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UNSOLICITED ADVICE from Cletus M. Weber Benjamin Franklin, Maslow's Hierarchy, and Your Health W health. But don't do it. Take steps now to stay healthy. ith so many deadlines, demanding clients, and difficult government agencies, it has never been easier to rationalize neglecting your Convince yourself that health really is that important. Among other things, both Maslow's Hierarchy of has higher relative importance than other significant aspects of one's life. Imagine losing just one of the myriad important " exemplify the belief that one's health things in your life: your house, your bar license, your job, etc. The loss of any of those would be detrimental, but if you instead lose your health, the relative importance of the others fades much more quickly. Decide to be healthy. It is not enough to know that health is important. You have to do something about it. Write down your goal to stay healthy—then do it. Get a physical. Don't assume you are healthy, or simply worry about whether you are. Find out. Get a physical, so you know your baseline on many of your key health metrics. Eat right. Eat better food—more fruits and vegetables, fewer Needs—self actualization, esteem, social, security, physiological—and Benjamin Franklin's proverb, "Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise, fats and sugars. Organic is ideal. Many processed foods and restaurant foods focus on flavor not health. Moderation is key. Calendar your exercise. You meet your filing deadlines at work because you put them on your calendar and you create reminders about them. Do the same with your exercise. Calendar your exercise and make time for it. If your calendar is too full, remove something to make room for exercise. Go to bed. You need sleep. Make sure you're getting enough. According to a sleep specialist at the Mayo Clinic, you need seven to nine hours per night, not just four to five. Take a vacation. Mental health is important, too, so as much as we imagine our own greatness, we are not so important that we can't take vacations once in a while. Solos can—and should—take them. If you don't have a staff person with sufficient experience to hold down the fort for JULY/AUGUST 2012 11 SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

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