Ohio Governor Declares September "Get Your Well On" Month

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Ohio Governor Ted Strickland has issued a proclamation declaring that September 2010 is “Get Your Well On Month” and that all Ohioans should take such essential steps toward health and disease prevention by engaging in healthful behaviors such as eating a balanced diet, exercising, and visiting their primary care provider for early screening and detection of problems.

All Americans Can Benefit from Ohio Campaign's Health Tips

The “Get Your Well On” campaign is an effort through Ohio’s Health Care Home, a website helping state residents with the resources they need to get and stay well.

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A study published in 2008 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that preventable causes of death, such as tobacco smoking, poor diet, physical inactivity and misuse of alcohol are estimated to be responsible for nearly 40% of the total yearly mortality in the United States.

Six consumer cards for wellness and prevention of disease are at the center of the “GYWO” campaign. Each card addresses a core component of a healthy lifestyle:

• The “Eat Well” card encourages a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains for both overall health and for weight maintenance. Breakfast is encouraged for both children and adults as a way to get the day started right.
• The “Move Well” card encourages at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day and gives tips on being more active in general, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
• The “Sleep Well” card underscores the benefits of a good night’s rest. Based on age and other individual needs, adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. Children need more, with school aged kids requiring 10-11 hours per night.
• The “Unwind Well” card reminds us to take control of excess stress, which can be damaging to the body. Stress is linked to heart disease, blood pressure issues and obesity as well as contributing to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
• The “Age Well” card gives tips on delaying the onset of such age related conditions as heart disease, cancer, and dementia. Maintaining an active social life, for example, is as much of a health benefit as quitting smoking.
• The “Visit Well” card focuses on the importance of regular doctor visits. Regular checkups allow preventive care that can stop illnesses from developing or worsening. The group also offers a children’s coloring book called “My Doctor Cares for Me!” which can help ease the anxiety felt before a well visit.

The “Get Your Well On” campaign is hosting a series of free informational sessions across the state about the program. Times and locations can be found at www.ohiohealthcarehome.com. Materials for distribution can also be ordered from the site.

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