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Health Is Your Responsibility

Your lifestyle and habits determine to a large degree whether you will be healthy or will be at high risk for accidents and serious illness such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. Only you can decide if you will lead a healthy or destructive lifestyle.

Some important actions you can take include:

  • Don’t smoke.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all, and never drive when you have been drinking.
  • Be physically active.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Get to and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Be aware of stress and tension in your life and reduce nonessential stress.
  • See your doctor when recommended and get the recommended screening tests.
  • Men’s Health Checklist
  • Women’s Health Checklist
  • Take preventive medicines and supplements if you need them and take your prescription medications as prescribed.

If you are overweight, now is the best time to modify eating habits. Stop eating junk, eat more fruits, vegetables, and low-fat proteins such as skinless poultry, fish, and brown rice. Drink plenty of water and avoid sugary drinks.

Control your blood pressure. Quit smoking, limit sodium intake, caffeine and alcohol intake, reduce fat consumption, maintain a healthy weight, and be active.

Perform self-examinations. Check regularly for lumps, bumps, and changes in moles, especially in the mouth, neck, and groin area. Women should check breasts for lumps every month and men should check for lumps in the testicles. Report any lumps. bumps, and changes in moles to your physician. Women should also report any vaginal bleeding after menopause.

Eat healthier. Reduce sugars and fat in the diet. Shop the perimeter of the grocery thus avoiding the refined sugars found in prepackaged foods of the inner aisles.

Follow the recommended preventive care guidelines for your age and gender.