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You spend so much time at work, it only makes sense to practice healthy behaviors while you are there—and Anytime Health is here to help!
Anytime Health makes it easy and convenient to access fitness and nutrition information. You can also setup a personal profile and a create a network of friends at work (or beyond). Together, you can motivate each other and work toward a fit and healthy lifestyle!
simple changes—big rewards
Believe it or not, making simple changes in certain behaviors can lead to life-changing rewards! Your health can improve dramatically when you commit to:
- eating a healthy diet
- maintaining a healthy weight
- striving for daily physical activity
A bigger change—but one that will have a huge impact on your health—is to quit smoking. See Clear the Smoke for more information.
be healthy @ work
Now that you are excited to work toward a fit and healthy lifestyle, we have some handy ideas for you to get started.
Talk up wellness on the job! Get your co-workers on track with you, because it's easier to stay focused on your goals when you have the support of others. Plus, it is gratifying to motivate others, too!
Start a walking club. Depending on your situation, you can walk for 20 - 30 minutes each day at lunchtime—OR—you can walk for 5-10 minutes at various times throughout the day.
Plan to share information and inspiration at brown-bag lunches. Bring your favorite healthy recipes and ideas for quick—yet nutritious—meals. You could even start a recipe club!
Stretch at your desk. Getting up and stretching during the workday can really be energizing! Stretch slowly without bouncing, and gradually increase the stretch to your tolerance.
Don't take the easy way out! Set an example for others by taking the stairs instead an elevator, park as far away from your building entrance as is practical, or walk to a co-workers desk instead of sending an email.
Exercise for others. Getting in shape for an event somehow seems easier when it will benefit others. Organize a group of co-workers to participate in a charity walk or other charity event.
attention on prevention
Chronic diseases are the most common and costly of all health problems, but they are also the most preventable. Four common, health-damaging, but modifiable behaviors—tobacco use, insufficient physical activity, poor eating habits, and excessive alcohol use—are responsible for much of the illness, disability, and premature death related to chronic diseases.
That's why healthy choices are so important. Plus, it's never too late to dump bad habits and take control of your health.
what are chronic diseases?
Chronic diseases are noncommunicable illnesses that are prolonged in duration, do not resolve spontaneously, and are rarely cured completely. Examples of chronic diseases include heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and arthritis.
- Chronic diseases cause 7 in 10 deaths each year in the United States.
- About 133 million Americans—nearly 1 in 2 adults—live with at least one chronic illness.
- More than 75% of health care costs are due to chronic conditions.
- Approximately one-fourth of persons living with a chronic illness experience significant limitations in daily activities.
Although chronic diseases are more common among older adults, they affect people of all ages and are now recognized as a leading health concern. Growing evidence indicates that a comprehensive approach to prevention can save tremendous costs and needless suffering.
clear the smoke
You've seen the warnings. Heard the discussions. Received the advice. Listened to your kids nag you about it. You know you should quit smoking, but where do you start? The key to quitting, say the experts, is patience, perseverance, and having a plan.
For additional information from the American Cancer Society, be sure to check out the Smoking Cessation Wellness Center.
Keep these seven points in mind when you quit smoking:
Know why you're quitting. Pick a reason that you believe in, be it for your family or for yourself.
Take one day at a time. Worry about not smoking for just one day, and not for the rest of your life, and soon your withdrawal symptoms will go away.
Taper off instead of cold turkey. If you choose to taper, don’t delay the final step of quitting entirely. Set a quit day and stick to it.
Overwhelm the addiction. Think about the things that lead to lighting up, and don't do them.
Practice the three D's. Delay—deep breathing—drink water—and repeat.
Keep a diary. When the urge hits, write down the time of day, what you're doing, and how badly you want a drag.
Work with your doctor. Together you can discuss your options, including medication, behavior therapy—even hypnosis.
Is your life more or less complicated than it was 10 years ago? How about 20 years ago? More and more people are finding that, in spite of technology and other modern conveniences, they have less time, get less sleep, and are more stressed than they were a decade ago. The reasons for this are, well, not so simple, but relate to a number of factors.
the sources of stress today include:
- Too many options
- Information overload
- Increased cost of living
- Job uncertainty
does it help to simplify?
Making changes to simplify certain aspects of life can be the antidote to stress. But simplification is a very individual matter, and it should be approached with the following things in mind:
Values/Priorities | What is most important to you? What would you have the hardest time living without.
Identity | Who are you? What brings you the most enjoyment? Are you living authentically?
Time/Pace | How do you manage time? Is your natural pace 100 miles per hour or a bit slower and more reflective?
Purpose | What do you most want to do with your life and are you doing that right now? Are you living purposefully?
Vision | What would your life look like if you could design it exactly the way you wanted? Think realistically about how close you can get to that vision.