Self Defense: How Can You Prevent Disease?

  1. Eat Healthy
    Eating healthfully and choosing alcohol in moderation (1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men) helps you get all the essential nutrients, boosts your energy, and can help you to prevent disease.
    Poor nutrition can increase your risk of:
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer

10% of children and adults eat the recommended daily amount of vegetables 

90% of Americans eat more sodium than is recommended

50% of Americans will be considered obese by 2030 

2. Don’t Smoke

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death. It increases your risk
of serious health problems, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Cancer
  • Premature death
  • Type 2 diabetes

16+ million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking 

480,000+ deaths are caused by smoking annually 

Smokers’ lives are reduced by 10 Years compared to nonsmokers 

3. Exercise Regularly

Everyone benefits from exercise,
regardless of age or physical ability.
Your goal should be to exercise

at least 150 minutes per week. You
should also do strength training two days per week.

5 Ways Exercise Can Make You Healthier

1. Fights disease

2. Controls weight

3. Improves mood

4. Boosts energy

5. Helps you sleep better

1 in 3 children get daily physical exercise 

Less than 5% of adults exercise for 30 minutes each day

Children spend an average of 7 1/2 hours per day in front of a screen 

  4. See your doctor regularly

The consistency of having a primary care provider who knows you, your potential health risks, and your family medical history will help you stay well.

A family medical history is a record of health information about your close relatives. Knowing your family health history is an important way to protect your health. A complete record includes information from three generations of relatives. Health screenings allow your healthcare provider to detect a specific disease or condition early, even when there have been no symptoms or signs of the disease. 

When a health problem is detected early, you can get the right treatment at the right time, and it gives you better control over your health.

Getting recommended screening tests is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Ask your healthcare provider which of these screenings may be right for you, based on your personal health history, age, sex, and genetics:

  • Certain types of cancer
  • Osteoporosis or weak bones
  • Blood pressure
  • STDs
  • Cholesterol
  • Mental health conditions
  • Diabetes like depression

5. Get ENOUGH Sleep

Sleep affects your mental and physical health. Sleeping less than seven hours per day can increase your risk of developing the following chronic conditions: 

  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Frequent mental distress

1 in 3 adults do not regularly get the recommended amount of uninterrupted sleep they need to protect their health

Sleep deprivation is common and afflicts almost 1/4  of the U.S. population

About 70 million Americans have sleep disorders 

10-15% of the population suffers from chronic insomnia

ACTION ITEMS
DO ONE THING: Take action to make healthy lifestyle choices now to decrease your risk of chronic diseases in the future.

SHARED DECISION MAKING: Have a discussion with your healthcare provider about what you can do to stay well, and share your family history of disease in this conversation.

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