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30 days to a new you: Take Corrections1’s better health challenge

There’s no denying that working in corrections takes a toll on officer health; this 30-day challenge can help you get your life back

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Becoming a corrections officer can be one of the most rewarding decisions of a person’s life, but far too often, it can also be one of the most damaging.

From stress-related illnesses like heart disease, chronic pain and insomnia all the way to depression and other mental health disorders, studies have consistently shown that police and corrections officers are at far greater risk than the general public – all while needing to adhere to rigorous standards of physical fitness.

It’s quite the catch 22.

But just because officers are more likely to suffer from the impacts of stress doesn’t necessarily mean they’re destined to experience it. And while what follows is no substitute for organizational initiatives to promote officer wellness, making small changes at the individual level – which is what Corrections1’s 30 Days to Better Health Challenge is all about – can ultimately lead to big results for your health.

“When changes are too drastic, they may be overwhelming,” said Dr. Lina Dajani, an internal medicine specialist. “Small lifestyle changes are easier to achieve and maintain. They are more likely to become habits and lead you to success.”

Whether you are looking to get back into academy shape, sleep more soundly, find more accessible ways to improve your diet, or all of the above, this 30-day challenge can help you meet your goals and feel better in your everyday life.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started. Complete the “Get Access to Corrections1 Resources” box on this page to download a one-page sheet outlining the 30-day challenge for easy reference.

Sarah Sinning previously served as Senior Associate Editor of Lexipol’s and