Reality Check

Carolyn Magner

Hubby gets healthy

| June 15, 2012

Dear Carolyn,

My husband is a 55 year-old trucker who has decided to take steps to improve his health. He’s scared about his high blood pressure and severe sleep apnea. He blames his medical conditions on the trucking lifestyle but for some reason, has decided to make serious changes.

I want to help. Do you have any tips for spouses?

Sarah

Dear Sarah,

First, congratulations on your husband’s decision to start on the road to health. I actually do have some tips.

See the doc

Before he does anything, drag him to your family doctor and get a complete check-up. Go with him so you can write down his blood pressure, weight and any other vital stats.

Baby steps

Encourage him to not try a drastic diet or fitness program. Add daily walks and reduce portion sizes.

Join in

Spouses who join in on a new diet and exercise plan have more success than those who go it alone. Stock the house with healthy food choices and pack low sodium, low fat snacks for him before he heads out on the road.

Good luck and enjoy the journey!

Carolyn

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