Healthy Monday: Deter Diabetes

Diabetes is becoming an increasingly deadly problem for adults and youth alike. You can reduce your risk for diabetes by being physically active, eating more fiber (vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts, and seeds), consuming 100% whole grains over refined grains, and maintaining a healthy weight.
Make at least one small goal for each day this week that incorporates the above guidelines. For example, schedule in a 30-minute exercise session, or make a whole grain, fiber-rich meal. By focusing on your health earlier, you can prevent the negative consequences of diabetes.

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Healthy Monday: Don’t Let the Weekend End It

 The average person consumes 200 extra calories on Saturday! Unstructured weekends can negatively impact an otherwise successful regimen, so it’s important to plan. If you’re heading out, have a menu strategy. If you’re staying in, use your free time to try a new activity or cook healthy meals to eat during the week. Take time this week to plan healthy goals for the coming weekend. If this past weekend didn’t go as planned, take some time on Monday to refocus and update your strategy.

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Healthy Monday: Retreat from the Heat

Between 1979 and 2003, more Americans died from excessive heat exposure than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined! Extreme heat is a real concern that can cause serious health problems like exhaustion, heat stroke, cramps, sunburn and rashes.
This week, take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses. Make sure to drink more fluids; avoid alcoholic and sugary drinks; wear lightweight, light colored and loosely fitting clothing; limit outdoor activity to the morning or evening and stay in an air-conditioned place during the afternoon heat.

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Healthy Monday: Don’t Postpone Your Physical

Periodic health check-ups and screenings with your health care provider are key to maximizing your chance of living a longer and healthier life. Not only can they help prevent health problems before they start, but check-ups may also help you discover health problems early enough to increase your chances of successful treatment and recovery!
The specific screenings and exams you need depend on your age, health, family history, and lifestyle choices (diet, exercise, smoking, etc.). This week, visit to find age- and gender-specific guidelines for how often and for what health areas you should seek physician advice. After reviewing the guidelines, consider scheduling an appointment with your health care provider. 

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