Strategies for a Healthy Fall

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Strategies for a Healthy Fall

As the days get shorter and cooler and the leaves change color, use these strategies to help prevent chronic diseases and promote health.
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Get Your COVID-19 and Flu Shots

COVID-19 vaccines can help protect you from COVID-19.
You should become fully vaccinated as soon as you can.

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

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Wear A Mask

If you are not fully vaccinated or if you have a weakened immune system, wear a mask indoors. If you are fully vaccinated, wear a mask indoors in areas with substantial or high
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
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
are feeling and express gratitude.

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Get Your Screenings

Visit your doctor for
preventive services
and regular checkups.

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Get at least 7 hours of
sleep every night.

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Rethink Your Drink

Substitute water for
sugary or alcoholic drinks
to reduce calories.

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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.

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Eat Healthy

Delicious fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products make healthy 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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Page last reviewed: October 19, 2021