11 Tips for a Healthy Fall

11 Tips for a Healthy Fall
11 Tips for a Healthy Fall
As the days get shorter and cooler and the leaves change color, “fall” into these 11 healthy habits that help prevent chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
cigarettes and cigars going into trash can

Quit Smoking

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

vegetables and fruits

Eat Healthy

Delicious fruits and veggies
make meals healthier.

running shoes, weights, jump rope, clock

Get Active

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

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

Be Sun Safe

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

Tip: Even if the weather is cooler, the sun can still damage your skin. UV rays, not the temperature, do the damage.
TIP | Even if the weather is cooler, the sun can still damage your skin. UV rays, not the temperature, do the damage.
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.

2x daily toothbrush and toothpaste

Brush Your Teeth

Brush twice a day with
fluoride toothpaste.

pillow and clock at 10 o'clock

Sleep

Get at least 7 hours of
sleep every night.

family tree icons

Learn Your Family
Health History

Talk to your family and
your doctor about your
family health history.

medical chart, stethoscope, magnifying glass

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.

Did you know? Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
DID YOU KNOW? Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
medicine and needle

Get Your Flu Shot

An annual flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu.

autumn leaves

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 3, 2018