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7 Steps to Better Health…and $1 Million!

Dr. OzIf someone handed you a list of seven simple things to do that could radically improve your overall health, would you be willing to follow them? What if that person guaranteed you radically better health AND a million dollars?

Earlier this week Dr. Oz made an appearance on Z100’s Elvis Duran and the Morning Show to promote his Transformation Nation: Million Dollar You plan. The plan’s seven steps aim to encourage healthier lifestyles and a better understanding of overall wellness factors. As an incentive, Dr. Oz is offering a chance at $1 million to anyone who completes the seven-step program over the next few months.

So, interested in transforming your health and taking a stab at the cash prize? Here are the Transformation Nation steps:

Connect with Your Doctor

While most dieters will seek out online support and assistance to get started with their weight loss goals, relatively few would schedule a visit with a cardiac doctor before hopping on the bathroom scale. In his radio announcement, Dr. Oz stressed the importance of making an annual appointment with a cardiologist in NY or your local practice to establish baseline health factors. By speaking with a heart doctor about your blood pressure and cholesterol levels you can get a better view of what is going on inside your body. A visit with your doctor can also provide helpful personalized advice about what lifestyle changes will have the greatest impact on your cardiac and overall health.

Tell a Friend

Establishing a support network or buddy system is essential to ensuring the success of any personal goal. In moments of weakness, having a friend’s voice encouraging you to stick with your plan can make the difference between giving in and giving success another try. Be upfront with friends and family about what your health goals are (losing weight, exercising more) and how they can help (having healthy options ready when you come over, sending motivational emails).

Calculate your BMI

Knowing exactly where your body weighs in is important to establish your starting point. In Oz’s program, the initial weigh-in at Weight Watchers is used to calculate your Body Mass Index, one measure of overall health. BMIs of more than 25 are considered to be unhealthy and indicate a need to lose weight through diet or exercise.

Learn Your Family’s Health History

Understanding the genetic traits that appear in your family medical history can provide great insight into any symptoms or conditions you may be experiencing. Having a family health history readily available can also alert you to any tests or screenings that you may need to ask about at an earlier age than most people.

Get More Sleep

How effectively you are able to rest each night can have just as great an impact on your health as how effectively you are able to exercise. Not only is it vital to get enough sleep each night, but it is vital to get quality sleep in which your body is free to repair and restore itself. Dr. Oz recommends at least 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night to feel completely rested and rejuvenated the next day.

Assess Your Stress

Not only does stress affect your quality of life, but it can dramatically impact your health in a myriad of ways. High blood pressure, pain, irritability and a higher susceptibility to illnesses have all been linked to too much stress. Learn how to control and manage the stress triggers in your life to improve your health from the inside out.

Start New Fitness Habits

Setting fitness goals doesn’t have to be as intimidating as training for a marathon or swimming across the English Channel. Making small improvements in your daily routine can build to a much healthier overall you.

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