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A Checklist for Staying Healthy

Trying to pump up your healthy habits? Try these steps to start -- or keep -- living a healthy life!

  • Eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains every day.
  • Eat in moderation.
  • If you need to lose weight, track what you eat with a food diary.
  • Take a multivitamin each day.
  • Wash your hands a lot. Sing "Happy Birthday" twice and you'll have scrubbed long enough.
  • Get a flu shot every year.
  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco. Need a boost in quitting? Ask your doctor about products or programs that can help.
  • Drink alcohol only in moderation. That's no more than one drink a day for women, two for men.
  • Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Take a brisk 10-minute walk (or do another exercise that increases your heart rate) three times a day. Aim to exercise this way at least five days a week.
  • Drink plenty of water. What's enough? Your pee should be clear or slightly yellow.
  • Take a break and de-stress. Take deep breaths or meditate.
  • Do something with friends or family. Meet for coffee, make a date with your partner, go to the park together.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Lisa B. Bernstein, MD on May 22, 2015

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