• Heart Health: Conversation starters

    Heart Health: Conversation starters

    It can be hard to talk to a family member or friend about making healthy lifestyle changes. Use these tips to start a conversation about heart-healthy changes like quitting smoking or getting more physical activity. Begin by saying that you care. You can say: “I want you to live a long and healthy life.” “I

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  • Stay Active As You Get Older

    Stay Active As You Get Older

    Physical activity is good for people of all ages. Staying active can help: Lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer Improve your strength and balance so you can prevent injuries and stay independent Reduce symptoms of depression Improve your ability to think, learn, and make decisions Before

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  • Reduce Your Risk of Stroke

    Reduce Your Risk of Stroke

    You can help reduce your risk of stroke by making healthy lifestyle changes. These are the most important steps you can take to lower your risk of stroke: Keep your blood pressure in the normal range. If you smoke, quit. Keep your blood sugar (glucose) in the normal range. If you have heart disease, treat

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  • Take Steps to Prevent Skin Cancer

    Take Steps to Prevent Skin Cancer

    The best way to prevent skin cancer is to protect your skin from the sun and other sources of ultraviolet (UV) rays. To protect your skin: Stay in the shade as much as possible between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. Cover up with long sleeves, long pants or

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  • Low Sodium Foods

    Low Sodium Foods

    Most people eat much more sodium (salt) than they need. This can lead to health problems like high blood pressure. To lower the amount of sodium in your diet, follow these tips when you go food shopping: Choose fresh instead of processed foods when you can. Use the Nutrition Facts label to check the amount

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  • Manage Stress

    Not all stress is bad. But chronic (ongoing) stress can lead to health problems. Preventing and managing chronic stress can help lower your risk for serious conditions like heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and depression. You can prevent or reduce stress by: Planning ahead Deciding which tasks need to be done first Preparing for stressful

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  • Help Your Child Stay at a Healthy Weight

    Help Your Child Stay at a Healthy Weight

    Help your child – and your whole family – eat healthy and stay physically active. The healthy habits your child learns now can last a lifetime. What can I do to help my child stay at a healthy weight? Help your child stay at a healthy weight by balancing what your child eats with physical

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  • Prevent Back Pain

    Prevent Back Pain

    One of the best ways to prevent back pain is to keep your back muscles strong. Follow these steps to help protect your back and prevent back pain: Do back-strengthening and stretching exercises at least 2 or 3 times a week. Stand straight and sit up straight. Avoid heavy lifting. If you do lift something

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  • Get Your Cholesterol Checked

    Get Your Cholesterol Checked

    If you are age 40 to 75, get your cholesterol checked regularly. Too much cholesterol in your blood can cause a heart attack or a stroke. The good news is that it’s easy to get your cholesterol checked. If your cholesterol is high, you can take steps to lower it – like eating healthy, getting

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  • Prevent Allergies and Asthma Attacks at Home

    Prevent Allergies and Asthma Attacks at Home

    If someone in your family has allergies or asthma, make your home a healthier place by getting rid of the things that can cause allergy symptoms or an asthma attack. What can cause allergy symptoms or an asthma attack? Things that can cause allergy symptoms are called allergens. Asthma attacks can be caused by irritants (things

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  • Are you getting enough calcium?

    Are you getting enough calcium?

    The Basics: Overview Your body needs calcium to build strong bones when you are young and to keep bones strong as you get older. Everyone needs calcium, but it’s especially important for women and girls. Many people, including most women, don’t get enough calcium. How much calcium do I need every day? Women: If you

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  • Drink Alcohol Only in Moderation

    Drink Alcohol Only in Moderation

    If you choose to drink, have only a moderate (limited) amount. This means: No more than 1 drink a day for women No more than 2 drinks a day for men Different types of beer, wine, and liquor have different amounts of alcohol. In general, 1 drink is equal to a: Bottle of beer (12 ounces)

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