Wednesday, January 8, 2014

HEALTH MATTERS: Five Questions to Ask Yourself


"Take care of your body.  It's the only place you have to live."
                                             ---Jim Rohn

Here are five questions to ask yourself:
  1. Am I getting enough sleep every night?
  2. Am I drinking enough water every day?
  3. Am I getting enough exercise every day?
  4. Am I eating too much added sugar, fat, and salt?
  5. Am I eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, wild fish, beans, and legumes (like lentils)?
A fresh salad we made recently with organic
treasures from a local farmer.

These questions address the elements of health.  

If you are not getting a good night’s sleep because you (or your kids) have a bedroom full of electronics, computers and digital clocks with red and blue lights on all night, it is time to change.  

If you go all morning on coffee and soda and don’t have a glass of water until the afternoon, it is time to change. 

If you routinely say, “I’ll take a walk this weekend” and always make an excuse why you can’t, it is time to change.  

If you have high blood pressure and think nothing of stopping by McDonald’s several times a week, it is time to change. 

If you eat steak and potatoes every night, it is time to change. 

To be a good role model for children starts with a look at our own habits.  With computers running our lives, we are getting away from the basics of good health.  Some people think they can download an app and it will take care of their need for exercise and do their vegetable shopping for them.  I grew up watching a TV show about the future called The Jetsons.  Well, people, we are not The Jetsons.  

If you value your health, and care about the health and future quality of life of your children, then please review the five questions above and stay tuned as we lead a meaningful discussion about HEALTH MATTERS. 

In gratitude,
Nancy L. Heinrich, MPH

Founder of the Growing Healthy Kids movement