Making healthy lifestyle choices is important for your well-being as you get older. Eating well, being physically active, managing your stress and keeping your brain active are great ways to keep your brain healthy. A healthy brain also improves your ability to enjoy your life while helping reduce your risk of chronic diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Belgium's new Health Minister, Maggie De Block is just shy of 300 pounds. This has prompted people to ask, “Would you accept health advice from someone who is morbidly obese?”
Chances are, it would shake your confidence a bit. But the point of pointing this out is not to bash the overweight. A person can be overweight and much healthier than the average person. In fact, a number of studies have shown that they live longer. (Extreme obesity is another story altogether – a warning sign that something's not right.) It should be noted that an alarming amount of skinny people can deathly unhealthy, with chronic, mysterious and invisible illnesses. This is not about Skinny vs. Fat.
No…the point is…why would a seemingly unhealthy person be bolstered to have such authority over a people's health access? In Maggie's case, she is not just giving health advice – she takes command …
Keeping active is a step forward in maintaining your health and helping you feel your best. Make physical activity part of your daily routine by choosing activities that you enjoy. Being active also helps reduce stress, improves your mood, and helps you feel healthier and stronger as you get older. Keeping your brain active with crossword puzzles, reading and social events is also important to maintain overall brain health.
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