If you want to make this your healthiest new year yet, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has got some tips help you boost your health and well-being.
- Make an appointment for a check-up, vaccination, or screening. Regular oral and medical exams and tests can help find problems before they start or early in the process.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water to prevent the spread of infection and illness.
- Make healthy food choices. A healthy eating plan includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk, milk products, lean meats, poultry and fish. Make sure foods are low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.
- Get active! Start small – try taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Consider mall walking if the weather is cold or icy.
- Be smokefree. 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.
- Get enough sleep. Adults need seven or more hours nightly.