Idea List: A Healthier You

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“Idea List: A Healthier You,” New Era, Nov. 2006, 23

Idea List:

A Healthier You

Taking care of your body is good for both your physical and spiritual health. Here are a few small things you can do regularly to improve your health,

  • Instead of drinking a can of soda pop, have a glass of water, milk, or natural fruit juice.

  • Go to bed at a reasonable hour (see D&C 88:124), and get at least eight hours of sleep if possible. Try to keep your sleeping times regular.

  • Walk instead of driving to destinations that are reasonably close and safe. Walking just a mile or two a day can make a big difference. And take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator when you can.

  • Check the labels on the food you buy. Foods that may seem healthy aren’t always nutritious.

  • Keep the Word of Wisdom, and stay away from any substances you know are addictive or dangerous.

  • Substitute a fruit or vegetable for at least one less healthy treat a day.

  • Participate in a sport. You don’t have to be on a school team. Just playing with friends or siblings is good exercise.

  • Take time to relax. Evaluate the sources of stress in your life, and cut down on unnecessary stress.

  • At least three times a week, replace one hour of television, Internet, or other form of sit-down entertainment with an hour of physical activity such as bike riding, basketball, or walking.

  • When you eat at restaurants, choose menu items that will provide a balanced meal in a regular portion size.

  • Exercise your brain by doing a crossword puzzle, reading the newspaper or a good book, or learning about something new.

  • Don’t skip meals. Eating nutritious meals regularly keeps your body functioning the way it should.

  • Skip the fad diets. Fad diets can range from totally useless to very harmful. Eating a balanced diet, like that suggested in the Word of Wisdom and in your country’s nutrition guidelines, will help you stay healthy.

  • Take care of any specific health needs you have. If you have a special health concern, such as diabetes or some other risk factor, be sure to follow your doctor’s recommendations.

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