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New Year, New YOU
CDC's Tips for a Healthy and Safe New Year
Six Tips for 2022
Make an appointment for a check-up, vaccination, or screening. Regular oral and medical exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better.
Wash your hands often with soap and water to prevent the spread of infection and illness. Handwashing involves five simple and effective steps – wet, lather, scrub, rinse, and dry. Learn more about when and how to wash your hands.
- Make healthy food choices. A healthy eating plan emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products. It also includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts, and is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.
- Get active! Start small – try taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking further from your destination. Consider mall walking if the weather is cold or icy. Adults should get at least 2½ hours a week of moderate-intensity physical activity.
- Be smokefree. If you are ready to quit, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569 for Spanish speakers) for free resources, including free quit coaching, a free quit plan, free educational materials, and referrals to other resources where you live.
- Get enough sleep. Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions—such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. Adults need seven or more hours per night.
Reduce the spread of COVID-19 this New Year!
- Practice social distancing. Stay at least 6 feet from other people, not from your household in indoor and outdoor spaces. Avoid crowds.
- Wear a mask. Wear masks in public settings, like on public and mass transportation, at events and gatherings, and anywhere you will be around other people.
- Wash your hands. Use soap and clean running water for 20 seconds at critical times, such as using the bathroom or before eating. DID YOU KNOW? The five handwashing steps are wet, lather, scrub, rinse, and dry.
- Consider your gatherings. Take steps to protect yourself by wearing a mask, stay 6 feet apart, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often, even during small gatherings.
During the New Year, consider these strategies to help prevent chronic disease.
- Sleep: Adults need at least 7 hours of sleep per night. DID YOU KNOW? For a healthier rest, be consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends.
- Get Your Flu Shot: There's still time to get your annual flu vaccine, the best way to help protect against flu.
- Eat Healthily: Reach for healthy options like fruits and vegetables instead of salty or sugary treats.
- Move More, Sit Less: Adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week, plus muscle-strengthening activities at least two days a week.
- Rethink Your Drink: Substitute water for sugary or alcoholic drinks to reduce calories and stay safe.
- Don't Use Tobacco: You can quit today! Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free support.
- Be Sun Safe: Wear layered clothes and apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15. DID YOU KNOW? Even in cold weather, the sun can damage your skin. UV rays, not the temperature, do the damage.
- Brush Your Teeth: Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
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