Here’s to a Happy, Healthy New Year!

Here’s to a Happy, Healthy New Year!

Wallowa Memorial Hospital is a recognized leader in community and employee wellness, and we’d like to share some tips for a healthy 2019. These tips come from Blue Zone, the study of the longest and healthiest living populations around the globe, and the common habits these communities share.

  • Plant-slant diet — the best meals are made of fresh, whole foods that are plant-based.  Swapping out two meat dinners per week for a plant-based meal can be a good start.  Try black beans over a baked potato with fresh salsa.
  • Move naturally — Take time out of your day for walking, with the goal of adding 30 minutes per day.
  • Join a local church, any church — research shows those who attend services live longer and healthier lives.
  • Strengthen family bonds — add a weekly or monthly family ritual to ensure these relationships stay a priority.
  • Find your purpose — if you don’t have one already, pursue that hobby or larger purpose you’ve been thinking about.
  • Beverage at Five Pm — whether it’s tea or a glass of wine or sparkling water, having a break between the stress of the work day and the rest of your evening has shown to be a good way to de-stress.  Put down the cell phone and the screen and relax with family, neighbors or close friends at the end of the day, sharing and supporting one another.

These are a few of the Blue Zones principals, and they are proven to help you life a long, healthy and productive life.  Enjoy!

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