Maintaining A Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy LifeThe continuing rise of lifestyle-related diseases and chronic disorders means that we need to take a fresh look at health and healthcare, and to remember that prevention is better than cure. Here at the YMCA of the East Bay, we work every day to help members of our community reach their fitness goals, try new exercises or activities, build relationships with other Y members through social events and work towards a happier and healthier self. Cooking foods (above 165 F) destroys most harmful bacteria and other pathogens; if you choose to eat uncooked foods like fruits or vegetables, they should be thoroughly washed with running treated (safe to drink) tap water right before eating.

Mellow Out Monday with Stressbusters at the MSE Q level from 8-10 p.m. Persistent stress has been shown to have many negative effects on our health, including: loss of sleep, mood disorders, cardiovascular risks, digestive disorders and decreased immune response which increases susceptibility to colds, flu and other illnesses.

Regularly consuming foods and drinks high in sugar increases your risk of obesity and tooth decay. Learning how to manage your asthma and having regular asthma check-ups with your doctor can make you feel better, especially if you are experiencing depression and anxiety. Genes (not jeans) have a lot to do with body shape — there is no right” weight for someone of a certain height. If you are eating and acting healthily, your weight is probably fine.

The Better Health Channel is a trusted source of health and medical information. Every piece of information is developed with leading health professionals in Australia, so Victorians can be assured they are getting the most accurate and latest in health knowledge. There’s plenty of information on healthy eating and exercise that will help you on your journey to good health. There’s also a resource called My Health Life where you can record, monitor and manage your health and wellbeing.

Living with a mood disorder can make it difficult to maintain friendships, family relationships, and intimate partnerships. Relationship trouble may arise from unpredictable or careless behavior during manias or social withdrawal during depressions, and may be made worse by others’ lack of understanding of mood disorders. Though you may feel lonely and isolated at times, you are not alone—almost everyone who has dealt with a mood disorder has been frustrated by interpersonal difficulties. Education, communication, and acknowledgement of feelings are some things to keep in mind when working to build or rebuild relationships.