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8 Fall Steps for Healthy Living

Give your health a boost this fall with eight tips so simple you'll hardly know they're healthy.
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5. A Checkup: The Eyes Have It

If you do one thing to improve your vision, take a cue from kids, who often need back-to-school vision exams. Schedule a checkup with your eye doctor.

A comprehensive exam should include an evaluation of how clearly you see, how well your eyes work together, and an assessment of your overall eye health.

6. Heart Health: Know Your Numbers

Give your heart health a boost this fall, capitalize on the seasonal sense of renewal to focus on prevention.

That means scheduling an appointment with your doctor to get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked, and to see if your blood glucose levels are healthy. Knowing your numbers will help you figure out your personal risk for heart disease.

7. Warm Up With Wine

Diversify your alcohol choice with a room temperature glass of table wine. The warmer drink will take the chill off and the wine, especially red, has heart health benefits.

Remember a standard size glass of wine is just 4 ounces. Pregnant women and others with health reasons who should not to drink should abstain.

8. Synchronize Your Sleep

Manage the more demanding fall schedules by synchronizing your internal sleep-wake clock to the outside environment.

In the morning, get outside within 5 minutes of getting up and expose yourself to bright light for 30 minutes. At night, avoid bright light within two to three hours of bedtime because it might delay your sleep onset. This will keep you alert in the morning and make you sleepy at bedtime.

It's time to renew yourself! Try these eight easy health-boosting tips -- they're sure to give you a fresh start this fall.

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