Growing Healthy Communities

Did you know that engagement in regular physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your overall health? Well it is!

There are many benefits when engaging in regular physical activity. For example, according to the Centers for Disease Control, the benefits include improved brain health, weight management, reduced risk of disease, stronger and healthier bones and muscles, overall improvement in your ability to engage in day to day routine activities, and it also proves to be beneficial to increasing your overall quality of healthy life.

We are all subject to stressful moments in life and living during a pandemic can cause extra stress. Did you know that stress can negatively impact your body? It can!

Here are a few tips that can help you reduce and manage stress:

COVID-19 has impacted lives globally. The mortality of this disease is alarming, even in the state of Arkansas.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death globally, and for men and women in the United States. This means that many of us in Arkansas could be at risk.

So how can we reduce our risk of heart disease? First, know the medical conditions and behaviors that increase risk of heart disease including: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, lack of engagement in physical activity, diabetes, alcohol consumption, and unhealthy eating habits.

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects thought processes, feelings, and behavior.

Rural communities report higher rates of obesity, and Arkansas is overwhelmingly a rural state.

Obesity increases risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer. But obesity is either preventable, or modifiable. It's never too late to adopt a healthy diet and engage in physical activity. Pack your lunch instead of eating fast food, make water your main beverage, snack on fresh fruit & veggies, make exercise a priority even if it is just a daily walk. If your neighborhood doesn’t have sidewalks consider a trail, or community park.