Jackson County Memorial Hospital promotes healthy lifestyle

February 5, 2014

Studies show that people who are overweight or obese have a greater risk for serious health conditions including increased probability of experiencing diabetes, heart disease, strokes, and some types of cancer. Jackson County Memorial Hospital provides options so that employees will make healthy food choices and encourages daily physical activity breaks for staff members.
By minimizing unhealthy food and drink choices in the workplace, JCMH can easily encourage healthy eating. All members of the community can easily adapt these healthy living choices into their lives. Take steps each day to incorporate fresh fruit & vegetables into your diet. Along with fruit & vegetables, the hospital cafeteria offers whole grain crackers, breads, and granola bars. In addition, there is low-fat yogurt, baked chips, and hummus dips. Next time you are planning a trip to the grocery store, make a list to include those healthy food recommendations. Other helpful tips include switching your salad dressing to the light version or simply use olive oil & balsamic vinegar. Make substitutions on the foods you eat regularly by opting for the lower calorie versions.
JCMH focuses on helping employees get the minimum, recommended, healthy level of activity each day. Staff members have access to defined walking paths for inside & outside the hospital. The hospital ensures that stairwells are well-lighted at all times & accessible to encourage staff to take the stairs rather than the elevator. The Altus City reservoir is an excellent spot for everyone to get in a 30-minute walk during a lunch hour or after work. Take your kids out for an evening walk around the neighborhood – you’ll be giving them the foundation for lifelong healthy habits & you might just meet a neighbor or two along the way. By adding a little physical activity to your life you can:
· Reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke & diabetes
· Help maintain muscle strength and flexibility as you age
· Improve mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety & depression
· Reduce stress
· Improve self-esteem and confidence
Every little bit of positive change counts. Spend more time being active, reading food labels, and prepare your own meals & snacks to include more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Individuals can reduce their risk of heart disease by living heart healthy and it is never too late to adopt good eating habits. Regardless of age, 16 or 60, eating properly, exercising, not using tobacco products, and maintaining a healthy weight will help protect your heart.
February is National Heart Health Awareness month – by utilizing these tips from Jackson County Memorial Hospital you can take charge of your health.
Start living your best life!