Practicing Healthy Habits
to Help Prevent
Cancer & Other Diseases
The Self chec website will help you overcome the inertia you may have about learning about and practicing healthy habits. If something has been preventing you from making that yearly health exam appointment, doing a self-check, stopping smoking, eating healthier or losing some weight, to name a few goals you may have on your “wish list” from last year and your health professional advised you to do, then Self chec will help.
We know the people who care about you want you to keep healthy. That’s a given. Don’t you think you owe it to them (no guilt intended) and yourself to be more proactive? Otherwise, what’s the alternative?
To start to take better care of yourself check-out the menu on the left and take the first step. We’re here for you…
Please take a second to read the blog “A Scare, A Scar, A Silver Lining” that Nicholas D. Kristof, Op-Ed columnist from the New York Times, wrote in 2010 about his cancer scare.
Your Body, Your Car!
Practicing healthy habits is similar to wearing your seatbelt every time you get into an automobile. It has been proven that wearing seatbelts protects you, as well as others from serious injury. In the same manner, you get regular oil changes and other maintenance work done on your vehicle to prevent break-downs; the same is true for your body.
Checking and evaluating your body will prevent sudden break-downs and failures. For instance, you would want to know that your vehicle needs new brakes prior to finding out when they may unexpectedly stop working while driving on the highway. It’s the same for your body.
Consider this: healthy blood vessels are flexible; however, arteries can stiffen due to extra weight, a sedentary lifestyle, and/or a buildup of plaque along the artery walls. To do an easy home check to see how flexible your blood vessels are; simply sit on the floor with yours legs straight in front of your body – toes pointed upward. Now, bend from your hips joints and reach your fingers toward your feet. If you are unable to reach your toes, this may mean that you have a higher risk for arterial stiffness.
If this is the case, when taking yourself for a doc-check, make sure you get your blood pressure checked and add some regular stretching exercise into your daily routine – as this will stretch and limber your muscles and in turn keep your blood vessels healthy and working optimally.
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