly for just 25 minutes daily can add seven
years to your life and slash your risk of dying from a heart attack in half?
4. SLEEP AND STRESS: SLEEP MORE, STRESS LESS
When was the last time you felt you had great, quality sleep on a regular basis? Getting a good night’s sleep can greatly impact your outlook on
life and, in turn, your health and wellness. Simple changes, such as getting a good night’s sleep or taking time for a relaxing hobby, are easy
ways to help manage stress and improve your well-being in the long-term.