HEALTH PROMOTION NUTRITION, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, & OBESITY Health benefits of physical activity: Improved sleep. Increased ability to perform everyday activities. Improved cognitive ability and a reduced risk of dementia. Improved bone and musculoskeletal health. Source: CDC NCCDPHP WI DHS - Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Resources CDC - Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity MENTAL HEALTH - Visit our Mental Health Page TIPS TO PROMOTE HEALTH & WELL-BEING IN 2022 Focusing on your well-being is an important thing no matter what time of year it may be. Many of these tips work together and can help achieve a better sense of well-being in 2022 and beyond. Focus on improving your health. There is only one you; make your health a top priority. Visit your doctor for an age-appropriate preventive exam such as a physical, blood pressure check, and more. Go to bed 10 minutes earlier. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once per day. Focus on your mental health. If you need help managing your mental health, or you know someone who does, don’t wait. Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website: www.samhsa.gov. Add a healthy stress-relieving activity to your day, such as yoga, meditation, or journaling. Spend more time with those important to you, which can increase your well-being through laugher and connection, both which can help you relax and relieve stress. Learn a hobby or pick back up on an old hobby you love. Reduce your screen time. Reducing screen time can help you focus on your well-being in 2022 and beyond and give you extra time you didn’t know you had to reach your goals! Reduce screen time by 10 minutes a day (cell phone, computer, TV, tablet, etc.). If you have a smartphone, use the focus or wind-down features and modes to help manage your mobile use One hour before bed, reduce blue light exposure by switching off your electronics Don’t forget to move! Even if you are already exercising, if you spend long periods of time being inactive, you want to make sure you get up and move Get moving at work, this could include a walking break at work or stretching Add 10 minutes of exercise to your day. Trade dessert for a walk after dinner. Make small changes to your daily nutrition. Small changes, over time, can add up! Each day eat an extra serving of fruits or vegetables. Instead of a snack or treat, go for fruits or vegetables in your lunch. Drink more water. Balance. Leave work at work and home at home and make the most of your time in both places! Take your designated breaks as often as you are able. Avoid work burnout. Limit the number of days you go in early or stay late. When you’re away from work, avoid checking emails and voicemails, if possible. Plan to take time off for personal days and vacations. Visit your local library. Your local library is a great resource to learn something new. See your local librarian to learn more. Set a reading goal for 2022. Attend a lecture or learn a craft. Learn a new skill, language or further your knowledge using one of the many online learning programs your library has available.