Tips for Staying Healthy

Quality health care is a partnership

You deserve to have health professionals who are skilled and knowledgeable. They should be respectful, communicate clearly, and involve you in decisions about your care. There is also a lot you can do to take good care of yourself, such as:

  • Stay up to date on your screening tests and other preventive care.
  • If you have a health condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or asthma, find out what you need to do to manage this condition.
  • Go in for health care as soon as you need it. Delays in getting care can make health problems more serious, more costly, and harder to treat.
  • If you get sick or injured, follow your treatment plan to help recover faster.
  • Do your best to eat healthy foods, stay active, and keep to a healthy weight.
  • Get the support you need. Support groups can be a great source of encouragement and practical advice.
  • Take medicines safely.

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These guidelines tell you what you can do to help stay healthy based on evidence from doing research on screening tests, preventive medicine, and healthy lifestyle behaviors.