Tips for Staying Healthy
1. Review the screening tests and immunizations in our Guidelines for Healthcare Maintenance that are the appropriate for you and make sure yours are up to date.
2. Complete an Advance Health Care Directive.
(Visit our Your Health Web site for the latest information on Advanced Directives.)
3. Exercise "aerobically," enough to raise your heart rate to about to 70% of your max (about 220 - your age). Your goal is to do this at least 30 minutes every day, but every bit helps.
4. Achieve and maintain a normal body weight.
5. Eat foods that are low in saturated fat and trans fatty acids and high in calcium and and fiber, with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Take a calcium supplement if necessary to insure adequate intake.
6. Practice safe sex, use condoms and a reliable method of contraception.
7. Do not smoke and avoid inhaling others' cigarette smoke. If you need help quitting, please ask your healthcare provider.
8. "Safety-proof" your home to prevent poisoning and accidental use of firearms. Check your smoke detectors regularly.
9. Don't drive or allow others to drive while under the influence of alcohol or other mind-altering substances.
10. Use sports helmets appropriately, regardless of your age.
11. Children under 12 and adults shorter than 4'9" should not sit in automobile seats with airbags in front of them.
12. Seek help early for depression, mood changes, alcohol or drug abuse.
13. Perform regular self-examinations. Protect your skin from sun damage with sunblock and clothing.
14. Find balance in your life between work, home and play time. Include stress reduction activities (fun!) into every day.