To Good Health This Holiday Season
Family gathering season is almost here, with wonderful opportunities to make memories, share time with those we love and perhaps enjoy some surprises. In October, we reflected on breast cancer awareness by wearing pink, scheduling mammograms or considering the impact of the disease. This year, it’s estimated 1.7 million new cases of all cancers will be diagnosed in the U.S.
Since the message of cancer prevention is worth year-round attention, this holiday season, we hope you’ll consider all the ways you can prevent cancer and be as healthy as possible. That way you can help ensure that you’ll have many more gatherings to share with loved ones.
So in that spirit, let us all take up the cause against cancer. These do-it-yourself ideas can help you start:
- Dial in our diets: Food is a means of celebration and enjoyment. But it’s also fuel for good health – and for inflammation that can become a threat. No one wants to go without some favorite dishes, especially when Grandma is cooking, but we can all control our portions, work in more fruits and veggies and cut sugar, fat and processed foods. Every bite is another chance for better health and prevention.
- Move more, more often: Along with familiar traditions, many families are making new, active ones together, like walking outdoors, riding bikes, hiking and other up-tempo activities. We all need exercise to stay healthy and stop weight-gain to reduce cancer risk. Keep it simple and aim for 30 minutes of activity on most days.
- You plan your meal, so plan appointments: The rewarding result of a well-planned meal is enjoying time together; apply that same thinking to the important regular doctor’s visits. Schedule appointments for mammogram, colonoscopy or any physical exam. Ask your loved ones if they’re on track with their recommended screenings. Keeping one another on schedule is another of the family blessing. To schedule your next appointment, call Hegg Health Center at 712-476-8000.
- If you smoke, quit: November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and Nov. 15 is the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. No one would argue that quitting is hard work. But not smoking is one clear and proven way that you can prevent cancer, as well as heart disease, stroke, COPD and other serious conditions.
We want you to be there with your family for many years to come. With the love and support of friends and family, as well as the expertise of your primary care physician or provider you can achieve the changes you want (or need) to make.
Enjoy the holidays with good health in mind.