A new year is upon us and Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) would like to see residents focus on living safer and healthier lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the following tips can help make safe and healthy living much easier.
- 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.
- 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 smoke free. 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) 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.
To learn more about Cobb & Douglas Public Health, call (770) 514-2300 (Cobb County) or 770-949-1970 (Douglas County) or visit: www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org. Additional information regarding health and safety tips can be found at www.cdc.gov.