Improve Your Daily Health & Take the #HealthiestCitiesChallenge

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Most people share a lot of things with the people in their community. You may have the same preference in sports teams, and your children likely go to the same schools. You might frequent the same restaurants, and run across one another at the grocery store and gas stations often. You may be surprised to find, however, that the things you have in common don’t just end there. I recently attended a presentation by Aetna and learned that another, much less trivial, thing you have in common with your community is your health!

Thank you to Aetna and The Motherhood for sponsoring this conversation. All thoughts are my own.

Improve Your Daily Health & Take the #HealthiestCitiesChallenge

Sounds crazy, right? If you’re like me, you probably think that the health of yourself and your family is determined by the way you do things in your household… not what the rest of your community is doing around you. If that’s what you think then, like me, you’ll be surprised to learn that is not the case! According to the CDC, a person’s zip code is a greater indicator of their overall health than other factors, including race and genetics!

How are we measuring up?

Studies of American’s have revealed that while around 77 percent of us report being either somewhat healthy or extremely healthy, that isn’t the case. In fact, half of all American’s (117 million) had one or more chronic health conditions and one in four adults had two or more chronic health conditions as of 2012!

We have to take back our communities!

Improve Your Daily Health & Take the #HealthiestCitiesChallenge

How can we do this?

We have to connect with others in our community! 94 percent of American’s say they’re willing to do something in order to have a healthier environment. We need to put our money where our mouth is, and encourage those in our community to do the same. It’s essential that we take steps to ensure the overall health of our minds and bodies.

Here are a few things you can do to improve your health:

  • Exercise each day. Something as simple as a quick walk in the morning, or sitting or an exercise ball at work can go a long way towards improving your overall health.
  • Drink more water and plan your meals. Keep a water bottle on hand at all times, and try adding a slice of lemon or cucumber to it as well!
  • Take small breaks often, and allow your body to have a good stretch and a few deep breaths!
  • No electronics at bed. Your body needs rest so turn off those notifications and put the electronics down an hour or more before bed time to help get the best nights rest.
  • Get Involved. Including your friends and family in your healthy routines will not only help the both of you, it will keep you accountable.

Spread the Word!

Remember, this journey isn’t just about you. It’s time to start sharing this information with your community as well, so they can focus on their health too! The Aetna Foundation, American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties have partnered together to creative the Healthy Cities and Counties Challenge! This will take a few cities around the U.S. and use them as innovators for a healthier America!

Improve Your Daily Health & Take the #HealthiestCitiesChallenge

Healthiest Cities and Counties Innovator Cities:

Tulsa City, OK, San Diego, CA, Kansas City, MO, New Haven, CT and Cleveland & Cuyahoga Counties, OH

Stay tuned for more info on this challenge, how these cities are measuring up, and what ideas and programs they’ve created to help their cities! In the meantime, start finding ways to get your own community involved!

Have ideas for improving the health of your community? Drop a comment below!

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15 thoughts on “Improve Your Daily Health & Take the #HealthiestCitiesChallenge

  • May 12, 2016 at 11:29 pm
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    I need to be more healthy. I should be drinking more water and excercising more. Reply
  • May 12, 2016 at 10:09 pm
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    I've been working on improving my health. I have definitely been eating a lot more healthy. I know I need to exercise more than I do now though. That's one thing I could work on. Water is all I drink, so I'm good on that. Reply
  • May 12, 2016 at 9:46 pm
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    I love this- we just started tball in our new city, and I love the community, being outdoors. It is so important to find what works for you and do it... and share it! Reply
  • May 12, 2016 at 9:23 pm
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    Really interesting statistics you've got over here! I've been trying hard to eat healthier and dramatically cut out unnecessary sugars from my diet - so far, so good but it was definitely inspiring to read your post today! Reply
  • May 12, 2016 at 8:59 pm
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    I will have to take the challenge to see where my city ranks. We have a lot of waterfront area which is nice to go walk along. We like to go hiking with the whole family. Reply
  • May 12, 2016 at 8:55 pm
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    I live in a rural area that is quiet and has good air quality. Your environment has a huge effect on your health. Reply
  • May 12, 2016 at 8:52 pm
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    I have been trying to live a healthier life this year and it is going really well. I found making small changes really helped me. I want to try sitting or an exercise ball while i work. Reply
  • May 12, 2016 at 7:58 pm
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    We work all the time to be a healthier family, but we live in San Antonio, which I believe is one of the unhealthiest cities. LOL. Though, it also means we have some amazing food choices, LOL. I love the idea of the whole city becoming healthy, though. So cool Reply
  • May 12, 2016 at 7:13 pm
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    I go on health spurts and have some good weeks and some that arent as on track. Staying healthy is something I am constantly trying to stay on top of. Reply
  • May 12, 2016 at 3:33 pm
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    We probably have a very unhealthy city since we have more fast food chains than gyms. I hope people can realize health is everything! Reply
  • May 12, 2016 at 1:10 pm
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    I just started walking in the early mornings. I love it, and get it done before the heat starts up here in Texas! I also drink a TON of water, and that helps a lot! Reply
  • May 12, 2016 at 12:30 pm
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    Sounds great! I walk a ton and chase 6 kids around the house, which doesn't leave much time for work out but I plan to get right back into it when baby is born this summer. Getting healthier is a must. Reply
  • May 12, 2016 at 11:03 am
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    My whole family is working on being healthier we are changing our eating habits and adding in more exercise time as well. What a great challenge to take part in. Reply
  • May 12, 2016 at 10:43 am
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    I am trying very hard to get healthier. I need to learn more about nutrition, but I am exercising a lot more than I ever did and I'm loving the way it looks. I still have more work to do but I'm working on it and I'm happy that I'm actually doing it. Reply
  • May 12, 2016 at 10:17 am
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    I am lucky that most of my friends and myself all workout daily. If we do not post that we have worked out we hear about it from the others - sometimes good/sometimes not so good! My worst habit is the electronics at bed, trying to get better on that one. Reply

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