September is Self-Improvement Month

By DeDe Hausmann

September has been declared Self-Improvement Month and that can mean many things.  To me, that means Let’s Get Healthy and maybe we need a month to really look  at ourselves and ask, “Am I as healthy as I could be”?

Being healthy brings two lifestyle areas to mind, physical and mental health.  If you don’t feel good about yourself in these areas, you might need to make some changes.

PHYSICAL HEALTH (healthy eating/physically active):

* Do you eat foods from all five food groups, especially with MyPlate in mind?  Choose vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat and fat-free dairy products and lean protein foods EVERYDAY.  MyPlate shows us that daily half of our plates should be fruit (2 cups) and veggies (2 ½ cups);  half the 6 ounces of grains (cereals, breads, pasta, rice) we eat should be whole grains – read those food labels;  we need 3 servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy products (milk, yogurt, cheese), and lastly, let’s vary our protein choices (red meat, poultry, eggs, pork, fish, beans, legumes) and only consume 5 ½ ounces.  Especially note recommended serving sizes.  Many of us eat healthy but we eat toooooo much.  It’s called portion distortion.

*Do you exercise daily?  If you hate the term “exercise” then think “physically active” instead.  Kids should be physically active at least 60 minutes/day whereas adults need 2 ½ hours or more/weekly.  Choose activities you will enjoy doing and if you need to find a buddy to do it with, DO IT!!!!  I have to go to my work-out place 5 days/week/before work because if I try to do it at home, I don’t do it.  I need to be around others that want to be active/healthy and that keeps me going back for more.

NOTE: Our FUEL UP TO PLAY 60 FREE School Wellness Program is available for any US school to use and offers many suggestions to inspire kids to be healthy so they can grow up to be healthy adults!!!  With over 60% of the adults in this country being overweight or obese, we’ve got to help our kids avoid all the related health issues (diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc.).

MENTAL HEALTH:

*Self improvement begins with our minds.  If we aren’t happy with our lives, as in jobs, relationships, daily happenings, etc., then we can’t be happy mentally.  Really look at your daily activities and relationships.  Do they make you happy?  If not, what can you change?

Some of us might even need medications to help in this area.  And having a strong faith can help with mental health for some.  I’ve found that good mental health to this lady means faith, family and friends.

OK—so what do you need to do self-improvement wise?  Consider making a list of what you are doing now, what you can do to be a better you and DO IT!!!

One Response

  1. I agre; if you’re feeling there are areas that need work, then get busy ;:)

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