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Tackling Health Issues Head On

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It’s normal to have a few health questions on your mind, but don’t just worry — take action! You can get started by drawing up a personal health plan. While all health concerns and symptoms should be addressed with your doctor, there are simple lifestyle changes to make today that can improve your tomorrows. Don’t waste any time getting on the path to your best, healthiest self — read on for steps you can take to help address some of the most common health concerns.

Heart Disease. Steps to take right now: Eat fewer fried foods and processed meats and more heart-healthy fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Also, make a point of getting some form of physical activity 30 minutes a day. Finally, limit alcohol intake and never, ever smoke. Ask your doctor about: Blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Diabetes.  Steps to take right now: Eat high-fiber and low-sugar foods (and drinks!) to stay lean. What’s more, monitor your diet and exercise habits and track how it affects you (i.e. energized, tired, etc.). Ask your doctor about: Blood sugar levels.

Breathing Problems. Steps to take right now: First, limit your exposure to irritants like pollen, dust, and secondhand smoke. Smokers should immediately seek help to quit. Ask your doctor about: Asthma and allergies and breathing exercises that may help with your condition.

Weight Gain. Steps to take right now: Focus on eating well and exercising regularly to lose weight gradually. Ask your doctor about: Depending on your weight, you may need to examine potential risk factors.

Low Energy. Steps to take right now: Set a bedtime and stick to it. Also, instead of pumping caffeine and sugar into your diet, fuel up with energy-boosting foods like fresh fruits and nutritious nuts. Ask your doctor about: Daily energy levels. If your lethargy continues for two or more weeks without explanation, be sure to follow up.

As part of your personal health plan, remember to set goals that are both realistic and specific. For example, instead of making a vague pledge to be healthier, decide to change your routine in specific and positive ways —opt for the stairs instead of elevator at the office or eat a whole-grain breakfast every morning — and commit to those changes. Also, share your goals with a network of friends and family so you have the support you need to be successful. Finally, be sure to chart your progress so you can reassess your goals from time to time.

Find more information on how Independence Blue Cross can be a part of your plan for health and wellness.


Sponsor content is created for IBX by Philadelphia magazine as a marketing collaboration with IBX. This material is intended for reference and information only and should not be used in place of advice from a doctor or suitable qualified healthcare professional.