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Healthy Lifestyle Calendar: Holidays for Healthy Habits

Most people who receive weight counseling from a health professional leave the exam room lacking the ongoing support they need to implement these changes. The result? People try on their own to make the right lifestyle choices but are quickly burnt out by fad diets and unsustainable workout plans.  

We know that eating right and staying fit is the key to good health, but strict, self-managed diets and intense exercise regimes just aren’t working. So, what’s the secret to losing weight and improving your health long-term?  

The truth is, maintaining good health in the long-haul requires a commitment to the long-haul. It’s not a sprint, but a lifelong journey. With the support of a professional care team, patients can instead begin to shift their focus to lifestyle health 

What does it mean to live a healthy lifestyle? We define it as the following: 

“The commitment in mindset and practice to a balanced way of living which includes consistent habits that promote personal wellbeing and fulfillment in all domains of life and that proactively reduce the risk of illness, pain, or hardship.” 

In other words, living a healthy lifestyle involves implementing simple yet consistent changes to nutrition, physical activity, and day-to-day life that promote good health. For example, taking the stairs instead of the elevator or pausing once a day to practice mindfulness.  

Whatever changes you make, the idea is that you start small and commit to these habits for life, not just for a few weeks. As you add more and more habits, their effects begin to compound over time, giving way to powerful results. These include decreased weight, less pain, and more mobility. 

It’s true that committing to a long-term lifestyle transformation can be easier said than done. While a habit is formed in as few as 21 days, it can take as many as one to two years of consistently practicing those habits for your new lifestyle to take shape. 

The key is to start slow and steady, focusing on the easiest changes you can make to improve your health. Those changes are different for everyone, so seeking guidance from your health provider is a great place to start. Soon enough, those easy changes will become a healthy lifestyle. 

And because we’re only human, practicing a healthy lifestyle also means understanding that life happens. Birthday parties, weddings, illnesses, and everything in between are all part of it. Practicing healthy lifestyle habits doesn’t mean foregoing fun or never getting sick. 

When it comes to losing weight, it may even fluctuate over time. The goal is to at least maintain a downward trend.

While life events may change your course, there’s plenty of others you can use to your advantage to guide yourself back on track. Look below at our calendar of holidays and dates of recognition you can observe along your wellness journey:  

 

2022: 

September: Healthy Aging Month 

September 14: National Food is Medicine Day 

September 22: National No Sugar Day 

 

October: American Heart Walk Month  

October 8: National Salmon Day 

October 10: World Mental Health Day 

 

November: Diabetes Awareness Month 

November 2: National Stress Awareness Day 

November 17: National Hiking Day 

 

December: Moderation Month 

December 1: Eat a Red Apple Day 

December 15: Healthy Holidays 

 

2023: 

January: New Year, New You Month 

January 2: National Start your Healthy Lifestyle Day 

January 17: Rid the World of Fad Diets & Gimmicks Day (Yes, really!) 

 

February: American Heart Month 

February 1: National Dark Chocolate Day 

February 25: Let’s all Eat Right Day 

 

March: Nutrition Month 

March 8: National No Smoking Day 

March 22: World Water Day 

 

April: Stress Awareness Month 

April 5: National Walking Day  

April 7 World Health Day 

 

May: Physical Fitness Month 

May 2: National Fitness Day 

May 21: Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day 

 

June: Great Outdoors Month 

June 21: International Day of Yoga 

June 23: National Hydration Day 

 

July: Social Wellness Month 

July 16: Fresh Spinach Day 

July 24: International Self-Care Day 

 

August: Family Fun Month 

August 15: National Relaxation Day 

August 31: National Trail Mix Day 

 

Ready to celebrate? Contact us for a downloadable iCal file.

Published on August 28, 2022