More Than Just a Healthy Heart
Maintaining good physical well-being is more than just having a healthy heart. In addition to going for a run, taking a spin class or walking for a half-hour, getting physical can encompass meeting your nutritional goals, losing weight, quitting smoking or even attending annual doctor’s visits.
And making these good choices when it comes to your physical health is part of the equation. When you choose to drink responsibly, get a flu shot, eat smart and/or get enough sleep, you are moving in the right direction, making impactful decisions that will show in your work, relationships and overall quality of life.
Small Changes. Big Benefits.
Other small decisions can significantly affect your health. From washing one’s hands to drinking more water to adding an extra fruit or vegetable to your daily intake, incremental changes can reap big rewards.
Physical well-being means you can get the most out of your daily activities without fatigue or physical stress. Recognizing that your daily habits and behaviors have a significant impact on your overall health, well-being and quality of life is the first step to healthy physical well-being.
- Life's Simple 7 with Dr. Eduardo Sanchez
- UNT Recreational Sports virtual resources to help you "Stay Active. Stay Healthy. Stay Involved."
- LinkedIn through our Learning Portal has several 2 minute videos that will be helpful for stretching while at home
- Low cost fitness program is available via the employee health insurance plan (Health Select of Texas BCBS) - choose a participating gym or fitness center near you.
- As an employee, you can enjoy many perks as part of campus life - great places to eat, music, sports, art, research and more. And, each campus has a fitness center - learn more about campus perks and check out the campus fitness centers (and learn about discounted memberships) here.
A healthy weight helps you control cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. It can also help prevent weight-related diseases, such as diabetes, arthritis and some cancers.
Did you know that if you are enrolled in the employee health insurance plan you can access two free weight management plans? Wondr and Real Appeal are available to you at no cost - check them out here and decide which one is best for you.
According to the CDC, quitting tobacco is "one of the most important actions people can take to improve their health. This is true regardless of their age or how long they have used tobacco".
- Learn about free tobacco cessation programs available via your employee health insurance (Health Select of Texas BCBS)
- Learn more about why it's important to quit here (CDC).
Good nutrition is a key part of physical well-being. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC)), benefits of eating healthily for adults include:
- May help you live longer
- Keeps skin, teeth, and eyes healthy.
- Supports muscles.
- Boosts immunity.
- Strengthens bones.
- Lowers risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.
- Supports healthy pregnancies and breastfeeding.
- Helps the digestive system function.
If you or your family are struggling to provide sustaining, nutritious food there are resources in the community that may be able to help:
Area Community Food Services
211.org (online resource to find resources by zip code/in your area)