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  • Healthy Living: Exercise, Diet and Stress DIVISION OF YOUTH CORRECTIONS
    • The Division of Youth Corrections (DYC) and the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) do not require their employees to follow a healthy lifestyle. However, maintaining a healthy balance between eating patterns and activity levels are highly recommended by health professionals and medical experts.
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    • There is an increasing prevalence of obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers in this country due to poor physical health.
    • Establishing a healthy lifestyle is your primary and best prevention against many of these conditions.
    • Experts say just 30 minutes of activity three to four days per week will help you stay healthier.
    • Exercise will make you feel better, improve your health and help you perform at your best every day.
    • Best of all, it is never too late to start.
  • The question is: How do I do this?
    • There are many ways to exercise every day with out going to the gym or to a fitness club. Here are a few:
      • Park farther away from work, the grocery store, or the shopping mall.
      • Take your dog for a 20-30 minute walk every other day.
      • Add exercise into your weekend plans.
      • Turn your coffee break into a walking break.
      • Use the stairs instead of the elevator/escalator.
  • What are the benefits of exercising?
    • Here are just a few:
      • Capacity of lungs increases.
      • Heart muscle grows stronger.
      • Promotes strong and healthy bones.
      • Increases intellectual capacity and productivity.
      • Antidote for emotional disturbances – a.k.a. stress.
      • Realistic way to lose weight.
    • Guide your food choices with the help from the “Food Guide Pyramid” and the “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” .
    • A well-balanced diet coupled with regular exercise is a successful combination to help keep your body fit.
  • HELP!
    • Changing personal behaviors and attitudes about nutrition and health can be challenging. The following world wide web sites may assist you in making some lifestyle changes:
    • Stress is simply the body’s non-specific response to any demand made on it.
    • Stress is synonymous with nervous tension or anxiety.
    • Stress can also cause exhaustion, illness, heart attacks and other adverse conditions.
    • One important thing to remember about stress is that certain forms are normal and essential.
    • The following are indicators that you may be encountering negative stress:
        • General irritability.
        • Elevated heart rate/ Increased blood pressure.
        • Floating anxiety-anxious feeling for no specific reason.
        • Trembling.
        • Insomnia.
        • Headaches
        • Indigestion.
        • Pain in neck and/ or lower back.
    • The following are tips on how to maintain a healthier lifestyle and to prepare you to cope with the stress of everyday living.
      • Structure at least three to four days a week to include a minimum of 20 minutes of aerobic exercise.
      • Eat well-balanced meals, more whole grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables.
      • Reduce caffeine. The substance may aggravate anxiety, insomnia, nervousness and trembling.
      • Avoid alcohol and drugs. These substances may add to headaches and swelling, decrease coping mechanisms and add to depression.
      • Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night.
      • Spend time each day with at least one relaxation technique-imagery, daydreaming, prayer, yoga, meditation….
      • Go for a walk.
      • “ Release that which you can not control”
  • The End Division of Youth Corrections Office of Quality Assurance