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There are many important aspects of your life that affect your health and well-being. Improving one area, such as diet, exercise, sleep, physical surroundings, relaxation, and more, can not only benefit other areas, but also influence your overall physical, emotional, and mental health. In fact, when it comes to health and wellness, it's the smallest and consistent efforts that bring the best results.

Please join Sherry DeWalt, CGH Health Foundation Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator and ACE Certified Health Coach, as she shares information and tips that will help you lead a better and healthy life. For questions, contact her at 815.625.0400, ext. 5716.

Eat Smart for Your Heart

February is American Heart Month, and it’s a great time to re-evaluate your diet with an emphasis on adding heart healthy foods to your meals, especially if they can replace foods that are typically not good choices.

Should You Try Dry January?

If you find that your alcohol intake has increased over the last few years, you may not be alone. A survey about alcohol use in the time of COVID-19 found that many American adults report drinking more since the pandemic began in March 2020. If you’re among them, you might want to start the new year on a healthy note by committing to a Dry January.

Protect Yourself from the Flu and Other Respiratory Illnesses

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes National Influenza Vaccination Week from December 5 to 11, but the flu is not the only thing that’s floating around out there. Between COVID, Influenza A, RSV, and other respiratory viruses there’s a very good chance of catching something right now, if you haven’t already. It’s important to get recommended vaccines, but don’t forget that there are other ways to protect yourself and others against the flu and other illnesses caused by germs in your environment.

Do You Have Pre-Diabetes?

You may think not, but according to estimates from the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), about 40% of adults have blood sugar levels that put them at risk for developing diabetes and many of them do not know it. Find out more in this article and learn about your risk by taking a simple quiz provided by the American Diabetes Association!

MIND-ing Your Diet

Alzheimer’s is one of many forms of dementia, and scientists are beginning to understand that our lifestyle has a lot to do with our risk for developing this and other brain diseases. Since November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, it’s a good time to talk about how your diet might affect your risk.

Defend Yourself Against Breast Cancer

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Despite the current focus on genetics, only a small number of cancers are actually “inherited”. The same holds true for the various forms of breast cancer. You can defend yourself against breast cancer by going on the offensive with these healthy lifestyle tips.

Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill

You may have experienced food poisoning at some time in your life. It happens to about 1 in 6 Americans every year! With September as Food Safety Education Month, it’s a good time to remind everyone about the steps you can take to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

Train Your Brain

When is the last time you attempted to learn something new? When I was in high school my dad once told me “Never stop using your brain”. It sounds like obvious advice, but he may have been onto something.

Deflating Your Food Budget

Many of us are feeling a pinch in our wallet, so I thought I would give you some food for thought about the cost of food and various ways to save money on your grocery bill.

Sweet Corn Season

A simple ear of corn is delicious on its own, but why not try it in other ways while it is fresh and in season? Here are two of my favorite fresh corn recipes.