The Central Wellness program promotes the development of the mind, body and spirit of the members of the Central Methodist University Community through physical exercise, health and fitness awareness, educational programs, and recreational activities.
Eat smart for your heart
Your car needs the right gas to run properly and your body needs the right fuel to stay in great shape. Choosing the right foods for your body can help you keep health issues under control. Here are some easy to follow heart-health tips:
- Add more omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential fatty acids your body needs to work normally. Include them easily by consuming foods like fish, almonds and flax seeds.
- Limit your sugar intake and cut out processed foods and soft drinks.
- Eat at least 2 cups of fruit and 3 cups of vegetables daily.
- Stay active for better overall health.
Once your car is tuned up, you have to drive it and maintain it to keep it in tip-top shape. The same applies to your body. Exercising can help you reduce blood pressure and give you more energy while strengthening your ligaments and bones. Just 30 minutes of exercise a day can have great health benefits.
Get your checkup
Checkups are as essential to your car as they are for you. As you get older, your risk to develop diabetes, testicular or prostate cancer and heart issues increases. By taking control of your well-being you can lower those chances. Early detection can save your life. Here are a few things you can do to prevent health issues:
- Schedule preventive checkups
- Know your family history
- Get regular cancer screenings
- Don't smoke
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Stay active
No matter whether you drive a new car or an old one, you have to take care of it to get the most out of it. In fact, the older your car gets the more you have to do to maintain it. Same is true for you and your body's engine. So rev up and take charge of your health journey now!
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