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3 Ways to Improve African-American Health

On Juneteenth, we honor African-Americans, amplifying their voices and highlighting their historical and current achievements. What is Juneteenth? June 19 is a holiday dedicated to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S. This holiday originated in Texas, on June 19, 1865, following the aftermath of the Civil War. The news of emancipation finally reached the confederate parts of Texas, where slaves discovered two and a half years later that federally all slaves were free. As we take the day to celebrate Juneteenth for all African-Americans in the United States, it’s important to also promote public health. Here are 3 ways to exercise health and wellness in the African-American community:

Schedule a Physical

Staying up to date on the status of your health is incredibly important. According to the CDC, younger African-Americans are living with or dying of health issues the majority comes across in their older years. Make sure that you’re scheduling a physical annually to make sure you are clear of any health issues. Preventative healthcare is most effective for catching health problems before they arise.

Increase Water Intake

Men should be drinking 3.7 L and women should be drinking at least 2.7 L of water each day. Increasing your water intake has numerous health benefits, especially for preventing health issues. Incorporating more water into your diet helps to promote the healthy growth, survival, and reproduction of your body's cells. According to Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, water flushes toxins out of the body, prevents buildup, and therefore prevents many diseases of the colon or rectum, like colorectal cancer.

Get Active!

Regular exercise can drastically improve your health. Even if you don’t have any health issues it’s vital to implement at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day. Heart disease is highly prevalent among African-Americans. Healthline reveals that regular physical activity is the key strategy in preventing heart disease. Cardio is known to substantially prevent cardiovascular diseases in the future.

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