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“You can infuse your life with the power of prevention incrementally and fairly painlessly, and yes, doing something, no matter how small, is infinitely better for you than doing nothing,” says David Katz, MD, MPH, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center and of the Yale Preventive Medicine Center. Katz is also co-author of the book Stealth Health: How to Sneak Age-Defying, Disease-Fighting Habits into Your Life without Really Trying.

Living healthier isn’t as hard as you think! By making small changes here and there in your lifestyle, you can make a big difference in your overall health! Here are some ideas that you can start implementing into your new healthy lifestyle today!

  • Start walking 30 minutes per day. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2004 found that adding just 30 minutes of walking per day was enough to prevent weight gain and encourage moderate weight loss.
  • Skip the foods and drinks made with high fructose corn syrup! Many nutritionists believe this is worse for your body than sugar.
  • Start each dinner with a mixed green salad. This will reduce your appetite and add vegetables to your meal.
  • Limit your intake of trans-fats, found in most margarines, snack foods, heavily processed foods and some cooking oils. Trans-fats can reduce your “good” cholesterol levels and raise your “bad” ones.
  • Limit your intake of salt (sodium). Read the label. Your sodium intake should be less than 1,500 mg per day. Excessive salt in the diet has been linked to high blood pressure and heart disease.
  • Breathe deeply to improve stress control. Try it twice a day for three to five minutes.
  • Avoid smoking. And do not breathe in second hand smoke.
  • Get a good night’s sleep. Adequate sleep is essential to maintain a healthy body.
  • Wash your hands frequently. This will help stop the spread of germs.
Recommended Links

Abington Memorial Hospital – Learn more about Abington Memorial Hospital.
http://www.amh.org

American Academy of Pediatrics – Dedicated to the health of all children.
http://www.aap.org

American Cancer Society – Learn about cancer, your risks factors, prevention, treatment and more.
http://www.cancer.org/index

American Heart Association – Learn about the heart and getting heart healthy.
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Travel information.
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx

CNN Health – Health news.
http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/

FamilyDoctor.org – Health related topics from the American Academy of Family Physicians.
http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home.html

Health.com – Vital information with a human touch.
http://www.health.com/health

Health.gov – Your portal to health information from the U.S. Government.
http://www.health.gov/

Healthy Women – Women’s health guide.
http://www.healthywomen.org/

KidsHealth – From the health experts of Nemours.
http://kidshealth.org/

Men’s Health Magazine – Men’s guide to fitness, health, weight loss and nutrition.
http://www.menshealth.com/

Montgomery County Health Department – Health topics.
http://health.montcopa.org/health/site/default.asp

Pennsylvania Department of Health – Health topics.
Click here to visit the PA Dept of Health’s website

Prevention Magazine – Health and wellness information.
http://www.prevention.com/health/health

Today’s Parent – Children’s health guide.
http://www.todaysparent.com/healthsafety/index.jsp

VideoMD.com – Compelling health related videos.
http://www.videomd.com

WebMD – Better information. Better health.
http://www.webmd.com/

Women’s Health Magazine – Health & Wellness tips for healthy women.
http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health


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Recommended Reading

The Art of Body Maintenance: Winner’s Guide to Pain Relief, by Hal Blatman and Bfa Brad Ekvall

The 36 Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People with Alzheimer Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss in Later Life, by Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins

Love, Medicine, & Miracles: Lessons Learned about Self-Healing from a Surgeon’s Experience with Exceptional Patients, by Bernie Siegal

Passage to Intimacy, by Lori H. Gordon and Jon Frandsen

Getting the Love You Want:   A Guide for Couples, by Harville Hendrix

Man to Man: When the Woman You Love Has Breast Cancer, by Andy Murcia

Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating, by M.D. Walter C. Willett

Stealth Health: How to Sneak Age-Defying, Disease-Fighting Habits into Your Life without Really Trying, by Reader’s Digest