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April 2021: Move More 
April is Move More Month with the American Heart Association and it's designed to inspire all of us to live healthier lives by taking small, simple steps each day. We encourage you to utilize this month’s resources below so that you can become healthier by moving more. Share with your family and friends and let’s move more together! 
Eat Well:
Walking for Blood Sugar Control, Blood Flow, and Digestion
The benefits of walking extend beyond weight management and a calorie burn. Specifically when we walk post meals it can elevate our health in quite a few ways. When we eat foods, especially carbohydrate rich foods, our blood sugar levels rise from our meal. Our lifetime of blood sugar levels has a strong influence on our longevity and risk for disease and therefore is key to balance each and every day. Incorporating walking into your lifestyle can help with your lifetime of blood sugar levels.
When we go for a walk post meal, even 10 minutes, that movement can help bring our blood sugar down from higher readings. In addition to that, the movement our body experiences stimulates nutrient rich blood flow to places like our brain and digestive tract. BINGO! As our body receives oxygenated blood to places our body craves, it can support our energy levels, mental focus, and promote digestion. If you make your way to the couch after your next meal, challenge yourself to take a little walk instead!
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Live Well:
Physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your body and mind. There are many benefits of exercising: it improves physical condition, helps control weight, stabilizes mood, reduces health risks, lowers stress and anxiety, and improves sleep. 
Here is how you can incorporate exercise into your daily well-being:

  • Start Slowly - gradually increase your work out length or intensity as your stamina improves
  • Break it up - if a longer workout does not fit into your day, strive for multiple short sessions
  • Listen to your body - take a break if you feel pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, or nausea
  • Get creative - focus on activities you already enjoy such as swimming, walking, or dancing
  • Be flexible - listen to your body and if you need time to recover, then do so!

Resources to support you in living well this month:
Be Well:
With the Spring weather it is the perfect time to get outside and move. This month's initiative encourages extra movement to enhance our health. Some ideas for moving more this month are listed below:

  • Plan Moving Monday's, Walking Wednesday's, or Fitness Friday's with coworkers
  • Park your car farther in a parking lot
  • Take the stairs when possible
  • Clean your house...everywhere!
  • Walk with friends and family
  • Take a walking meeting or walk anytime you are on the phone
  • Set a walking goal each day and stick to it
  • Walk in the morning before starting your day
In Good Health,
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Check out our Wellness Page which features Wellness Seminars, Mindful Moments, and much more!

Kayla Isaacs, CHES, CWWS 630.737.9383 |

Madeline Engelking, MBA, RDN 630.737.9356 | 
About the Monthly Wellness Newsletter
The everyday choices we make can help us live healthier, happier and more fulfilling lives. The CGO Employee Wellness Newsletter provides monthly resources and education on a variety of topics like nutrition, exercise, emotional health and resilience, prevention and more. Our hope is that this information empowers you to incorporate sustainable healthy habits for a lifetime of good health and well-being.

Always consult with your physician before beginning any wellness program. This general information is not intended to replace your healthcare professional.  

Sources: American Heart Association, Zywave, Deep Nutrition Dr. Cate Shanahan, Genius Foods Max Lugavere, The Genius Life Max Lugavere

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