Tips for a Healthy Summer

Tips for a Healthy Summer

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

Tips for a Healthy Summer


Move More, Sit Less!

Get at least 150 minutes of aerobic physical activity every week.

Group of people jogging

Physical activity has
immediate benefits for your
health: better sleep and
reduced anxiety are two.

Use shade, wide-brimmed hats, clothing that covers, and broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 for sun protection.

Use insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to prevent mosquito bites and ticks.

man and woman wearing sunglasses, hat and long sleeves

Apply sunscreen before insect repellent. After you come indoors, check your clothing, body, and pets for ticks. Reapply sunscreen after 2 hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.


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.


Eat Healthy Food

Delicious fruits and veggies make
any summer meal healthier.

fruits and vegetables

Healthy eating supports muscles,
strengthens bones, and boosts immunity.


Choose Your Drinks Wisely

Drink water (fluoridated tap or unsweetened
bottled or sparkling) instead of sugary or alcoholic
drinks to reduce calories and stay safe.

Pitcher of water

Add slices of fruit to water for a
refreshing, low-calorie drink.


Don’t Use Tobacco

You can quit tobacco today! Find the free quitting support that’s right for you.

lady on cell phone

Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

hand holding mobile phone with apps

Download the
QuitSTART App.


Access smokefree
tools and tips.

For more about how to prevent chronic disease and maintain a healthy lifestyle,
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Page last reviewed: July 11, 2022