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Five Minutes for Health

Five Minutes Or Less
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Being healthy and safe takes commitment, but it doesn't have to be time-consuming, painful, or boring. Most things are simple and take so little time that you'll wonder why you've been avoiding them. Even small steps can mean big rewards in preventing illness and injury.

Remember that maintaining and improving your health is a lifetime journey. So don't get discouraged if you don't "see" those preventive rewards, like the extra pounds you didn't gain, the high blood pressure you didn't get, or the emergency room visit you avoided.

Find out what you can do in five minutes or less to make a difference to your health and safety. Some things even take less than one minute. Here is a sample of activities you can do to help protect yourself and your family in five minutes or less:

  • Wash hands (20 seconds)
  • Buckle up (4 seconds)
  • Test smoke alarms (10 seconds per alarm)
  • Eat healthy (2 minutes to make a salad)
  • Take the stairs (2 minutes to walk two flights)
  • Make a doctor’s appointment (2 minutes)
  • Take a break (5 minutes)
  • Put on a condom (less than a minute)
  • Learn more 5-minute tips! (4 minutes)

Also, find out what things may take more than five minutes but are worth the time, such as getting physical activity, planting your own vegetables, and preparing healthy meals and snacks.

More Information

CDC works 24/7 saving lives and protecting people from health threats to have a more secure nation. A US federal agency, CDC helps make the healthy choice the easy choice by putting science and prevention into action. CDC works to help people live longer, healthier and more productive lives.

  • Page last reviewed: August 22, 2011
  • Page last updated: August 22, 2011
  • Content source:
    • Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Digital Media Branch, Division of Public Affairs
    • Page maintained by: Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Digital Media Branch, Division of Public Affairs
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