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Five Minutes for Health

ClockTake steps in just minutes to maintain or improve your health.

Take 5! Or less! Small changes that only take a little time can go a long way to improve or maintain good health.

In Five Minutes or Less, You Can:

  1. Wash hands
    Handwashing is one of the best things we can do to keep from getting sick and avoid spreading germs to others. Learn when and how to wash your hands the recommended way.
  2. Buckle up
    Seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about half. Seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes. Get the facts about seat belts.
  3. Protect your skin
    Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. To protect your skin use a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, seek shade, cover up and avoid indoor tanning.
  4. Read food labels
    Look at nutrition labels to know what you're eating. See how much fat, cholesterol, sodium, sugars, and other ingredients are in your food.
  5. Find a site near you
    Find STD testing near you to know your status.
  6. Test your smoke alarm
    Test your smoke alarm once a month to make sure it works properly. Replace the batteries if needed during the time change each spring and fall.
  7. Listen to a health podcast
    CDC offers many podcasts on a variety of topics. Listen to them for health and safety information.
  8. Know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and stroke
    Every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Learn the symptoms of a heart attack and stroke.  

These tips are just a few of the many things you can do in five minutes or less. Learn more small steps you can take to improve your health.

  • Page last reviewed: April 20, 2015
  • Page last updated: April 20, 2015
  • Content source:
    • CDC Office of Women's Health
    • Page maintained by: Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Digital Media Branch, Division of Public Affairs