Make 2018 your healthiest year yet! Add these tips to your resolution list to boost your health and well-being!
Six Tips for 2018
- Make an appointment for a check-up, vaccination, or screening. Regular oral and medical exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better.
- Wash your hands(https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing) often with soap and water to prevent the spread of infection and illness. Handwashing involves five simple and effective steps – wet, lather, scrub, rinse, and dry. Learn more about when and how to wash your hands(https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html).
- Make healthy food choices(https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating). A healthy eating plan emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products. It also includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts, and is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.
- Get active(https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/index.html)! Start small – try taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking further from your destination. Consider mall walking(https://www.cdc.gov/features/mall-walking-winter/index.html) if the weather is cold or icy. Adults should get at least 2½ hours a week of moderate-intensity physical activity(https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/adults/index.htm).
- Be smokefree(https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking/how_to_quit/resources/index.htm). If you are ready to quit, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569 for Spanish speakers) for free resources, including free quit coaching, a free quit plan, free educational materials, and referrals to other resources where you live. Need inspiration? Check out these videos from the Tips From Former Smokers(https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/)® campaign.
- Get enough sleep(https://www.cdc.gov/features/sleep/index.html). Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions—such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. Adults need seven or more hours per night.