Prevention: A Blueprint for Action. Action Steps for Individuals and Families


Individuals and families are the heart of healthy communities and provide the foundation for a strong and vibrant America.  Individuals and families must adopt healthy habits and assume responsibility for living a healthy lifestyle.

  • Be physically active.  Strive for at least 30 minutes of physical activity for adults and 60 minutes for children each day.  Play and be active as a family.  Decrease time spent in sedentary activities such as watching television.
  • Eat a healthy diet.  Consume 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.  Consume fat and sugar in moderation. 
  • Educate yourself about health and risk factors for disease and chronic conditions such as obesity.  Become a student of healthy habits.  Learn what constitutes a healthy diet and how to read and use food labels. 
  • Set an example for your children by being physically active and eating a healthy diet.  Instill healthy habits in children  (e.g., play actively and eat healthy foods).  Teach your children about the importance of exercise and a healthy diet.
  • Avoid risky behaviors.  Limit alcohol intake.  If you smoke, quit; if you do not smoke, don’t start.
  • Get recommended screenings (such as pap smears and mammograms) and immunizations (such as influenza vaccinations).

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