Faith Regional Health Services | living WELL | Spring 2022

FRHS.ORG 3 SPRING IS OFTEN thought of as a time of renewal—especially after the cold winter days. This spring, I encourage you to take the time to refresh your commitment to health. Schedule your annual exams Spring is a great time to get those annual exams on your calendar. These appointments are good opportunities to share any health changes, discuss screening options and set health goals. Don’t forget to schedule your eye and dental exams too. Plan your garden Planting a garden is a great way to get exercise and eat healthy. You can grow a variety of fruits and vegetables in your backyard—think broccoli, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes and strawberries, to name a few. Don’t have a backyard or one large enough for a garden? Consider growing produce in containers or joining a community garden. Adding fruits and vegetables to your meals can lower your risk for chronic diseases like heart disease and some types of cancer. And the fiber found in produce can help regulate your gut. Plus, being outdoors and working in your garden can be good for your mental health too. Dust off your walking shoes Walking is one of the easiest ways to get the physical activity you need for good health. And now that the weather is warmer and the sun is out longer, it’s an excellent time to walk around your neighborhood or hit one of our area walking paths. Stock up on sunscreen Since you’ll be spending more time outside, it’s especially important to remember to wear sunscreen to reduce your risk of skin cancer. Here’s to a healthy and safe spring! Kelly Driscoll, RN, MHA, FACHE President and CEO Spring intowellness