In recognition of National Health Education Week, FirstHealth’s Community Health Services educators are sharing simple ways to improve your health. Tips provided by Alicia Steinley, CHES, Jessica Wilson, MPH, CHES, CTTS, Kristen Walden, MA, CHES, CTTS and Samantha Allen, MA, CTTS, CCP.
PINEHURST, N.C. -- Most people try to do their best to live healthy lives, but it’s not always easy.
It’s part of why health education is so important. FirstHealth’s Community Health Services educators are committed to helping people across the Sandhills make health-conscious choices. FirstHealth is recognizing National Health Education Week by sharing simple health tips that can go a long way.
Whether it’s starting each morning with a healthy routine or taking a few extra steps throughout the day, each day is a new opportunity to make healthy choices.
“It is never too late to start being the person you want to be. Whether that means working on your mental, physical or social health, start making changes to live the rest of your life how you’ve always wanted,” Alicia Steinley, CHES, said.
For those who might be looking to improve their physical health, FirstHealth’s educators recommend setting attainable goals.
“Dieting rarely works long-term. Most people end in gaining all the weight back after they’ve lost it,” Steinley said. “For sustainable weight loss, focus on eating the recommended amount of healthy foods like lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables and limiting junk foods and high-calorie drinks. Exercising and fueling your body with nutritious foods leads to more energy, better sleep, and a better mood.”
Kristen Walden, MA, CHES, CTTS, said she agrees with Steinley and encourages others to “make the healthy choice the easy choice.”
“For example, keep healthy snacks within reach so those are your go-to versus something less nutritious from the junk food aisle,” she said. “It can also look like scheduling exercises you enjoy into your daily routine so that it's easier to be active regularly.”
About Community Health Services
FirstHealth Community Health Services has programs to meet the health needs of adults and children, including school health programs, healthy living classes, tobacco cessation education and efforts designed to prevent childhood injury. To carry out this work effectively, Community Health works in partnership with other organizations in the region and continuously seeks funding from both public and private sources to initiate and expand these efforts.