Idea List: A Healthier You

    “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.

    Photograph by Christina Smith