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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Leading a healthy lifestyle by making healthy choices can result in a longer, more independent, and happier life. There are many things that you can do to help live a good life and prevent chronic disease and illness. Seven recommended healthy living strategies include:
Being active can add many benefits to your life. Research shows that being physically active for 150 minutes per week can help to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, certain types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and being overweight. Physical activity is also associated with improved mental health, stress relief, and feeling better.
In order to achieve health benefits and improve functional abilities, the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines recommend that adults, ages 18 to 64 years, accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous aerobic activity per week. You should also try to engage in muscle strengthening activities at least twice per week and practice flexibility and balance.
Put the tablet down, turn off the TV and get active! Limit your recreational screen time to 3 hours per day. Being active doesn’t have to be lonely or boring. Bring a friend and find an activity that you enjoy. You can even build physical activity into your daily routine for greater convenience.
Your body is an amazing machine, but it needs healthy fuel to perform at its best. A diet that constantly feeds the body fried, high-fat, salty junk foods is like pouring bacon grease into your vehicle’s gas tank – it will just clog up the engine and prevent it from working properly.
Fruits and vegetables are good for you. Canada’s Food Guide recommends eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables should make up ½ of you plate. Try a variety, fresh, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables. Even canned or frozen fruits and vegetables can be healthy options. If choosing canned read food labels and pick fruits that have no added sugar and vegetables with little or no added salt.
The other ½ of your dinner plate should be made up of ¼ whole grains such as whole wheat pasta, quinoa, or brown rice as examples. The other ¼ of your plate is for the protein foods such as meat, fish, eggs, lentils, chickpeas and tofu as examples.
Water should be the beverage of choice. Avoid sugary drinks that offer no nutritional value and are high in sugar and calories.
In our busy lives and rushed environment, it is easy to rely on fast food or pre-made snacks. Here are some tips to help you maintain a healthy, balanced diet:
The single best thing that you can do to prevent chronic disease and avoid premature death is to live smoke-free.
Smoking is a known risk factor for developing several chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and several types of cancers. It is important to know that it is never too late to quit. In fact, your body starts to heal itself within hours of quitting. Within 8 hours, your carbon monoxide levels in your blood drop and oxygen levels rise. After 2 days, your sense of smell and taste start to improve. Between 2 weeks and 3 months, you will find it easier to breathe because your lungs are working better. If you remain smoke-free for a year your risk of a smoking-related heart attack is cut in half.
Smoking is not a habit; rather it is an addiction to nicotine – one of the world’s most powerful drugs. If you or someone you know is trying to quit smoking there is help available. Research shows that approximately 70% of people who smoke have thought about quitting or want to quit.
In an effort to support a healthy environment for our patients, families, staff, and volunteers, our Hospital’s grounds are 100% smoke-free. For more information on how you can quit smoking see our Smoke-Free Together initiative.
Source: Canadian Cancer Society
Healthy living means all things in moderation – and that includes drinking alcohol. Recent reports show that drinking more than the recommended amount of alcohol can increase your risk of liver disease, cardiovascular disease, and some types of cancer.
Cancer prevention guidelines recommend that, if consumed, alcohol should be limited to 1 drink for women and 2 drinks for men each day. Read Cancer Care Ontario’s full report on alcohol as a cancer risk factor in Ontario,
If you choose to drink, consider these safer drinking tips:
Source: Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines
We live in a fast-paced, busy world and sometimes we get caught up in the motions of day-to-day life and stresses.
Make time for yourself to relax or do the things you enjoy. Find the balance in your life between work, life, and all of your other day-to-day businesses in between – including getting enough sleep! Make it your priority to find a work-life balance. Click here for some tips on how to help find balance.
To find out if you are in balance, take the Canadian Mental Health Association’s ‘Work-Life Balance Quiz’.
Disclaimer: This quiz provides general information only. It is not a diagnostic test.
Cancer screening can find cancers earlier when they are easier to treat. Ontario has three organized cancer screening programs breast, cervical and colon cancer. These programs offer free screening to eligible men and women, as well as follow-up if necessary.
For more information on cancer screening services in our region click here.
Sometimes we forget how important getting enough sleep is, but it is very important for optimal health. Adults should aim to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night Click here for some healthy sleep tips.