have seen the ads, "You in the Honda. Put down the
donut." That’s just one innovative approach of Montage
Health, a non-profit health entity that includes the hospital
I’ve been affiliated with for many years. In its annual
report, this health organization issued a lofty challenge:
"Let’s make Monterey the healthiest county in the
state." (It’s currently ranked No. 22.)
sure, great healthcare is a big part of keeping citizens fit.
In fact, says Montage Health, "our greatest dream is to
keep you out of the hospital."
of us individually has a big part to play as well. As health
care moves from go-see-the-doctor-when-you’re-sick mode to
I-want-to-feel-as-good-as-I can-every-day model, we have some
work to do.
matter where we live, say experts, a few simple steps can reap
big rewards to our health…if we practice them most days.
Here are some practical suggestions from Montage that can pack
a wallop of health into our busy bodies:
Drink more water. As mentioned in last week’s column, body
cells work most efficiently to produce energy when they are
well hydrated. Dress up plain water with slices of lemon,
orange, berries or other fruit.
out of my chair. Health experts say that some activity (at
least 10 minutes at a time) is better than none. And regular
physical activity is one of the most important things we can
do to optimize our health, according to the latest research
summarized in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
greens every day. "Greens" includes dark-green leafy
vegetables (salad, anyone?) such as broccoli, spinach,
romaine, kale, collard, turnip, and mustard greens. Raw or
cooked or raw, either is fine.
Spend less time on my phone. Believe it or not, we sometimes
function better when we disconnect from all the chatter.
to bed earlier. Sleep is when the body restores itself at the
cellular level and damaging stress hormones are turned off.
Plan at least 8 hours a day for this health-promoting
not eat at my desk. Ouch. Take at least 20 minutes to focus on
relaxed eating. The world can live without you for that long.
Spend more time outside. Got that one. I am happily writing
this column on the back porch with my puppy asleep under my
Enjoy a backyard barbecue every once in a while. It’s
summer! And good evidence says we tend to ingest more
health-promoting nutrients when we share meals with friends
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