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Living a healthy lifestyle is central to maintaining wellness throughout your lifetime. In fact, healthy habits not only help you to feel good and manage illness today, they can also help prevent future disease. There are many behaviors that influence your health - what you eat, how you sleep, if you smoke, how active you are, how you manage stress - to name just a few. You can improve your quality of life by making simple, positive changes to your daily routine.
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We've collected useful facts and tips to inform, motivate and support steps towards a healthier lifestyle. Remember, small changes are powerful. Start today!
Cinco de Mayo in the United States has evolved out of an authentic celebration of cultural heritage. It celebrates the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War, which came after Mexico’s independence from Spain. The holiday is mainly celebrated in the region of Puebla.
Traditional Mexican food is a combination of low-calorie and nutrient-rich ingredients such as beans, rice and vegetables. Unfortunately, Americanized versions of some Mexican dishes can be cheese and fatty. Whether you are cooking at home or eating out, it is possible to enjoy Mexican inspired meals that are full of flavor without unnecessary calories.
Summer is the prime time for grilling. Whether your menu includes simple burgers or something more elaborate, a little preparation can help you serve up a healthy meal.
It is important that you start out clean. Don’t let the charred buildup on your grill transfer to your meal. Use a wire brush to clean your grill. Then wipe it down with a cloth or a bunch of paper towels to make sure that no grill-cleaning bristles will get into your food. Exposing protein-rich meat, poultry, and fish to high heat and open flames creates chemicals linked to various types of cancer; and when fat drips and burns on the grill, the resulting smoke also contains toxic substances linked to cancer. You can reduce the formation of these compounds in several ways: Line the grill with foil perforated with holes, cook for longer at a lower temperature, or have a spray bottle filled with water handy to control fatty flare-ups.
May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, so let’s talk bone health. Your lifestyle has an impact on your bone health, so it is important that you understand how diet, physical activity and other lifestyle factors affect your bone mass.
Bones play many roles in the body, they provide structure, protect organs, anchor muscles and store calcium. How likely you are to develop osteoporosis -a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle- depends on how much bone mass you attain by the time you reach age 30 and how rapidly you lose it after that.
There are a number of factors that affect bone health, including diet, gender, certain medications, hormonal levels and age, to name a few. Luckily, there are also several lifestyle factors we can have an impact on:
- The amount of calcium in your diet. Good sources of calcium include dairy products, almonds, broccoli, kale, and canned salmon with bones, sardines and soy products, such as tofu. If you eat a well-balanced diet that includes dairy, fish, plenty and varied fruits and vegetables, you should get enough of the nutrients you need every day for your bone health. If you find it difficult to get enough calcium from your diet, ask your doctor or Registered Dietitian about supplements.
- Physical activity. People who are physically inactive have a higher risk of osteoporosis. Include physical activity in your daily routine. Weight-bearing exercises, such as walking, jogging, tennis and climbing stairs, can help you build strong bones and slow bone loss.
National Women's Health Week serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority and build healthy habits for life. This year, the National Women's Health Week kicks off on Mother's Day, May 13, and is celebrated through May 19. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women’s Health leads National Women’s Health Week to encourage all women to be healthy.
Physical and mental health are both important to prevent disease and for overall well-being.
We need to get back to the kitchen. After all, who doesn’t want to be healthy, prevent disease and save money? Cooking at home has these advantages and more:
Eating homemade meals is usually much cheaper than eating at a restaurant or buying processed foods from the market.
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