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Start Your Wellness Journey

There is never a wrong time to focus on your health, and Fairfield Medical Center is challenging you to make wellness a priority. For 30 days, we invite you to invest in yourself by completing simple tasks, adopting healthy habits and tapping into free education resources.

For Your Challenge


Follow the Map

FMC’s Map to Wellness was designed to guide you on your journey to living well. By focusing on simple actions that can be easily incorporated into your day-to-day life, you can improve your physical, mental and spiritual health without feeling overwhelmed.

Start small. Start now. Download your Map to Wellness today.

 Pro tip: Once you’ve completed all of the tasks, challenge yourself to start again!

Wellness Challenge Sponsors

FMC’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Team is committed to creating healthier hearts and stronger lungs in our community. Your generosity makes a difference for those we serve by increasing access to care and supporting these patients on their path to healing.

Thank you to the following sponsors:

Become a sponsor and join our healing mission:

Health and Wellness: Beyond the Body

Health encompasses more than the physical body.
Living well includes exercise, but it also means taking time to rest, eating mindfully, laughing often, expressing gratitude and so much more.
Because these pieces of wellness are interconnected, your Map to Wellness was designed to balance moving your body with fostering spiritual growth and protecting mental health.

Are you ready to live well?

Mental Health is Health

Mental health is health, and your state of mind can make a big difference in your physical and emotional well-being. For example, did you know that chronic stress can negatively impact your heart, while laughter and the hormones related to happiness can benefit it?

According to the CDC, mental health illnesses are among the most common health conditions in the U.S. These can range from mild to severe, and they may be life-long or episodic. Regardless of the type or duration, all mental health concerns deserve to be treated promptly, just like your physical health.

Your Map to Wellness includes several tasks aimed at improving and maintaining mental health.

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Move Your Body, Change Your Life

It’s no secret that regular physical activity is good for you, but did you know that it can actually improve your quality of life? The CDC recommends getting 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. Here are some of the benefits of moving your body regularly:

  • Improves quality of sleep
  • Decreases anxiety and depression
  • Supports a healthy weight
  • Reduces risk of diseases
  • Strengthens bones and muscles

Something as simple as a brisk walk each day could make an incredible difference in your life. What’s holding you back?

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Diet Makes a Difference

Living well means eating well. By incorporating healthy foods into your daily diet, you can improve the health of your mind and body – in fact, many of the benefits mirror those associated with regular exercise. Get the most out of your diet and exercise routine by:

  • Eating more fruits and vegetables
  • Incorporating more lean proteins and complex carbs
  • Ditching the junk food – including fast food, chips and sweets
  • Increasing water intake
  • Limiting alcohol and sugary beverages

Get creative, try a new recipe and build your new lifestyle today!

Mindfulness Matters

Coping with life’s challenges and emotions isn’t always easy, but learning how to manage stress in a healthy way is important for your well-being. Unchecked stress can lead to:

  • Feelings of frustration, anger, sadness or anxiety
  • Isolation, or feeling uninterested in things you once enjoyed
  • Poor sleep habits
  • Physical symptoms, like headaches, body pain, GI issues and decreased appetite
  • Worsening of medical conditions, including chronic diseases or mental health issues

Commit to coping with stress by setting aside time to unwind. This could mean reading a book before bed, going for a walk on your lunch break or meditating before you start your morning routine.

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Learn More, Live Better

Learning about various medical conditions – including signs, symptoms, treatment options and prevention – can help protect the health of you and your loved ones. FMC’s Wellness Challenge offers access to educational resources so that you can feel empowered in your healthcare. There is no wrong time to put your health first: if you have concerns, contact your primary care provider today.

If you don’t have a primary care provider, click here to find an office near you.

Find Your Connection

Spiritual health is something that may look different for each of us. What makes you feel connected and purposeful? Whether it’s through religion, nature, traveling, or giving of yourself to serve others, your spiritual health plays a key role in your quality of life.

Connect with something bigger than yourself by joining a new group, exploring your surroundings, sharing your faith or volunteering your time.

Learn More, Live Better

Healthy Habits: A Balanced Diet

At every life stage, our diet is vital to our overall health and well-being. A healthy diet can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and types of cancer such as breast and colorectal. It can also increase bone health and muscle strength, and help you lose weight. Having a healthy dietary pattern doesn’t just happen overnight – it takes dedication to achieve and maintain.

Healthy Habits: Embracing Exercise

There is never a bad time to set a new goal or ease back into a fitness regimen for your physical and mental wellbeing.

Healthy Habits: Drinking Water

Improve your hydration and health by making smart choices – like avoiding sugary beverages – and incorporating these tips into your day.

Healthy Habits: Improving Sleep

We all know that exercise is important, but did you know that sleep is also crucial to living a healthy life?

Healthy Habits: Immune-Boosting Vitamins

Vitamins play a vital role in keeping our bodies, and our immune systems, functioning at their finest. Learn more about immune-boosting nutrients and where to find them.

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Healthy Habits: Screenings at Every Age

No matter your age, routine screenings are an important part of monitoring and managing your health.

Healthy Habits: Achieving Goals

Change is a process, and meeting our goals can take a lot of work. Learn more about how you can stay positive and on track to success through kindness and smart planning.

Healthy Habits: Beating the Heat

It’s no secret that the summer heat can be brutal. While infants, the elderly and those with health conditions are most at risk for negative effects, even the young and healthy can be impacted. Learn how to stay safe and healthy this season.

Healthy Habits: Managing Screen Time

The “focus” of this article is on digital eyestrain and the importance of receiving regular, comprehensive eye exams. Learn more about protecting your eyes and managing digital screen usage while at home or work.

Healthy Habits: Put Your Best Fork Forward

It’s a great time to remember that eating right doesn’t have to be complicated— simply begin to shift to healthier food and beverage choices.

Healthy Habits: Rise and Shine

The key to waking up feeling refreshed and well-rested is understanding – and managing – your “internal alarm clock,” or circadian rhythm. Learn more about how you can become more of “morning person.”

Healthy Habits: Safety First

Keeping an eye out for hazards can help you identify and avoid them before an injury occurs. Looking at the world through this safety lens can help you protect yourself and those around you. Read on to learn more about common dangers and pitfalls – and how to avoid them.

Healthy Habits: Smart Shopping

Healthy decisions start at home, and planning ahead can improve your health while saving you time and money. Learn more about meal planning and smart grocery shopping here.