February is Preventative Health Awareness Month

Stay proactive and prioritize your health this February! Join us in recognizing Preventative Health Awareness Month and learn how to take charge of your well-being at every age. 💪🏻✨

By taking preventative measures, the risk of developing chronic diseases could be lowered at all stages of your life.  Preventative health measures include making healthy lifestyle choices, taking care of your mental health, getting enough sleep, and identifying risk factors for disease.

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Eating a healthy, balanced diet

Nourishing our bodies with healthy, whole foods can improve our mood, help manage conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes, and contribute to better heart health.

Movement is medicine

Numerous studies have confirmed the benefits of regular physical activity for older adults. An active lifestyle can help improve balance and decrease your risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Exercise helps our brains release endorphins and other “feel good” chemicals that can help enhance mood.

Prioritizing mental health and well-being

Mental health and emotional well-being are critical considerations for our aging population. Thus, regular self-care through exercise, meditation and activities that bring you joy, such as painting, singing, or writing, can help strengthen your mental well-being.

Getting a good night’s sleep

Not getting good quality sleep can negatively affect our health and well-being. Poor sleep quality can potentially increase the risk of developing anxiety, depression, suicidal behaviours, cognitive issues, physical impairments, heart disease, diabetes, and immune disorders.

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McMaster Optimal Aging Portal. (2023, February 22). Preventative health: A proactive approach. McMaster University Optimal Aging Portal. https://www.mcmasteroptimalaging.org/blog/detail/hitting-the-headlines/2023/02/22/preventative-health-a-proactive-approach

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