6 Tips for a Healthy Summer

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

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6 Tips for a Healthy Summer

Follow these 6 tips to help prevent chronic disease and have a #HealthySummer.

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Don’t Use Tobacco

You can quit today! Build a quit planexternal icon and get resources to help you quit.
Did you know? It’s never too late to quit using tobacco. Quitting now improves your health
and reduces your risk of  heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and other smoking-related illnesses.


Eat a Healthy Diet

Delicious fruits and veggies make
any summer meal healthier.
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Move More, Sit Less!

Get at least 150 minutes of aerobic
physical activity every week.
Tip: Try brisk walking 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.


Keep Cool in Extreme Heat

Extreme heat can be dangerous for everyone, but it may be especially dangerous for people with chronic medical conditions.
Stay cool.
bottle of water
Stay hydrated.
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Stay informed.


Wear Sunscreen
& Insect Repellent

For sun safety, wear
layered clothes and
apply broad spectrum
sunscreen with
at least SPF 15.
Use insect repellent
and wear long-sleeved
shirts and long pants
to prevent mosquito
bites and ticks.
Tip: If you use both sunscreen and insect repellent, apply sunscreen first. After you come indoors, check clothing, body, and pets for ticks.


your drink!

Substitute water
for sugary or
alcoholic drinks
to reduce calories
and stay safe.
water and other drinks
For more about how to prevent chronic disease and maintain a healthy lifestyle,
follow @CDCChronic on Twitter or visit www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease.
Page last reviewed: September 25, 2019