While at Hispanicize, I had the pleasure of meeting Russ Bennett, the Vice President of Latino Health Solutions at United Health Care. Their website, UHCLatino.com is tailored for the Latino community and is an excellent tool with a wealth of information on all sorts of topics. From understanding your insurance benefits, articles on health and wellness, sections on women and men’s health and chronic illnesses, and even recipes, the website offers access to services and information in both English and Spanish. And more importantly, it is in everyday terms the Latino community can understand.
One of the key points made throughout the website is the importance of health and wellness. It is so important to engage in physical activity for at least 30 minutes, a minimum of three times a week. Whether it be walking, running, swimming, or biking, aerobic exercise is key for heart health, builds and maintains strong bones and muscles, and helps to manage stress and reduce anxiety.
As a blogger, UHC Latino asked me to join them in their health and wellness initiative and provided me with 10 pedometers to give away to my readers. I, of course, gladly accepted. The pedometers track both steps and calories, and are easy to reset so that you can start all over again day after day.
Aren’t they cute?! Wearing a pedometer, even if it’s just around the house, will encourage you to take more steps. A common goal is 10,000 steps per day, which is roughly 5 miles. That seems like a lot at first, but doing things around the house or at work, or out and about running errands, will cover a good portion of that amount. Meet the rest of your goal by going for a walk when you get home from work or after dinner. As with any changes to your exercise and eating habits, please check with your doctor first, since I’m not a doctor.
Want one? Just fill out this form and I’ll mail one to you! And if you are on a journey to a healthier you, please feel free to share in the comments.
Disclosure: UHCLatino provided bloggers with pedometers for blog giveaways during Hispanicize 2013.