- Mental Health
- Physical Activity
- Weight Management
- Pre-Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes
- Blood Pressure
- Social Conditions
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Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. (5)
Access Stress and Coping Resources here.
The US Department of Agriculture has developed the My Plate program as a simple way to start making small, nutrition changes. The benefits of healthy eating add up over time, bite by bite. Small changes matter. (6) Start Simple with MyPlate.
An alternative nutrition plan is Healthy Plate created by Harvard physicians.
The current recommendation for adults is 150 minutes of moderate intensity (or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity) aerobic activity plus 2 days of strength training per week. (8)
Anyone can be active! #MoveYourWay has safe, fun Physical Activity suggestions for any age, health status, and activity level. Check out the full range of resources from @HealthGov
A third of US adults report that they usually get less than the recommended amount of sleep. Not getting enough sleep is linked with many chronic diseases and conditions—such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression—that threaten our nation’s health. Not getting enough sleep can lead to motor vehicle crashes and mistakes at work, which cause a lot of injury and disability each year. Getting enough sleep is something people need for good health. (9)
Check here to see if you are getting enough sleep and tips to improve your sleep habits.
Obesity is related to increased risk for many metabolic diseases and health conditions. (7)
Calculate your BMI (Body Mass Index) which is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women.
Waist circumference is another easy measurement to assess disease risk for type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. Use this chart to check your waist circumference.
As cholesterol (plaque) builds up in the arteries, the arteries begin to narrow, which lessens or blocks the flow of blood. (4) Knowing your cholesterol status can help you stay in control of your health but there are so many numbers when we talk about cholesterol. What does it all mean? Learn more about the types and optimal levels of cholesterol here.
Know your risks for high cholesterol here.
Pre-Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes
Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Approximately 96 million American adults—more than 1 in 3—have prediabetes. (3).
Could you have Prediabetes? Take this risk test.
Type 2 Diabetes is a disease in which the body’s blood glucose (blood sugar) level is too high. Diabetes can cause numerous health problems including heart disease, kidney failure, and blindness. Key risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes includes increasing age, obesity, and physical inactivity. Learn more about Type 2 Diabetes here.
It is important to get your blood pressure checked regularly because high blood pressure often has no warning signs or symptoms. High blood pressure increases your risk for heart disease and stroke. People of all ages can take steps to keep blood pressure levels normal. Early detection of high blood pressure can help prevent damage to your heart, arteries, and kidneys. Learn more about blood pressure here.
To reduce the risk of alcohol-related harms, the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that adults of legal drinking age can choose not to drink, or to drink in moderation by limiting intake to 2 drinks or less in a day for men or 1 drink or less in a day for women, on days when alcohol is consumed.
The Guidelines also do not recommend that individuals who do not drink alcohol start drinking for any reason and that if adults of legal drinking age choose to drink alcoholic beverages, drinking less is better for health than drinking more. (1)
Use this assessment to check your drinking.
Social determinants of health (SDOH) are the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. (2)
Read More information here
1 - Center for Disease Control, "Dietary Guidelines for Alcohol"
2 - Healthy People 2030, "Social Determinants of Health"
3 - Center for Disease Control and Prevention, " Prediabetes - Your Chance
to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes"
4 - Center for Disease Control and Prevention, "About Cholesterol"
5 - Center for Disease Control and Prevention, "About Mental Healt"
6 - USDA, "What Is MyPlate?"
7 - Center for Disease Control and Prevention, "About Adult "
8 - Health.gov, "Executive Summary: Physical Activity Guidelines for
Americans, 2nd Edition"
9 - Center for Disease Control and Prevention "Sleep and Sleep Disorders"
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