Good nutrition can lower your risk of serious conditions such as obesity and diabetes. Choose lean proteins, whole grains and fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water. Avoid food with a lot of sugar and fat. Drinking plenty of water can aid in digestion, flush out toxins and enhance skin heath.
Being physically active can reduce chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Physical activity can improve sleep, lower your risk of high blood pressure, reduce risk of falling, lower your risk of stroke and can improve your mental health. If you are able, you should try to get 30 to 60 minutes of exercise 4 to 6 times per week.
Not getting enough sleep is linked to many conditions such as depression, diabetes and heart disease. The recommended hours of sleep per night is between 7 to 9 hours. Being physically active, going to bed around the same time each day and avoiding caffeine before bed can improve your sleep. Getting the recommended hours of sleep per night can have a major impact on your health.
Mental and Emotional Health
As you age, you may be at risk of loneliness and isolation due to factors such as the loss of family and friends, living alone and having chronic conditions. Find new ways to stay connected with family and friends, be open about your feelings, take care of your body, eat healthy foods, get plenty of rest, and get support if needed. You can receive a daily well-being automated call from the Maryland Senior Call Check Program (SCC). To learn more, please call 1-866-50-CHECK (1-866-502-4325).
Smoking causes many diseases and has long-lasting effects on your overall health. Some of these diseases include cancer and respiratory disease. If you are ready to quit smoking, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) for assistance and free resources.
Understanding the importance of health and wellness can help you live your most purposeful and prosperous life. For additional information on health and wellness, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the Maryland Department of Aging website.