Suggestions for Keeping You and Your Family Healthy
Keep Preventive Care Up to DateWork with your doctor to learn what screening tests and immunizations are right for you and when they are due. Then, complete them on schedule. Review your schedule by following the age appropriate link on the left.
Know Your BodyStay in tune with your body. Be aware of changes in your body. If you notice a change that is persistent or of concern, please contact your physician or care provider. Don't have a primary care doctor -- search for a PAMF doctor one now.
Eat A Healthy DietLearn your Body Mass Index (BMI) to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Strive to eat more foods that are high in calcium and fiber and low in saturated fat and trans fatty acids. That means plenty of fruits and vegetables! Talk to your doctor before taking calcium and other supplements.
Don’t Get CaughtIn The Haze Avoid smoking and inhaling other’s tobacco smoke. If you need support quitting, just ask your doctor!
Get Up And MoveWhether it takes household chores like vacuuming or a regular run, get your heart rate up to aerobic levels (220-your age) x 70%. Make it a goal to enjoy 30 minutes of exercise each day.
Play It SafePractice safe sunning, safe biking, safe driving and safe sex. Wear sunblock to protect your skin from harmful rays. Use a bike helmet (regardless of your age). Fasten your seatbelt and use the right-sized car seats for kids. Avoid driving, or driving with others, while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Practice safer sex using condoms and a reliable contraception method. There are so many ways to help yourself and others stay healthy—you can even “safety proof” your home to help prevent falls, poisoning and accidents involving firearms and fire. Don’t stay in abusive relationships. No one deserves to be abused, physically or emotionally.
Make Your Wishes KnownComplete an Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD) (link on the left), used to share your medical wishes with your family and caregivers in case a serious medical condition makes it impossible for you to do so. Talk to your doctor about how to record your personal choices using a Advance Directive.
Need help completing an AHCD? Stop by one of our Community Health Resource Centers where our trained staff and volunteers can print out an AHCD form and help answer any questions you might have.
Create BalanceReduce stress and make the most of each day! Find your balance in life between time competing priorities like work, home and fun. If you need help managing depression or mood changes or if you are abusing alcohol or drugs, seek your doctor’s help. PAMF Mindfulness Classes - to reduce stress.
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