A change in your lifestyle habits can help reduce your risk of disease and illness. Even small changes in your life will add up to big results. Add exercise to your daily routine to maintain a healthy weight and to strengthen your body and ward off diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
Childhood Obesity can lead to health problems now and in the future. Help your child and your whole family, eat healthy and stay physically active. Your child can learn healthy habits now that will last a lifetime.
Tips to maintain or improve your health
- Conduct an inventory of your meal/snack and physical activity patterns
- Exercise while watching TV – sit-ups, push-ups, run in place, etc.
- Take family for walk after dinner
- Walk kids to school
- Take a 30 minute walk instead of watching TV
- Ask a friend to exercise with you
- Dance to your favorite song or video
- Take a brisk walk at the mall
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator
- Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night
- Exercise with a video if the weather is bad
- You can break up your physical activity into 10-15 minute sessions throughout the day—it’s the daily total that matters. Aim for at least 30 minutes for adults, 60 minutes for children
- Replace Sunday drive with Sunday walk
- Drink lots of water
- Walk instead of sitting around
Tips for Everyday Health and Wellness
Ask the Doctor
Take an active role in your health care. Speak up and ask questions when you are at the doctor. Write down your questions for the doctor ahead of time.
Limit your Intake of Alcoholic Beverages
If you choose to drink alcohol, have only a moderate amount. This means no more than 1 drink a day for women and 2 drinks a day for men. Take a day off from drinking.
A healthy diet can help protect you from heart disease, some types of cancer, and type 2 diabetes. Cook a healthy meal tonight instead of ordering take-out. You can save money and eat well.
Physical activity benefits people of all ages and body types. Start slowly and gradually increase the intensity of your activities. If you are just getting started, try walking for 10 minutes a day a few days a week.