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Healthy living, one choice at a time

Some experts say making one lifestyle change at a time is a good way to get started.

There is an old saying: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Relating that sage bit of wisdom to health, most of us would agree it is easier to stay well than get healthy.

Realistically, however, many of us need to get healthier before we can look forward to staying well. This is why it is so important we take that first step toward wellness and disease prevention before health problems develop—particularly the older we get.

A long and happy life includes good health, which means making smart choices about a variety of things—the amount of sleep we get; how we spend our leisure time; what we eat; whether we stay up-to-date on physician appointments, health checkups, and screenings; and so much more.

So if we know these are key choices to a long and healthy life, why is it sometimes hard to put these choices into practical, everyday application?

Often making all of these changes can seem overwhelming. Some experts say making one lifestyle change at a time is a good way to get started.

Not good at self-motivation? Try joining an exercise, weight-loss or health support group. Or get a buddy to schedule overdue health screenings and go for your appointments at the same time. These are great ways to begin making healthier lifestyle choices. The key to making permanent, positive changes in your health is unique for everyone, but everyone has to take a first step. Exploring your options and arming yourself with as much information as possible helps make that first step easier.

Grande Ronde Hospital has a wealth of education and information lined up to help you do just that at the Community Health Fair, scheduled for Saturday, April 23, at the Blue Mountain Conference Center. It’s free. It’s going to be a lot of fun with giveaway items, lots of vendors, demonstrations and more! Please join us! You’ll be glad you did. 
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