Wellness Starts Within
We all understand the importance of physical health. But being well doesn’t start there.
Living a long and healthy life doesn’t happen by chance. It takes healthy habits. Now through October, we’ll help every member of your family create those habits. Follow along as we share tips and helpful resources.
Wellness is a journey
You can count on American Health Network (AHN) to care for your pain, illnesses, bumps, bruises and any other physical ailments you may have.
However, as we understand and learn more about the powerful connection between the mind and body, we know that caring for your physical health is just one part of your wellness journey. Wellness truly starts within each of us.
With this in mind, we’ve launched a holistic, educational effort called Wellness Starts Within. This year, we focus on four different themes — managing mental health, creating healthy habits, perfecting preventive care and examining health insurance benefits.
We'll share helpful information as well as quick tips to improve your daily life. We'll also tell you about resources where you can learn more and get support for every member of your family — from children to seniors.
Even small, positive changes can make a big difference over time. But where should you begin? It all starts with one simple conversation with the person who will always put your well-being first — your AHN provider.
You don’t need to go it alone. Let us help.
These habits can help pave the way to better health
Setting small, manageable goals can be a huge first step. Meeting goals, no matter how small, makes you aware of your strengths, which you can use to overcome obstacles and provide solutions to problems.
Try cooking at home more! People who frequently cook dinner at home consume fewer calories than those who cook less, and eating healthier reduces risk of depression by 30%.
Stay connected with friends and family. Having just three social ties may lower a person’s chance of early death by more than 200%.
Make an effort to appreciate each cloud’s silver lining. Not only does this improve your mental well-being, but people with more positive reactions have lower blood pressure, on average.
Try to get 7–8 hours of sleep every night. Most experts agree that getting enough high-quality sleep may be as important to health and well-being as nutrition and exercise.
Speaking of exercise, stay active! Exercising moderately (like a brisk walk) just 30 minutes a day, three times a week, has proven to reduce anxiety and depression.
Keeping your mind sharp and strong is a great way to stay engaged and confident. Plus, staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Take time to unwind and find a quiet place. Meditation, guided imagery, deep-breathing exercises and progressive muscle relaxation (tensing, then releasing muscles) can ease worries and racing thoughts.
Better starts with a conversation
Start the conversation with the person who will always put your well-being first: your AHN provider.
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