Living a Healthy Lifestyle: Tips & Tricks
- October 22, 2022
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HEALTHY LIFE TIPS
Patient forms the basis of the provision of health care, thus there is a need to empower
patients with the right information about how to live a healthy lifestyle to prevent various
diseases as prevention is better than cure.
Here we remind patients of various health tips on how to live a healthy life, make
informed decisions on their health, and also to make access to health education a
WHAT DO I NEED TO EAT TO HAVE A HEALTHY DIET?
Do reduce your sugar intake, and eat simple carbohydrates, Tran’s fats, and
Do eat enough fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Eat together as a family—share mealtime with the people you define as family.
If you have a medical condition that requires a special diet, be sure to follow it
like diabetes and hypertension.
If you’re above 50 years of age, always consider taking calcium and vitamin D.
If you’re pregnant (or thinking of becoming pregnant), take preconception
vitamins and folic acid-rich foods.
WHAT EXTENT OF EXERCISE AND SLEEP SHOULD I TRY TO GET?
Do 30 to 60 minutes of exercise suitable for your age and medical condition at
least thrice a week.
Walk frequently—and take the stairs.
Get at least 6 to 10 hours of sleep every day.
Keep your sleep schedule as regular as possible.
HOW CAN I TRY TO AVOID GETTING SICK?
Wash your hands before eating and cooking.
Store, prepare and cook foods (especially flesh foods like meat) appropriately.
Drink only clean or treated water.
Wash minor injuries with soap and water and keep them covered.
Use appropriate protective and preventive measures like insect repellent when
mosquito or tick exposure is likely.
Practice safe sex always.
Always obey the national health guidelines on infection prevention and control
HOW CAN I TRY TO AVOID GETTING INJURED?
Wear a seatbelt; and helmet while traveling.
Don’t operate machines like vehicles while drunk, overly sleepy, or distracted.
Wear a life vest while swimming, don’t dive into shallow water, and learn to swim.
Store and handle firearms safely.
Set up a safe home – make indoors and outdoors safe for children and older
adults and have working smoke and carbon monoxide sensors.
HOW DO I KEEP MY MIND HEALTHY?
Keep your mind active—do word Sudoku, read, and play cards.
If you feel stressed out, tell a loved one or a health care provider.
Limit screen time—spend the remaining extra time socializing or going for a walk.
Don’t drink alcohol
Don’t take medications that aren’t intended to treat a medical problem. Ask for
help If you suppose you have a drug problem,
Consider building healthy relationships. If you’re in an unhealthy relationship, however, healthcare providers or local organizations can help you.
WHAT OTHER HEALTHY CHOICES SHOULD I MAKE?
Avoid smoking (and if you do smoke, don’t smoke in bed).
Ensure that you always brush your teeth at least twice a day and see a dentist on
a regular basis for cleaning and examination of the teeth.
Be conservative about sun exposure and wear sunscreen.
See a healthcare provider regularly (annually) for screenings of various diseases
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