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Have a healthy sense of humor.

Voltaire said, "The art of medicine consists of keeping the patient amused while nature heals the disease."

Humor has the power to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, elevate mood, boost the immune system, improve brain functioning, protect the heart, connect you to others, foster relaxation, and make you feel good.

It could be said that humor is just as important as eating and sleeping. For good health, have a good laugh.



Tend to Mother Earth.

Earth Day reminds us that when we take care of our surroundings we make our environment a healthier place to live.

Whether it be a potted plant, outdoor vegetable garden, or a view of a wooded lot, nature is good for us. According to Judith Dancoff in an article on WebMD, even looking at poster scenes of nature can lower systolic blood pressure. Nature, real or photographed, can put a person's mind in a state similar to that of meditation, so nature can provide the same benefits as this proven method of stress reduction.

Gardening is a great way to connect to nature and has the added benefit of exercise. There are many ideas to create accessible gardens or gardens specifically designed for people with Alzhiemer's Disease or other disabilities.


Control cancer risk.

You can help protect yourself from getting cancer by making healthy choices to create a healthy environment for your body.

Choices for Good Health: Guidelines for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention

  • Eat fresh fruit and vegetables. 7 - 10 each day.
  • Eat 3 servings of whole grains each day.
  • Limit total fat to 30% of calories.
  • Limit alcohol to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women.
  • Maintain a healthy weight throughout your life.
  • Be active 30 minutes each day.

Reduce Environmental Carcinogens
Limit UV Exposure


Volunteering builds stronger communities and enriches lives.

Volunteers give freely of their time and expertise in order to make a difference. Some say that volunteering does more for the giver than the receiver. Just look at the long list of how being a a volunteer can improve your life:

  • improve health
  • help you meet new people
  • feel needed and valued
  • make a difference in someone’s life
  • make important networking contacts
  • learn or develop skills
  • gain work experience
  • build self-esteem and self-confidence
  • express gratitude for help you may have received in the past from an organization


Take Charge Tips

Eat Healthy

When you think of healthy eating, chances are you think of the foods you should be eating. But, healthy eating also means eating in a nice atmosphere, taking your time to enjoy the meal, and having the fellowship of family and friends. These things, in addition to good food, help improve appetite and promote socialization, which all add up to improve quality of life.



Be Active

Feet  keep us moving and active.  Healthy feet are happy feet. People with diabetes need to take special care of those 10 digits.  In honor of Foot Health Awareness, we take an in-depth look at our pedals – our feet.



Get Checked

Health checks can include a routine check of your smoke alarms as a great way to keep your environment safe.  This month, check your smoke alarm.



Be Smoke Free

Secondhand smoke causes environmental pollution.  It can lead to cancer, respiratory infections, and worsen asthma. It results in 1900 – 2700 deaths from SIDS (Sudden Infant Dealth Syndrome) each year. Even if you don’t smoke, you are 25% more likely to have heart disease if you are exposed to secondhand smoke.

If you don’t quit for yourself, quit for those you love.

Even if you don't smoke, avoid secondhand smoke.



Be Positive

Be positive by taking action to control what surrounds you.  All the topics highlighted this month focus on our environment and surroundings and making changes where we can to make them healthy. One of the most important environments is the one which exists inside of you.  Maintaining a positive attitude is very important to creating a positive environment around ourselves.

Make changes when and where you can.

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