I handed out my “Caught Being Healthy” cards yesterday.
The first went to Terry, who leads the team at the information desk at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. At the end of a very busy day, I walked out with her and she shared with me that she had just gotten a massage at Vita. We discussed how regular massages are an important part of our physical and mental health, providing tension relief and overall relaxation. I was inspired by Terry as she described her commitment to this healthy practice, and how grateful she is that we have it right on our campus.
The second went to Tracey, who works in Physician Village. Tracey is pursuing her degree at Eastern Michigan University, while working full time and helping her family with their many responsibilities. I told her how proud I am of her that she knows that education is important for her, and how I view this as a healthy behavior that not everyone has the commitment to pursue.
These women are now looking to pass on their cards, finding colleagues and friends also pursuing healthy behaviors.
Here are some examples. How many can you do?
- Schedule your mammogram, or encourage another to do so.
- Get a heart screening.
- Add vegetables (a pound per day is a good recommendation) to your daily diet.
- Substitute one sugar-added beverage a day with water.
- Take a walk on your break or at lunch, smiling at everyone you meet. Walking and smiling are healthy behaviors!
- Take time to be grateful and show appreciation each day.
- Commit to eating breakfast every day.
There are so many ways to add healthy behaviors to your life, and most of them don’t involve joining a gym, lifting weights, running a marathon, or any other overwhelming physical activity. I encourage you to take the time today to think about what you can add to your life to improve your health. You and your family will be happier, and you may add years to your life.