What does it mean to be a healthy Baby Boomer? I am one and am proud of it! But I latched on to the concept of Wellness early-on. Right out of nursing training I spent three years as a Navy Nurse caring for Vietnam casualties and really got a wake-up call about war and how it is not a good thing! But I learned a lot, grew up a lot, and then entered civilian life again doing the nursing thing at the bedside. That may have been the turning point for me because I felt the problems I was treating could have been prevented, and it all seemed senseless to me.
So I became a school nurse, got hooked on teaching kids how to stay healthy, and made the shift from treating problems to helping people prevent them. Much more rewarding for me and thus I was dubbed “Nurse Wellness.”
What I have learned and “know for sure” (as Oprah would put it) is that there are some core principles that if you adhere to them, all will be well. Why people don’t is still a mystery to me, but once you get in the groove of these things, it becomes fun, with a huge payoff—like you might live forever! And right now as a Boomer, that sounds mighty nice, doesn’t it?
So here is that magic formula for staying HEALTHY.
H – Happy attitude
E – Exercise daily
A – Abundance of antioxidants
L – Low glycemic foods
T – Take time for yourself
H – Help others
Y – Young at heart
So how healthy are you?
Be well on your wellness journey.