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).