There is little doubt the Coronavirus
(COVID-19) pandemic is affecting every aspect of our lives-from virtual classrooms to telecommuting to restaurant closings
to outright quarantines. Observing public health measures and reducing exposure to the virus are required to slow the
spread of COVID-19. No one knows how long these virus safety measures will need to stay in place, but this is a perfect
time to protect and improve your health while practicing social distancing. The following steps will help protect and
improve your health.
5 Steps to a Healthier You
1. Get Enough Sleep
•You should get
a minimum of 7 hours of sleep most nights of the week.
•People who get less than 7 hours are
more likely to be overweight.
2. Eat breakfast
•Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
•People who eat breakfast
feel better all day and are more alert and creative. They also perform better with longer attention span and memory.
•Eating breakfast helps avoid headaches and stomach aches from hunger.
who don’t eat breakfast, eat more calories throughout the day.
•About 25% of Americans
do not eat breakfast.
•People who eat breakfast weigh, on average, less than those who skip
•When you skip breakfast, your metabolic rate slows down and your blood sugar drops,
causing hunger and fatigue. This will cause overeating at lunch and/or dinner and impulsive snacking.
3. Rethink Your Drink
contain lots of calories.
•When we think about how many calories we are consuming, we leave
out the calories from beverages.
•Evidences shows the body does not respond to calories in
beverages the same way as it does to food calories.
•Your body may not register the calories
you drink, so you could end up consuming more calories than you need. Calories from liquids may not help you feel full.
•Decreasing sugar-sweetened beverages is a good strategy to decrease calories and help manage weight.
•A study found that women who cut back on their consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages reduced their
daily intake by about 300 calories.
4. Enjoy More
Fruits and Vegetables
•Fruits and vegetables are low in calories.
provide a sense of fullness
•They are high in fiber.
fresh, frozen, or canned fruits and vegetables.
•Adults should eat 1-2 cups of fruit a day
and 2-3 cups of vegetables a day.
5. Get Moving-Move
•Move more every day.
•Schedule exercise daily.
•Moving more helps lower the risk of chronic disease.
•For good health,
adults need at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most days of the week.
manage body weight and prevent weight gain, adults need 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity on
most days of the week.
•To sustain weight loss, adults needs at least 60-90 minutes of daily,
moderate intensity physical activity.
•Benefits of physical activity include helping manage
stress, sleep better, increase energy levels, improve self-esteem, build healthy bones, muscles and joints and lower risk
of developing osteoporosis.
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