Tips for Living A Healthier Life

Tips for Living A Healthier Life

Injury Prevention:

  • Don’t text and drive.
  • Wear your seat belt at all times - even on very short trips.
  • Have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
  • Remove throw rugs, pet toys, clutter, etc. to prevent falls.
  • Consider CPR training. New parents should learn infant CPR.
  • Wear a helmet when using roller blades, ATV’s, motorcycles, and when skiing.
  • Store guns unloaded and in a locked area. Trigger locks should also be used.

Diet and Exercise:

  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Limit fat, cholesterol, and sugar.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • 30 grams of daily fiber improves weight management, reduces constipation, and may decrease the risk of colon cancer.
  • Indulged in at least 8 glasses of water per day.
  • Shoot for at least 30 minutes of exercise five times a week. Try to include aerobic as well as weight training.

Substance Abuse:

  • If you smoke - stop. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. Help is available for those who want to quit.
  • Do not drink and drive. Also, avoid alcohol when boating, swimming, or operating machinery.
  • Recreational drug use is dangerous and can be habit-forming.

Dental Health:

  • Brush and floss at least twice a day. Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • Visit your dentist twice a year, or as needed.

Osteoporosis Prevention:

  • Consume 3-4 servings of calcium-rich foods daily (milk, yogurt, cheese, green leafy vegetables) or use a calcium supplement for adequate calcium intake. Vitamin D intake may also be necessary for calcium absorption.
  • Engage in regular weight-bearing or resistance exercise.
  • A bone density screening (DXA) might be is recommended for women over 65 and others with risk factors.

Breast Health:

  • A mammogram should be done every year beginning at the age of 40, or earlier for those with a strong family history of premenopausal breast cancer.

Colon Cancer Surveillance:

  • Screening is recommended at age 50 with a colonoscopy every 10 years thereafter. Earlier of more frequent testing may be advised based on family history and other risks.

Other Screenings and Immunizations:

  • Hepatitis
  • Yearly influenza
  • Pertussis is recommended once as an adult as well as during every pregnancy. It is given in combination with tetanus/diphtheria.
  • HPV vaccine series is recommended for ages 9-26
  • Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) is indicated for non-pregnant women born after 1956 unless there is documentation of previous immunization or proof of immunity.
  • Shingles vaccination is recommended once after the age of 60.
  • Pneumococcal pneumonia
  • Hepatitis A and/or B vaccines are recommended for high-risk individuals.

Health Care Proxy:

  • All adults should have a health care proxy (a legal document that designates another person to make health care decisions for you in case you are unable) and also consider a living will.

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