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Promoting Healthy Lives and Communities

At Building Life for Haiti (BLFH), we are committed to promoting health and wellness through education and practical strategies. Our Healthy Body page provides essential tips and advice to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and prevent diseases, including cancer. By adopting these habits, you can improve your overall well-being and quality of life.

8 Ways To Stay Healthy & Prevent Cancer


The Benefits of Regular Excercise

Exercise has numerous health benefits beyond weight control. It can be enjoyable and a great way to connect with others.

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Controls Weight


Helps prevent weight gain and maintain weight loss by burning calories.

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Combats Health Conditions & Disease

Reduces risks of heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and man types of cancer

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Improves Mood

Stimulates brain chemicals that make you fee happier and more relaxed.

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Boost Energy

Improves muscle strength and cardiovascular efficiency.

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Promotes Better Sleep

Helps you fall asleep faster and get deeper sleep.

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Enhances Sex Life:

Improves energy levels and boosts confidence about your physical appaearance.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Keeping your weight in check can significantly improve your health. Here are some tips to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight:

  • Integrate Physical Activity: Incorporate movement into your daily routine through activities you enjoy, such as walking, gardening, or dancing.

  • Eat a Balanced Diet: Focus on a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Choose smaller portions and eat more slowly.

  • For Parents and Grandparents: Limit children’s TV and computer time, encourage healthy snacking, and promote physical activity during free time.

Exercise Regularly

Regular physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your health. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. Here’s how to get started:

  • Choose Enjoyable Activities: Find exercises you enjoy to make it easier to stick with them.

  • Set a Routine: Make exercise a habit by scheduling it at the same time each day.

  • Stay Motivated: Exercise with a friend or family member to keep each other motivated.

  • For Parents and Grandparents: Engage in active games with your kids and encourage outdoor play and organized activities.

Don't Smoke

Quitting smoking is crucial for your health. If you smoke, here are some tips to help you quit:

  • Keep Trying: It often takes several attempts to quit for good.

  • Seek Support: Talk to a healthcare provider or join a quit-smoking program.

  • For Parents and Grandparents: Quit smoking as soon as possible to set a healthy example and reduce secondhand smoke exposure to children.

Eat A Healthy Diet

A healthy diet is essential for preventing many diseases, including cancer. Follow these guidelines:

  • Incorporate Fruits and Vegetables: Make them a part of every meal.

  • Choose Lean Proteins: Opt for chicken, fish, or beans instead of red meat.

  • Select Whole Grains: Choose whole-grain cereals, brown rice, and whole-wheat bread.

  • Limit Unhealthy Fats: Reduce intake of saturated and trans fats and choose healthy fats like olive or canola oil.

  • Take a Multivitamin: A multivitamin with folate can be a good nutrition insurance policy.

Drink in Moderation (if at all)

Moderate drinking can have health benefits, but it can also increase cancer risk. Here’s how to manage alcohol consumption:

  • Limit Intake: Women should have less than one drink a day, and men less than two.

  • Choose Alternatives: Opt for nonalcoholic beverages at meals and parties.

  • For Parents and Grandparents: Avoid making alcohol a focal point of family gatherings and discuss the risks of alcohol with children when appropriate.

Protect Yourself From The Sun

Excessive sun exposure can lead to skin cancer. Protect yourself and your family with these tips:

  • Avoid Peak Sun Hours: Stay out of direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

  • Use Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and wear protective clothing.

  • For Parents and Grandparents: Use tinted sunscreen for children to ensure full coverage and set a good example by protecting yourself as well.

Protect Yourself From The Sexually Transmitted Diseases

STIs like HPV are linked to several cancers. Protect yourself with these practices:

  • Practice Safe Sex: Use condoms and follow safe-sex practices.

  • Be Prepared: Always carry protection; don’t rely on your partner to have it.

  • For Parents and Grandparents: Educate children about abstinence and safe sex, and consider vaccinating them against HPV.

The Bottom Line On Exercise


Exercise and physical activity are great ways to feel better, boost your health and have fun. For most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends:

  • At least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. The guidelines suggest that you spread this exercise throughout the week. Examples include running, walking or swimming. Even small amounts of physical activity are helpful, and accumulated activity throughout the day adds up to provide health benefits.

  • Strength training exercises for all major muscle groups at least two times a week. Examples include lifting free weights, using weight machines or doing body-weight training.


Spread your activities throughout the week. If you want to lose weight, meet specific fitness goals or get even more benefits, you may need to ramp up your moderate aerobic activity to 300 minutes or more a week.

Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you have any concerns about your fitness, haven’t exercised for a long time, have chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis.

Meditate on God’s word

Praise and Worship God

Eat Healthy Food

Drink plenty of Water

Eat more Fruits

Consume less Salts

Consume less Fats

Consume less Fried Food

Exercise Regularly

Take your Proper Medicine

Reduce Stress

Have Peace of Mind

Get Screening Test

Regular screenings can detect cancer early when it’s most treatable. Talk to your healthcare provider about which tests you need and when to get them.

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