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7 Days to a Healthier You

  • Brought to you by: MyLifeStages

  • It’s been said that when you have your health, you have everything. And when you don’t have your health, nothing else matters. So how can you retain the precious gift of health – for yourself and your family – this year? We’ve got some ideas and tools for you!

    We suggest you take one week, and use the list below to tackle one step per day. You can probably do each task in less than an hour, and by the end of the week, you will have an honest assessment of your current health and a plan in place to optimize your good health all year long.

    Salud!

  • Day One – How’s your health?

  • Take about 20 minutes to complete the MyLifeStages Health Risk Assessment. Your assessment results will be ready immediately.

    The assessment is a simple list of questions about you and your health. In order to get the most detailed recommendations, you should have the information below at your fingertips. However you can complete the assessment without these lab results.

    • Systolic and diastolic blood pressure
    • HDL and LDL cholesterol
    • Triglyceride levels
    • Your weight

    Write it down: While you’re at it, take the time to complete your Personal Health Record. Our security-protected tool helps you keep all your facts in one place, ready for you to take to your next doctor’s visit.

  • Day Two – Drugs, vitamins, potions and pills

  • Part of your “Health Week” should include a review of the medications you take – prescription drugs as well as vitamins, minerals, herbs and other over-the-counter pills and potions. Odd symptoms can be a side effect of medication. A drug interaction can look and feel like an illness. So, pull out all of your pill bottles and do some reading, below:

  • Day Three – Check in with your doctor

  • Now that you know where you stand, decide if you need to discuss any items with your physician. Even if your risk assessment results are excellent, with no “hot” items needing your attention, take today’s portion of your Health Week to schedule your preventive examinations.

    • See the suggested health exams for your age.
    • If you don't have a physician, find a doctor now. Our search tool can help you locate a doctor in your Northern California community who fits your needs.
    • Set health goals and appointment reminders, so there’s no chance of missing. If you don’t have a system already in use, MyLifeStages.org offers you a secure, interactive to-do tool. Try it out – make a list of “to dos” and send yourself automatic e-mail reminders.

  • Day Four – Learn how to eat healthy

  • You are what you eat. So devote today’s health time to focusing on food. Even if you don’t need to lose any weight, you can probably up the nutritional value, convenience and pleasure of what you eat.

    • First, start with our healthy weight management blog, written by MyLifeStages weight management expert Karen Handy, MPH. It’s full of inspiration and practical tips.
    • You can also check out a comprehensive nutrition overview, from our Health Center.
    • And here are some stories and recipes from women just like you:

      Diet Motivation – from a runner who’s up to trying a new approach to eating. See her blog series on her Paleo Diet Challenge.

  • Day Five – Get out and get moving

  • Arguably the single most important thing you can do for your health is to get moving. Exercise has too many benefits to list, but weight loss, stress reduction, disease prevention and better sleep are only a few.

  • Day Six – Stress less

  • Too much pressure, too little sleep, tight muscles – excessive stress takes a toll on your health. Learn how to take control and move toward a life of greater ease.

  • Day Seven – Make a plan for the healthy year ahead

  • No matter how your health risk assessment turned out, there are things you can do every day to maintain or improve your health. Your Health Week is a great time to make those healthy resolutions – and then learn how to set yourself up for success.

    • Today, review our companion article – Resolutions: 7 Steps to a New Habit, so you are prepared to succeed. Follow the 7 steps to create your own healthy goals this year.
    • Track your plan and get support! MyLifeStages.org, you can create a private health blog and track your progress toward your goals. You can keep it just for yourself or invite loved ones via email invitation to view your blog. It’s in one convenient location, alongside all the health information you will need to be informed and stay motivated.
    • Have questions? All year long, you can send your health questions to our experts, using our Ask our Medical Experts tool. You can also peruse the questions already answered on behalf of others.