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Healthy LifeThe Healthy Lifestyles program seeks to address weight-related health problems for children by offering caring providers, family-centered treatment programs, highly trained educators and researchers, and strong community partnerships. taking control of your life – getting healthy helps you feel in control of your life. Avoid too much sitting. Even if you exercise for 30 minutes in the morning, sitting the rest of the day can pose health risks. Recent research has linked too much sitting to diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancer. So, break up your workday by taking a five-minute walk every hour.

Some medications used to treat mental illness can have side-effects such as weight-gain and making people feel drowsy, restless or hungry. This can be a challenge to building up a healthy lifestyle but there are common-sense ways of dealing with it. Buying junk food, smoking and drinking alcohol is expensive. Eating good, wholesome foods (starting with tasty vegetables and fruit) and cutting down on alcohol and smoking can make a real difference in spending, which means more money for the things you really enjoy (see ‘Rewarding Yourself’).

A good treatment plan is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. Though it may take time to adjust to medication and therapy, they are your best defenses against symptom recurrence. Everyone has a different physical and emotional makeup, so it often takes time and patience for you and your doctor or mental health professional to find the right treatment strategy for you. It is most important that you communicate your needs to your health care providers and work with them to discover the best possible approach to symptom management. Your loved ones can play an important role in your treatment plan, too. You can help them to help you by making them aware of your medication needs and having them watch for signs of symptom recurrence.

Experiment. The best way to know what works for you is to experiment. Rather than subscribe yourself to one diet, try different foods and see how your body responds. Most importantly — research and tweak your diet based on what you learn. I enjoy reading health journals as I can read the information directly from the source vs. news articles or editorials which often serve an agenda.

Explore information from positive psychology and sustainable happiness Happy people tend to seek out and act on health information so paying attention to your happiness and well-being can help you to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. One way of making sure that you eat the right balance of healthy foods is to use the plate model for guidance.