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Wellness In The Works: Stay Healthy This Winter!

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This time of year can be a real challenge when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Capital BlueCross reminds us that there is no magical formula for staying on the straight and narrow, just simple healthy choices that you can make every day. 


Be physically active.

Walking briskly, playing team sports, and biking are just a few examples of how you can get moving. If you are not already physically active, start small and work up to 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity for most days of the week.

Eat a healthy diet.


Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products are healthy choices. Lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts are good, too. Try to eat foods that are low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugars.

Stay at a healthy weight.

Try to balance the calories you take in with the calories you burn during your physical activities. As you age, you need to eat fewer calories and increase your physical activity. This will prevent gradual weight gain over time.

Drink alcohol in moderation or not at all.


Current dietary guidelines for Americans recommend that if you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, you do not exceed two drinks per day for men (one drink per day for women). Some people should not drink alcoholic beverages at all, including:

  • People who cannot restrict their drinking to moderate levels.
  • People who plan to drive, operate machinery, or take part in other activities that require attention, skill, or coordination.
  • People taking prescription or over-the-counter medications that can interact with alcohol.
  • People with specific medical conditions.
  • People recovering from alcoholism.

Don’t smoke.


Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. Inhaling other people’s smoke causes health problems similar to those of smokers. Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits. Within 20 minutes after smoking that last cigarette, your body begins a series of positive changes that continue for years.

Resources:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention




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Better Health Works Personal Profile

The first step in taking control of your health is to identify lifestyle risk factors. The Capital BlueCross Better Health Works Personal Profile will help you understand what steps you can take to improve or maintain your health by creating a personal healthy lifestyle plan just for you. The results of this confidential questionnaire will help you understand your current health status, identify risks or areas for potential improvement, and even show you how you compare to others who have already taken the survey.

To take your FREE Better Health Works Personal Profile, log on to www.capbluecross.com.

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