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Tips for a Safe and Healthy Life

Take steps every day to live a safe and healthy life.

Eat healthy.

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  • Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains every day.
  • Limit foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol.
  • Eat a balanced diet to help keep a healthy weight.

Fruits and Veggies

Healthy Weight

Nutrition for Everyone

Choose my Plate (USDA)

Be active.

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  • Be active for at least 2½ hours a week. Include activities that raise your breathing and heart rates and that strengthen your muscles.
  • Help kids and teens be active for at least 1 hour a day. Include activities that raise their breathing and heart rates and that strengthen their muscles and bones.
  • Physical activity helps to:
    • Maintain weight
    • Reduce high blood pressure
    • Reduce risk for type 2 diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and several forms of cancer
    • Reduce arthritis pain and associated disability
    • Reduce risk for osteoporosis and falls
    • Reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety

Physical Activity for Everyone

Protect yourself and your family.

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  • Wear helmets, seat belts, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
  • Wash hands to stop the spread of germs.
  • Avoid smoking and breathing other people’s, or (second hand), smoke.
  • Build safe and healthy relationships with family and friends.
  • Be ready for emergencies. Gather emergency supplies. Make a plan. Be informed.

Wash Your Hands

Emergency Preparedness and You

Injury and Violence Prevention and Control

Protect Yourself from the Sun

Quit Smoking

Manage stress.

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  • Balance work, home, and play.
  • Get support from family and friends.
  • Stay positive.
  • Take time to relax.
  • Get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Make sure kids get more, based on their age.
  • Get help or counseling if needed.

Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event

Mental Health

Sleep and Sleep Disorders

Stress at Work

Tips for Coping with Stress

Get check-ups.

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  • Ask your doctor or nurse how you can lower your risk for health problems.
  • Find out what exams, tests, and shots you need and when to get them.
  • See your doctor or nurse for regular check-ups and as often as directed. Get seen if you feel sick, have pain, notice changes, or have problems with medicine.

Check-Up Checklist: Things to Do Before Your Next Check-Up

Regular Check-Ups are Important

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