National Geographic : 1943 May
Are you getting enough of these? TODAY, we owe it not only to ourselves, but to our country, to keep physically fit. Every man, woman, and child should have a health program-one carefully adjusted to his physical condition, age, and working hours. It should embrace sleep, rest, recreation,exercise, and a nutritiousdiet. Below are suggestions concern ing three of these requisites of good health. SLEEP? Sleep is a great healer. It eases the work of the vital organs and gives the body time to mend worn-out tissues and build new ones. Most adults require eight hours of sleep daily. Children need considerably more, especially | in the early 'teens. Refreshing sleep comes more easily when you avoid excitement or hard physical or mental work before bedtime. Daytime sleepers should be shielded from light and noise. REST Enough sleep-especially tossing, fretful sleep -is not necessarily enough rest. Have you ever tried to relax completely? When you are completely relaxed, asleep or awake, the re storative powers of the body can get at their work of overcoming fatigue. The habit of complete relaxation for even brief periods is worth while cultivating. It helps conserve en ergy for important tasks. RECREATION? Uncle Sam plans adequate recreational facili ties for our armed forces. Recreation is equally important for civilians. Hobbies, sports, music, are excellent. Try to get some of your recrea tion out of doors. For example, plant a Vic tory Garden! This year, it is not only health ful recreation, but a contribution toward win ning the war. Write for the Metropolitan leaflet, 53-N, "Blueprint for Health." MORE NURSES ARE NEEDED The health of our armed forces, our workers, our families, depends in large part on skilled nursing care. High school graduates and college girls!... America needs 65,000 of you to enter schools of nursing. Federal funds are available for scholarships for qualified students. Write the National Nursing Council for War Service-1790 Broadway, New York City, for information. COPYRIGHT1943-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCECO. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) Frederick H. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD <A Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y.