March is National Nutrition Month, which is intended to bring attention to the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Not only do these healthy habits help you stay fit and full of energy, but they also help prevent future diseases and illnesses down the road.
Dictionary.com defines wellness as “an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases.” It’s our belief that if people take care of their health today, it will reduce their health risks later on.
Promoting Wellness at IWCO Direct
This means providing a benefit program that promotes living well and having a high quality of life. To do that, we offer a comprehensive benefits program with wellness features (like yearly checkups, fitness club discounts, smoking cessation programs) that we encourage employees to take full advantage of.
However, no amount of wellness programs and incentives can make someone healthy; it has to be an intentional lifestyle choice. Take, for instance, New Year’s resolutions. Most people make a few at the beginning of January, but now that we’re two months into the year, let’s take a pulse check: How close are you to accomplishing those goals? Without the desire to reach a goal, willpower to make changes, and mindful decision making, you won’t get far.
Wellness Requires Preparation
You must be purposeful in your actions: Schedule your preventive appointments for the year in advance and put reminders in your calendar, find a healthy diet and exercise plan and stick to it. And it’s not just about your nutrition; be purposeful in what you are putting into your body and your mind. Mental health issues are often left undiagnosed and can lead to serious physical ailments, relationship tension, and poor job performance. Make sure you are getting enough sleep at night and take time to de-stress and focus on your emotional wellbeing.
If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to get healthy this year and you haven’t made much progress, there’s good news—you still have 10 months left! Take it one day at a time and don’t be a perfectionist with your performance; after all, healthy living is all about moderation. Be sure to celebrate your successes as well—they will help keep you motivated to keep going.
Here’s our challenge to you: Be intentional about your wellness and let your motivation be your own health and happiness! Don’t wait for a bad lab result or health scare before you start taking your health seriously.
We hope you’ll join us in intentional health and IWCO Direct’s commitment to living better. Do it for you!
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