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March is National Nutrition Month, and there’s no better time to talk about why good health matters in relationships. A person’s health can have a significant impact on the quality and stability of their family and couple relationships. When an individual takes the time to care for themselves, they are often better able to support partners and family members through promoting healthy habits and providing emotional stability. Unfortunately, approximately 80% of Americans fail to eat the recommended daily allowance of fruits and vegetables. Only 1 in 3 adults participate in the recommended amount of weekly physical activity, and data suggests that by 2030, half of all adults in the U.S. will be obese. There is much at stake when it comes to physical health, as we can’t expect to care for each other if we don’t care for ourselves.

Care for Self is one of the key concepts of healthy relationships discussed in the Strong Relationships curriculum. This free, research-based curriculum explains that good health is about more than just nutrition and exercise. Mental and emotional health are significant elements that contribute to overall wellness. An individual’s ability to manage stress and conflict, navigate and express emotions, and seek help when needed frequently contributes to the stability, or instability, of their relationships. Despite this, however, people too often don’t receive the help they need. While it may feel counterintuitive, one of the best ways to nurture a relationship is to take care of yourself!

Tip of the Month:

There are many opportunities to practice healthy behaviors. Because many of these involve spending time together, you’ll find that emphasizing a wellness-centered lifestyle can impact you and your family!

Below are some tips for promoting good health:

  • Identify physical activities you can do together. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring! Chat with your partner while taking a walk, dance to your favorite music, or find a community pool. Research shows that you’re more likely to exercise regularly when you have someone to do it with!
  • Cook together. Preparing healthy meals together can be fun for couples or the entire family and promote healthy food choices.
  • Encourage good mental health. Activities like meditation, expressing gratitude, and healthy, effective communication are excellent ways to boost happiness while reducing stress and anxiety.
  • Ask for help. We can’t do everything on our own! It’s important to recognize when you need support, either from your partner or a professional, and take the necessary steps to getting it.
  • Focus on nurturing relationships. The best part about focusing on good health and healthy relationships is that the two go hand in hand! Forming and maintaining strong partnerships is shown to have both short- and long-term physical and psychological health effects.

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Submitted events will be reviewed, and once approved, the event and its details will be posted on the calendar. Supporting documents, registration information, and flyers can also be posted and downloaded with each event.

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