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It’s not over just yet! As you may or may not know, March is National Nutrition Month. What does this mean for you? It means it’s time to take a closer look into the foods you’re ingesting, and whether or not your meal planning techniques have been fruitful this season. With New Year’s resolutions in full swing, now is a great time to ensure you’re hitting your marks when it comes to fitness and nutrition.
How does poor nutrition manifest itself in otherwise healthy people?
First things first, those who have poor nutrition are not typically “otherwise healthy.” While a person might look or even feel healthy, what’s going on under their skin is a key player in their ultimate health. Just because someone is thin or muscular does not mean they get a free pass to eat junk food every day.
Poor eating habits could take you by surprise
The manifestation of poor eating habits could surprise many of us. As Americans, we tend to rely on quick-fix meals or prepared foods instead of choosing foods based on their overall nutrients, which leads to poor eating habits.
According to SA Health, “In the short term, poor nutrition can contribute to stress, tiredness and our capacity to work, and over time, it can contribute to the risk of developing some illnesses and other health problems such as being overweight or obese, tooth decay, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and stroke, type-2 diabetes, osteoporosis, some cancers, depression, and eating disorders.”
Health and nutrition tests that you can take today
As mentioned before, a person’s external physical appearance is not always indicative of their internal health. There are plenty of simple tests a person can run to learn more about how their organs and blood cells are functioning.
Whenever you go to the doctor for a check-up, or even when you donate blood, the medical team will run a few tests to assess your individual health risks. Two simple and easily accessible tests are a blood pressure test and a blood cholesterol level test. In fact, you can even take your blood pressure at most grocery stores, just as an accessible way to monitor your health on any given day.
Undergoing these tests frequently — once or twice annually — will ensure you’re aware of your progress as you embark on a health journey.
It’s time to rekindle post-holiday fitness goals
While we all tend to love the holidays, they can wreak havoc on our diets. With so many gatherings large and small, it’s easy to get carried away with harmful eating habits that might be challenging to change. We’ve all been there. Most people try to combat poor eating habits with a New Year’s resolution, but we don’t always keep those, either, and just because your plans didn’t pan out in January doesn’t mean you should quit now.
If you, like many of us, didn’t keep true to your resolutions, this month is a great opportunity to recharge, reset, and reevaluate your nutrition plan. Spring is finally here, and a summer full of fitness is right around the corner.
Your wellness matters to us. It should matter to you, too.
Wellness is about more than just a number on the scale. It’s about how you feel like a person and how you look at yourself when you peek in the mirror. And it’s about mental wellness too. Having a healthy body is often a step in the right direction to having a healthy mind. It’s what motivates you to get up in the morning and have a productive day.
We make wellness fun
As always, LiveWell 1440 cares about you, your workers, and their health. You’ve got one life to live, so it’s never too late to focus on your fitness and nutrition. We create custom workplace health and wellness programs to ensure your office is full of happy and healthy employees. Reach out to us today to get rolling on your office’s custom wellness plan.