Grundy County Memorial Hospital | Live Well | Spring 2020

Standard U.S. Postage PAID Grundy County Memorial Hospital 201 E. J Ave. Grundy Center, IA 50638 Information in LIVE WELL comes from a wide range of medical experts. If you have any concerns or questions about specific content that may affect your health, please contact your health care provider. Models may be used in photos and illustrations. 2020 © Coffey Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. While much of our world has been turned upside down over the course of a few months, steady attention to your physical and mental health is critical—even in the midst of a pan- demic. Habits done day in and day out are proven to impact our health and vitality in the long run. But if that seems too hard, try these five tips that will help you feel better today . 1 Sleep well for seven to eight hours. If you don’t, you are at risk for weight gain, increased blood sugar and blood pressure, a depleted immune system, and more health concerns. 2 Move daily. Get your heart rate up before the day gets away from you. If you only have 10 minutes, it’s better than nothing at all. What type of exercise is best? The kind that you will do! Consider increasing your Adam Scherling Administrator Keely Harken Communication & Foundation Program Manager Newsletter Editor Crystal Petersen Wellness Program Manager LIVE WELL is published as a community service for the residents of the service area of Grundy County Memorial Hospital, 201 East J Ave., Grundy Center, IA 50638, , 319-824-5421 physical activity while getting things done by simply turning up the inten- sity. Vacuum at a faster pace or walk in place while watching the news, for example. 3 Prepare lunches and snacks before your workday. Make your choices nutritious foods that you enjoy. The time saved by having your lunch already prepared may give you extra minutes to take a walk, stretch or do some deep breathing. 4 Fill a reusable water bottle, keep it close and refill it six to eight times each day. Your cells are about 60% water and run best well- hydrated. Drink water with meals and between them. by Crystal Petersen, RDN, LD, Wellness ProgramManager 5 Make room for joy—every day. Make a list of things that make you smile and write down what you will do to make at least one of these things happen today . Get lost in something you enjoy! Choose these simple habits today. You will feel better. Tomorrow, choose them again . By choosing these simple, smart habits over a few weeks and then months, you will see measurable improvements to your health and well-being. Crystal Petersen, RDN, LD 5 ways to care for yourself in uncertain times Feel better today