7 Ways to Stay Healthy

A healthy community starts with you!

Preventing serious health issues comes down to the individual choices you make on a daily basis. Incorporate these seven behaviors into your life to become the healthiest version of you!

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Increase Physical Activity

Did you know that aerobic activity should make up most of your child's 60 or more minutes of physical activity each day? Find out how much physical activity all ages groups need each week.

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Eat Healthy

More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese. Staying in control of your weight contributes to good health now and as you age. Learn how to develop a healthy eating plan.

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Stay Tobacco-Free

Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Enroll in the Quit Now Virginia program or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW / 1-800-784-8669.

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Wash Hands Frequently

Washing hands frequently protects against many common illnesses, such as the flu, pink eye and even the common cold. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.

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Cover Coughs and Sneezes

The best way to cover coughs and sneezes is to use a tissue or your sleeve. Be sure to throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

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Get Vaccinated

The diseases that vaccines prevent can be dangerous, or even deadly. Vaccines reduce the risk of infection by working with the body's natural defenses to help it safely develop immunity to disease and are proven to be safe and effective. Learn more about immunizations and the immunization services the Health Department provides.

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Stay Home When Sick

CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)

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