If you had to give your overall health and wellness a score between 0 and
100, what would your number be? The average American’s number is
61, according to the
Gallup National Health and Wellbeing Index.
This holiday season, we’ve come up with 10 ways for you to improve
your number. Some are simple ways to add joy to the holiday season. And
others could have positive, long-lasting effects on your health, long
after the holidays have passed. Try one that resonates with you, or “unwrap”
all 10 healthy gifts throughout the holiday season!
Shrink Your Stress—with More Sleep.
Too often, our stress levels are elevated during the holiday season. One
of the keys to keeping your stress level in check during the holiday season
and year-round is to improve your sleep habits. Did you know the recommended
amount of sleep for the average adult is 7 or more hours of sleep? In
Maryland, 38-44% of adults don’t meet these criteria. Now is a great
time to try a few new habits that can help you
improve the quality of your sleep:
- Remove electronics from your bedroom. Dock your phone downstairs or in
another room so it doesn’t interrupt your sleep.
- Make sure your bedroom is dark. Treat yourself to room-darkening curtains
as a holiday gift!
- Being more active during the day can help you fall asleep faster at night.
Make sure you’re keeping up with your fitness routine—or improving
your exercise level—through the holidays.
More tips for healthy sleep can be found
Sign up for a FREE Frederick Health Rewards membership, and
you’ll be the first to know about upcoming events, members-only lunches,
health and wellness news, and more. We offer lots of activities and benefits
to fit a variety of lifestyles and schedules, all focused on helping you
take an active role in your health and well-being.
Be Merry, Medically!
Are there doctor visits you’ve been putting off? Stay up-to-date
with your primary care physician or dentist appointments, plus any specialists
you need to see. Give yourself the gift of good health, and make appointments
for yourself or family members.
‘Tis the Season for Moisturizing.
As winter temperatures drop, so does the humidity, which can leave your
skin feeling dry. Treat yourself to your favorite lotion, switch up your
skincare routine to include milder soaps and cleansers, limit your time
in hot showers, and be sure to drink plenty of water. More skincare tips
can be found
Eat Well, Be Well.
It’s often a challenge to
eat healthy during the holidays. Here are some resources to help you make healthy, nutritious choices—with
Be Festive with Fitness!
Carving out time for a fitness routine during the holidays can give you
a rewarding sense of wellness, along with physical results. If you are
on the fence or unsure about how to start or would feel more comfortable
with personalized guidance to hold you accountable,
Frederick Health’s ProMotion Fitness provides a safe, supportive environment. It’s designed as a partnership
to help you reach your exercise goals, supported by the Exercise is Medicine
Sign up for a membership today!
Studies show that smoking harms nearly every organ in your body. Additionally,
second-hand smoke harms your friends and family members. Give yourself
a priceless gift this holiday season by kicking the habit! Here are some
resources to consider:
Say Yes to Yoga.
Yoga usually combines physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation.
And the benefits are many!
- Americans who regularly practice yoga report reduced stress (86%), improved
sleep (59%), and better overall health and wellness (82%).
- At Frederick Health, we regularly offer seven different types of yoga classes
for 8-9 week sessions, including Gentle Yoga (perfect for beginners),
Senior Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, and more.
Sign up today as a gift to yourself! Better yet, sign up with a friend
or family member to spend quality time together!
Click here for the complete class listing and contact info.
Manage your holiday spending so you’re not over-extending your bank
account. Holiday giving doesn’t have to be focused on expensive
items. Give gifts from your heart that are heart-healthy for the recipients
too! Here are a few affordable ideas:
Touch the lives of cancer patients by considering a donation to
Frederick Health’s Cancer Patient Assistance Fund. This fund was created to assist patients who are having trouble obtaining
medicines and medical services needed to help fight cancer. It’s
supported entirely by community donations; every dollar donated goes directly
to cancer patients.