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Say "I Do" the Healthy Way

Bride and groomAdd health to your wedding checklist and commit to staying healthy and safe before, during, and after the wedding.

Before you say "I Do," make health a priority. Remember to put yourself on the wedding checklist, with good health and safety habits. While you're planning the parties, wedding, and honeymoon, stay committed to your total health—physical and mental.

Be Healthy

  • Being active has its benefits. Get at least 2½ hours of physical activity a week. The health benefits of physical activity include controlling your weight, reducing the risk for certain diseases and conditions, and improving your mental health and mood.
  • Prepare and eat healthy foods. Have a heart-healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables and foods low in sugar, salt, and saturated fat. Avoid crash diets. Include nutritious foods at the various celebrations.
  • Be tobacco free. If you smoke, quit now. It's a perfect gift to yourself and loved ones. Host events in smoke-free venues.
  • Sleep tight. Get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Insufficient sleep is responsible for motor vehicle and machinery-related crashes, causing substantial injury and disability each year. In short, drowsy driving can be as dangerous—and preventable—as driving while intoxicated.
  • Get your check-up. Don't put off exams and health screenings. Include them as part of your planning, just like everything else.

Photo: Groom and bride's hands

Be Safe

  • Know the rules of food safety. Protect yourself, family, and friends by learning about foodborne illness.
  • Lower risk for injury. Choose appropriate clothing, footwear, and decorations that do not increase the risk of injury.
  • Travel safely. Wear seat belts while riding in a motor vehicle.

Photo: Portrait of a bride

Be Prepared

  • If you're going abroad for your honeymoon, get travel health information for your location. Know what vaccinations you will need for the trip.
  • Whether you're going abroad or staying close to home, pack and use sunscreen, insect repellent, and prevent other common problems from happening during travel. Use appropriate safety gear (such as helmets, life jackets, and knee pads). These steps may lower your risk for illness and injury.
  • Stay healthy on a cruise. Cruise ship outbreaks of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, primarily caused by norovirus, have been reported. Prevent illness through frequent hand washing with soap and water.
  • Check the health scores for cruise ships. Vessel sanitation programs give information on everything from the cleanliness of cutting boards to food inspection reports.

Be True to Yourself

Ask yourself a few questions. Does your partner seem overbearing or controlling? Is there any abuse or violence in your relationship? Often, intimate partner violence starts with emotional abuse. This behavior can progress to physical or sexual assault.

  • Pay attention to anything interfering with your ability to be safe and healthy or increasing your risk for disease or injury.
  • Schedule an appointment to see your health provider, a counselor, or others for help if you are feeling depressed or anxious.

Learn more tips to have a safe and healthy wedding!

  • Page last reviewed: March 10, 2014
  • Page last updated: March 10, 2014
  • 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
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