Strategies for a Healthy Fall

CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

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Strategies for a Healthy Fall

As the days get shorter and cooler and the seasons change, use these
strategies to help prevent chronic diseases and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Get Your COVID-19 and Flu Shots

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine and recommended boosters offers the best protection against serious illness and hospitalization.

CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.


Track COVID-19 Levels in Your Community

Check your COVID community levels and wear a mask indoors with substantial or high COVID-19 transmission.
COVID-19 transmission.

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Brush Your Teeth

Brush twice a day with
fluoride toothpaste.

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Be Sun Safe

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

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Wash Your Hands

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


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.

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Make Time to Unwind
and Connect With Others

For stress relief, take deep
breaths, stretch, meditate, or do
an activity you enjoy. Talk with
people you trust about how you’re
feeling and express gratitude.

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Get Your Screenings

Visit your doctor and dentist
for preventive services and
regular checkups.

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Aim to get at least 7 hours
of sleep per night.

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Drink Wisely

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

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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.

Fruits and vegetables

Eat Healthy

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

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Don’t Use Tobacco

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

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Page last reviewed: September 15, 2022