Many factors affect your health. Some you cannot control, such as your genetic makeup or your age. But you can make changes to your lifestyle. By taking steps toward healthy living, you can help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and other serious diseases:
- Get the screening tests you need
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Eat a variety of healthy foods, and limit calories and saturated fat
- Be physically active
- Control your blood pressure and cholesterol
- Don't smoke
- Protect yourself from too much sun
- Drink alcohol in moderation, or don't drink at all
- Get enough sleep every day
- Work on improving your mental health, for example by practicing mediation, relaxation techniques, or gratitude
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
- Changing Your Habits: Steps to Better Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in Spanish
- Disability and Health: Healthy Living (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Also in Spanish
- Health Guides: Health Is a State of Mind and Body (American Academy of Family Physicians) Also in Spanish
- Mind/Body Connection: How Your Emotions Affect Your Health (American Academy of Family Physicians) Also in Spanish
- Nurturing Healthy Neighborhoods: Communities Affect Health (National Institutes of Health) Also in Spanish
- Plants: Partners in Health? Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, and You (National Institutes of Health) Also in Spanish
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Healthy lifestyle during pregnancy: Uncovering the role of online health information...
- Article: Healthy living behaviors in youth: a comparative study in Brazil, Colombia...
- Article: Healthy Lifestyles Associated With Socioeconomic Determinants in the Older Adult Population.
- Healthy Living -- see more articles
- Definitions of Health Terms: General Health (National Library of Medicine)