Be Aware of Changes in Your Health
Do You Want to Remain Active and Independent
as Long as Possible?
1. Make healthy choices— Eat and Drink Healthy: like fruits, vegetables, whole rains, lean meats, low-fat dairy products, and water.
2. Move More, Sit Less Throughout the Day – Being active can help you prevent, delay, and manage chronic diseases; improve balance and stamina; reduce risk of falls; and improve brain health.
TIP | Aim for moderate physical activity, like walking, at least 150 minutes a week (22-30 minutes a day) and muscle strengthening activity, like carrying groceries, at least 2 days a week.
3. Don’t Use Tobacco – If you use tobacco, take the first step towards quitting by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW for FREE help.
4. Get Regular Checkups – Visit your doctor for preventive services, not just when you’re sick. This can prevent disease or find it early, when treatment is more effective.
5. Know Your Family History – Share your family health history with your doctor, who can help you take steps to prevent chronic diseases or catch them early.
6. Be Aware of Changes in Brain Health – Everyone’s brain changes as they age, but dementia is not a normal part of aging. See your doctor if you have questions about memory or brain health.
For more about how to prevent chronic disease and maintain a healthy lifestyle follow @CDCChronic on Twitter or visit www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease.