Health and well-be­ing

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Live smart, make healthy choices

To live a healthy life­style, we need to make smart be­havioural choices about the food we eat, how we pre­pare our food and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

Un­healthy life­style choices in­crease the risk of de­vel­op­ing com­mon chronic dis­eases such as di­a­betes, high blood pres­sure, high choles­terol, heart prob­lems, gout, can­cers and men­tal health prob­lems.

Healthy eat­ing is about the types of food we choose to eat and the meth­ods we choose to cook and pre­pare our food.These choices have a di­rect im­pact on our weight. A healthy weight is what you should weigh ac­cord­ing to your age, body weight and height. Main­tain­ing a healthy weight through healthy eat­ing and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity is very im­por­tant to stay healthy.

Be­ing phys­i­cally ac­tive is about mov­ing our bod­ies by us­ing mus­cles and en­ergy. Reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity pro­motes and pro­tects our phys­i­cal and men­tal well­ness, and helps to main­tain a healthy weight.

Reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity helps when giv­ing up smok­ing, man­ag­ing stress, sleep­ing bet­ter at night and also gives you more strength and en­ergy. Ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing peo­ple liv­ing with chronic dis­eases, ben­e­fit from keep­ing phys­i­cally ac­tive.

Source: Western Cape Depart­ment of Health

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