Developing a healthy lifestyle

Change your life for the better

Thanks to tests and visits to your doctor, you can find health problems early.

The first step is to see your doctor at least once a year.  Work with your doctor.  You both can decide which tests or shots are right for you.  See your doctor.  You can better protect yourself against disease.  If you need help picking a doctor, call customer service.  If you need help getting to the doctor, call customer service.  We want to help you take care of your health!

Eating healthy doesn't have to cost a lot. Learn how to eat better on a budget with Choose My Plate. These easy tips come free to everyone from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Heart Health is a great source of delicious, healthy recipes provided by the National Institutes of Health.

We know people like to get information in different ways. You can listen to free podcasts to learn more about staying healthy.

You can listen to podcasts on topics like weight loss, high blood pressure and heart disease. Find a subject of interest to you at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Healthy Weight – it’s not a diet, it’s a life style! Staying in control of your weight helps you stay healthy at any age.

  • Get regular physical activity
  • Limit high-calorie foods and drinks

Stay active

  • Take walks, garden, or do other activities you enjoy each day.
  • Run errands on foot or bike, whenever possible, instead of by car.
  • Join a walking or biking club.

Improve your diet

  • Eat fewer red meats and processed meats.
  • Eat at least 2.5 cups of fruits and vegetables daily, especially leafy greens.
  • Eat more whole grains instead of refined grain products.
  • Eat more vegetable protein, such as tofu.
  • Eat foods from the cabbage family, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.
  • Limit alcohol to two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women.

Quitting smoking is not easy, but you can do it. To have the best chance of quitting (for good), you need to know what you’re up against, what your options are and where to go for help. You’ll find lots of helpful information here:

Use this quit calculator tool to see just how much you’ll be saving once you’re tobacco-free.

Krames Online is an education resource. It has more than 4,000 health and medication topics. You can search for answers 24 hours a day. Krames Online lets you and your family find answers to most questions, both big and small.

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's website for patients and their families and friends. It’s produced by the National Library of Medicine. You’ll get the health information you need in language you can understand. This service is reliable, up-to-date — and free!

You can use MedlinePlus to find:

  • The latest treatments
  • Information on a drug or supplement
  • The meanings of terms you don’t understand
  • Helpful medical videos or illustrations
  • Links to the latest medical research on your topic
  • Information about clinical trials in your area on a certain disease or condition