12 Tips for a Healthy Fall

fall leaves

12 Tips for a Healthy Fall

As the days get shorter and cooler and the leaves change color, use these 12 healthy strategies to help prevent chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
patient and doctor

Get Your Screenings

Visit your doctor regularly
for preventive services
like cancer and
diabetes screenings.

washing hands

Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands with soap
and clean running water for 20 seconds.

people wearing facial coverings

Wear A Cloth
Face Covering

Use masks to help slow
the spread of COVID-19.

medicine and needle

Get Your Flu Shot

An annual flu vaccine is the
best way to protect
against flu, especially
for cancer survivors.


Prevent the spread of germs.
Teach your kids the five handwashing steps—wet, lather, scrub, rinse, and dry—and the key times to wash hands, such as after using the bathroom
or before eating.


people 6 feet apart

Practice Social

Stay at least 6 feet from
other people who are not
from your household in
both indoor and outdoor spaces.

man brushing teeth

Brush Your Teeth

Brush twice a day with
fluoride toothpaste.

woman sleeping


Get at least 7 hours of
sleep every night.

pitcher and glass of water in front of sodas and liquor

Rethink Your Drink

Substitute water for
sugary or alcoholic
drinks to reduce
calories and stay safe.

hat, sun glasses, pants, long-sleeve shirt, bug spray and sunscreen

Be Sun Safe

Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants,
a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses
and use broad spectrum sunscreen
with at least SPF 15.

running shoes, weights, jump rope, clock

Move More, Sit Less

Adults need at least 150
minutes of moderate-
intensity aerobic activity
every week, plus muscle-
strengthening activities
at least 2 days a week.

vegetables and fruits

Eat Healthy

Delicious fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products make health meals.

phone with 1-800-QUIT-NOW

Don’t Use Tobacco

You can quit today!
Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW
for free support.

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For more about how to prevent chronic disease and maintain a healthy lifestyle, follow @CDCChronic on Twitter or visit cdc.gov/chronicdisease.
Page last reviewed: October 8, 2020