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Your Health Matters

Health is important to everyone.

Being healthy is not just about not being sick. Itís much more than that.

Being healthy includes caring for our physical bodies and how we feel and think. It is about the situations we find ourselves in, our relationships with others, who we are and where and how we live.

ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION:

  • What are some things that make you feel healthy and happy?

Our Physical Bodies

Our bodies come in all shapes and sizes.

Taking care of our bodies is important to being healthy.

When youíre healthy, you feel good and look good. Learn about how to care for your body and how to prevent the health problems that most often affect women. Take time to learn about healthy eating and exercise. See a doctor or nurse for regular check-ups, especially if you donít feel well.

YOU CAN START TAKING CARE OF YOUR HEALTH NOW!

There are many ways we can take care of ourselves and our bodies:

  • drinks lots of water
  • eat well
  • get lots of sleep
  • be active
  • practice good hygiene

Have you ever been asked, "Are you a healthy eater?

What does that even mean?

Healthy eating means getting the right amount of calories, vitamins and nutrients your body needs to be its best.

What we eat is absorbed by our bodies and affects our health. When we eat healthy and well, we can:

  • have more energy
  • have stronger muscles and bones
  • have a healthy body weight
  • be sick less
  • have better health overall
  • feel and look great

ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION:

  • What are some of your favourite foods?

Here are some ways you can be a healthy eater:

  • Learn how to read food labels. If you know whatís in your food and how much, you can limit those nutrients that you want to cut back on and up the ones you want to eat more of. For example, you may want to eat foods with less salt and more that are high in fiber.
  • Donít skip meals. Breakfast is especially important!
  • Watch your portion size (ex: Canadaís Food Guide). Donít stop eating foods you love. Itís OK to have a snack once in a while and always in moderation.
  • Avoid emotional eating ó eating because you are bored, stressed or feeling sad. Try writing in a journal, talking to
    someone you trust, exercising, making crafts or volunteering in your community.
  • Donít forget to enjoy food and mealtimes with friends and family.
  • And remember, always drink plenty of water.

Want more information about healthy eating? Then talk to a health professional, such as your family doctor or a dietician.

Here in Manitoba, you can call a dietician at no cost.

Call 204-788-2048 in Winnipeg; toll free 1-800-830-2982, or visit: Dial-a-Dietitian for more information.

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