With a growing economy, an abundance of small businesses and startups, and trying to make ends meet many Americans find it hard to have a good work-life balance. Frankly, people spend more time at work than anywhere else. Since people spend so much time at their jobs, a healthy work environment is essential to ensuring a healthy lifestyle. If you work a job, and they only have soda and snack machines, and your coworkers are always inviting you to unhealthy lunches, you are bound to fall into an unhealthy cycle. Instead of allowing others to influence you with their unhealthy lifestyle choices, take the lead and make some great healthy lifestyle choices for yourself. Start by
- Packing your own lunch. This will help will be in charge of what you’re eating daily, as well as save you money.
- Bring in healthy snacks that you can eat at your desk. Things like pretzels, peanut butter crackers, granola bars, dried fruit, and nuts are great options to munch on while you are working. This will help you avoid the vending machine.
There is a great potential to improve health through workplace programs. Most working adults spend a large percentage of their day at work, and many of them are sitting at a desk for most of their workday. Workplace wellness programs and initiatives can have a positive impact on your health. These programs may include alternative transportation (e.g. biking/walking/taking transit to work), physical activity opportunities at work (e.g., walking Wednesdays, yoga/stretch break), and healthy food and beverages available to employees at work (e.g., water fountains, healthy vending policies). Approximately 28 percent of Victoria County adults are physically inactive, and 19 percent experience poor or fair health (County Health Rankings). Physical activity is related to cardiovascular disease, as well as some cancers, diabetes, and other diseases related to obesity. Therefore, it is necessary to encourage residents and employees to be more physically active as part of their daily life. The Physical Activity Guidelines recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity a week. Walking is a great way to meet this target! Walking is free, easy, and does not require any special skills or equipment. If you blend a simple activity, like walking, into your daily life, then you will reap the health benefits with very little effort. Not enough time in your day? Ten minutes at a time is just fine! Walking a half mile at a moderate pace takes about 10 minutes. Grab a friend, or work buddy, and get walkin’!
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Don’t Get Burned!
Sun Safety Tips
The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. Follow these recommendations to help protect yourself and your family.
- Use sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection.
- Sunscreen wears off. Put it on again if you stay out in the sun for more than two hours and after you swim or do things that make you sweat.
- Check the sunscreen’s expiration date. Sunscreen without an expiration date has a shelf life of no more than three years, but this is shortened if it has been exposed to high temperatures.
- Seek shade, especially during midday hours.
- You can reduce your risk of skin damage and skin cancer by seeking shade under an umbrella, tree or other shelter before you need relief from the sun. Your best bet to protect your skin is to use sunscreen or wear protective clothing when you’re outside—even when you’re in the shade.
- Wear clothing to protect exposed skin.
- Loose-fitting long-sleeved shirts and long pants made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection from the sun’s UV rays.
- If wearing this type of clothing isn’t practical, at least try to wear a T-shirt or a beach cover-up.
- Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears and neck.
- For the most protection, wear a hat with a brim all the way around that shades your face, ears and the back of your neck.
- If you wear a baseball cap, you should also protect your ears and the back of your neck by wearing clothing that covers those areas, using sunscreen with at least SPF 15 or by staying in the shade.
- Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts. They also protect the tender skin around your eyes from sun exposure.
- Sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays offer the best protection.
- Wrap-around sunglasses work best because they block UV rays from sneaking in from the side.
The summer has begun, protect your skin from the sun!
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