Each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes April 7 as World Health Day. This day not only commemorates WHO’s founding, but also brings awareness to a greater cause, annually putting the spotlight on a new health-related theme. Celebrate and appreciate World Health Day by focusing on bettering your wellness and living a healthy, active lifestyle.

Find a Balanced Diet

As you may know, feeling good starts from within! Proper nutrition can help you fight off various ailments, while giving you the energy to perform to the best of your abilities. A balanced diet is unique to you, but overall, it should include a healthy caloric intake of protein, carbohydrates and fats from fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Maintaining a healthy digestive system is also key since your digestive tract is home to tens of trillions of bacteria that can affect many of your body’s functions. Things like poor diet, stress, lack of exercise and other factors can impact the balance of your digestive system, but maintaining a proper diet that supports good bacteria helps you feel and function at your best. Eating well paves the road to good health!

Reduce Stress

It’s important to stay calm during times of stress, because it can affect us emotionally and physically. Here are some things you can do when you feel stress starting to creep up:

• Spend time with friends or family
• Get some exercise
• Get a good night’s rest
• Try yoga or meditation
• Make good food choices
• Take a breather

Stay Active

It’s only natural that we go through busy periods where our wellness regimen is less than perfect; however, it’s important that we get back on track, as our moods, energy and well-being all depend on it. Exercise releases endorphins, which ultimately make you feel good! Whatever activity you choose (make it one you enjoy) that gets your heart pumping will ultimately make you feel better and promote positive internal and external changes. Leading a healthy, active lifestyle is a gift that keeps on giving because the better you feel, the more energy you have to exercise and the more you exercise, the better you feel (and look)!