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It’s a Good Thing – Eating Healthy and Staying Active

The National Safety Council declares every June as National Safety Month. Their goal is to educate us how to prevent injuries and illnesses, both in the workplace and at home. Each week in June has its own theme, and this first weeks theme is: Employee Wellness. The National Safety Council reminds us that staying healthy requires us to both eat healthy and exercise regularly.

Here are some ways to eat healthier:

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
  • Make half the grains you eat whole grains – such as oatmeal, whole wheat bread and brown rice
  • Choose fate-free or low-fat milk, yogurt or cheese
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks
  • Choose lean sources of protein – such as seafood, turkey and chicken breast, eggs and beans
  • Choose foods with less sodium – look for “low sodium” and “no salt added” on food packages
  • Eat some fish each week – such as salmon, tuna or crab
  • Pay attention to portion size – when eating out, avoid “super-sizing” your meal or take some home for later (http://www.nsc.org/nsc_events/Nat_Safe_Month/Documents/2012_Employee_Wellnesspublic.pdf)

It is recommended that adults exercise for at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week. Some exercise ideas include:

We have all heard these recommendations many times before. I can not count how many times I have heard them. However, I wonder how many of us actually listen to them. I know that I tend not to, but it is important to not only remember them, but also to follow through with them for a healthier you. National Safety Month is a good time to start!

Shannon Cook, AWP Volunteer

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