The following are two of the Chesprocott’s Healthy Communities Coalition Health Tips, being offered by the Health District on a weekly basis throughout 2018:
Health Hint One:
There are bad habits and there are bad habits. When people smoke cigarettes, cigars or pipes, they’re not just hurting themselves. Every exhale puts more than 250 dangerous chemicals into the air.
Secondhand smoke, like smoking itself, is a risk factor for four leading causes of death in the U.S. These include heart disease, cancer, respiratory illness, and stroke.
Children who breathe secondhand smoke are especially at risk. They have higher rates of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems and severe asthma. So protect yourself. If someone’s blowing smoke your way, walk away. No amount of smoke is safe.
When giving up a habit, always replace it with a healthier one. Try reading for 20 minutes a day or gardening.
Health Hint Two:
Getting a good night’s sleep can help you in many ways. It can keep your heart healthy, lower your risk for cancer and diabetes, reduce stress and even promote weight loss.
Yet 70 percent of American adults say they don’t get enough rest. They’re not only missing the great benefits of sleep, they’re also raising their chances of having memory loss, low energy, poor mood, and accidents. Sleep also plays an important role in immune function, metabolism, and learning. Without adequate sleep, we lose our ability to access previously-learned information.
Chronic fatigue can also lead to poor performance in work, school, or other important daily functions.
Shut down all electric devices at least 30 minutes before bed. Make sleep a priority today.