If you’re a Canadian woman wanting a long, healthy life but have no idea where to start, then check out the Live Well, Experience Life website (www.tolivewell.ca ). After filling out a quick sign-up form, you’ll receive in the mail a free, printed pocket-book “A Woman’s Guide to Optimum Health,” compliments of SunLife Financial.
It starts like this:
The Time is NOW
Your health is like a retirement fund. The sooner you implement the program and begin making deposits, the quicker the benefits begin to build. And so, it also stands to reason that the more substantial the contribution, the more substantial or “healthier” the result.
More like a survival guide for women in today’s fast-paced world, Sherry Torkus, author, pharmacist and fitness instructor, shares with us 3 essential elements of health:
- The Foundation for Good Health
- Health Conditions, Risk Factors, Symptoms, Management, and Prevention
- Financial Health
In part one, the mini-book covers some important highlights on nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress management. Part two goes over 5 major health issues affecting the lives of today’s women. The last section suggests how to fortify your financial health.
Why finances? Because if you’re planning on living ‘til a ripe old age, you’ll have to be able to afford it! Think about it: if you live until you’re 100 and you retire at 65, that’s 35 years of annual living expenses to cover so that you can enjoy the golden years.
And since I plan on living to 120…I’d better read that part again and start investing!
Most of the information presented in this guide is sound, concurring with known health facts, so far as the research has shown to-date. There is one peculiarity, though, which caused me to pause in the 10 dietary principals for optimal health, energy and well-being.
Under Cut Down on Caffeine , it suggests replacing coffee (after your allowed two cups per day) with herbal tea (a good choice, most would agree) or cola. This is a strange substitute since cola also has caffeine in it! Interestingly, it follows the health principal to Minimize Sugar , which we all know is the other major not-so-healthy ingredient in cola. While cola is totally void of any nutritional value or known health benefits, several studies have shown coffee to have some health benefits for some people.
Readers, I’m confused! Can anyone tell me why they would suggest cola as an acceptable substitute for coffee?
So besides this small, conflicting piece of advice, SunLife Financial has done well funding a project like this. They remind women we need our health to care for others, which makes health a priority, and enables us to make informed decisions and live healthy lives by sending us the necessary information! Kudos to SunLife.