Care for Your Colon!

Happy mature woman outdoor portrait Colorectal cancer is preventable and treatable when detected early. There are certain risk factors that affect a person’s chance of getting cancer. Different cancers have different risk factors. Some risk factors cannot be changed, such as a person’s age or family history. Other factors can be controlled to minimize a person’s risk for getting cancer. There are six factors that have been linked to colorectal cancer.

1. Eat a Healthy Diet A diet high in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains has been linked to decreased risk of colorectal cancer. Add a variety of vegetables and fruit to your daily diet. Replace refined grain products made with white flour with whole grains like oats, spelt, and whole wheat.

2. Stay Active Regular physical activity can significantly lower your risk of getting colorectal cancer. Adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week. It all adds up, so it’s okay to start small by adding just a few minutes of movement at a time.

3. Watch Your Weight Being overweight or obese increases your risk of getting colorectal cancer. Eating a balanced diet and staying physically active can help you reach or maintain a healthy weight.

4. Don’t Smoke Smokers are more likely than non-smokers to develop and die from colorectal cancer. If you smoke and you want to quit, see the American Cancer Society’s Guide to Quitting Smoking or visit Idaho’s ProjectFilter.org.

5. Limit Alcohol Colon cancer has been linked to heavy drinking. It is recommended to limit alcohol to no more than 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women. A single drink amounts to 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1½ ounces of hard liquor.

6.Get Screened Read more…

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Housewalking. Try it.

Housewalking

No time for the gym, for a run, or for a dog walk? Housewalking could be your thing! Housewalking is literally walking around your house whenever you can. It’s practical, available, affordable, requires no child care, no fitness trainer, no special clothing…and it can be done in all kinds of weather! Have you considered the irony of paying a membership fee to walk somewhere else when you have perfectly good floors at home? Think about it.

Here’s how you start

  • Get a fitness tracker to track your steps and calories burned
  • Get a spill-proof water bottle to carry around
  • Decide: do you want to walk in place or around your house; either works
  • Decide: which of your at-home activities should be automatic walking opportunities?
  • Put an “are you walking?” note in areas where you typically just stand or sit…the recliner, the stove, the sink, the fridge
  • Set a goal – try to rack up 500 steps each time you housewalk
  • Examples of housewalking opportunities: on the phone, watching TV, cooking, brushing your teeth, listening to music, cleaning
  • Get friends involved – start a challenge
  • Make it FUN!

Share your experience housewalking!

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Move your world!

Movement

You’ve heard it over and over – get your body in motion if you want to be healthy! But did you know that movement is good for more than your waistline? Moving your body can actually transform your world. Putting your body in motion makes you happier, less stressed, more fun, motivated, have better concentration, more confidence, improved relationships…and more. The best part? It does not have to be a workout at the gym; simply standing, walking, reaching, and bending helps your body wake up. So come on, kick it into gear!

Get your happiness boost from a little exercise!
Have an agitated body? Put those 360+ joints in motion. Listen to this TED Talk: The Hidden Risks of Sitting
Saving your exercise till evening/weekends? It won’t undo the harm from all that sitting…
Need some motivation? Check out Arthur Boorman’s transformation! Never, ever give up.

Motion is medicine!

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Enter the WaterPark Contest!

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Make a comment on this blog post by 10:00 a.m. MST on 8/24/15 by answering the question: “What specific thing do you plan to do, starting today, to kick your body into gear? Describe the activity and where and when you will do it. Declare your commitment!”

You must be a State of Idaho employee to win tickets. Winners will be posted on Health Matters Health Tools webpage on 8/24/15.

Join the conversation. Make a commitment to your body. You could be a winner!

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Built to Move

Move

Having all your best “moves” for after work? Stop it! Move throughout your day. Simple movements bring great benefits to the body. So stand up, stretch, walk to the printer, walk the hallways, wiggle, get up to answer the phone or turn on/off the TV, use door handles instead of automated buttons. Fidget, sit sideways, dance…do something! Remember all those times your Mom said “settle down” or “sit still”? Erase those words from your memory. Saving your energy and bursts of activity for evenings, weekends, the gym, or a special event is just silliness. We are built to move all day long. So get unplugged from all your technology and bust a move; shake it up. Dance is a great way to exercise – it’s fun and can be done in the privacy of your own home! Dance while you clean, while you move from room to room, while you cook. Warn your neighbors if you plan to dance while doing yard work; it will cut down on “those looks”. If house dancing is not your thing, get out there and join a dance group. Heirloom Dance Studios and USA Dance are great places to start in Boise. There are similar opportunities across the state. Please share names of dance organizations you are aware of in your area.

What is your favorite way to move throughout the day?

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No time for the gym?

Home Gym

It’s a pretty common challenge. There’s always something more important to do… Oddly, I do find time to sit and watch TV or play video games. Sound familiar? If this challenge hits home with you, try creating your own home workout area. You can still watch TV and play video games and you can be physically active while you do it! Shop for equipment at garage sales, second-hand stores, or your local big box store. Here’s some simple workout equipment for your workout area.

  • A set of 3-pound weights or cans; use while on the phone, while seated on a stability ball, while watching TV
  • A sturdy chair or stool
  • A yoga mat and foam roller – watch your favorite show from the floor!
  • A stability ball; there’s one at nearly every garage sale! Stability balls bring on laughter while strengthening muscles
  • A set of elastic thera-bands; they come in different colors/strengths and they’re great for stretching while sitting or standing
  • Don’t care for thera-bands? Choose exercise bands with handles on the ends
  • If simple is what you want, forget all the equipment and plug in a walking DVD. In 15 minutes or less you can have a good little workout (these are great for the office as well!)
  • Broom handles are good tools to use across your shoulders, draping your arms over the tops then slowly stretching your waist and sides
  • Stationary bikes are perfect for TV watching. Be sure you get a good fit for your back and your posterior; it’s got to be comfortable for you. Many stationary bikes are more affordable than a year’s gym membership!
  • Don’t forget your measuring tools: pedometer, tape measure, scale, BP monitor, tracking sheet
  • Check out the resources under Movement on Health Tools

So, no excuses! Time is a-wasting! We tend to think we will somehow magically have more time in the future. Not so. The time is NOW. Move it.

What simple resource do you use at home to exercise or stretch? How do you make it easy?

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Damage control?

Damage Contorl

“I love the holidays but I want to practice damage control this year…” my coworker stated as she left my office. It sounds fairly clinical, but it’s true. The magic of the Season can lead one down the path of destruction and compromise! What gets compromised? – nutrition, budget, sleep habits, exercise, YOU! I did a quick review of my last two weeks. I traded away two trips to the gym to finish holiday house decorations. I traded away at least three trips to the grocery store for after-work holiday get-togethers. Tonight I am trading sleep time and relaxation to get the holiday cards written. UGH!

There’s hope – you can stop the madness. Practice damage control…

Share what you do for damage control during the Holidays

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