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A New Year of Healthy Possibilities!

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Make being healthy your resolution. Find ways to get and stay healthy this year. Tips focus on a healthy you, family, and home.
The New Year has long been a time for reflection on the personal changes we want to make as we look forward to a year of healthy possibilities. Health-related goals are popular New Year's resolutions, but sometimes we may not know where to begin. Below, you'll find ways to get and keep a Healthy You, Healthy Family and Healthy Home. Take time to make a healthy lifestyle your resolution.

Healthy You

  • Make healthy food choices. Grab a healthy snack such as fruit, nuts, or low-fat cheese.
  • Be active. Try simple things such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Be active for at least 2 ½ hours a week.
  • Protect yourself from injury or disease by wearing a helmet, sunscreen, or insect repellent when necessary.
  • Make an appointment for a check-up, vaccination, or screening.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Be smoke-free. If you think you're ready to quit, call PTHA at 593-0232, ext. 215 for free counseling.
  • Get enough sleep. Remember that sleep is a necessity, not a luxury.

Healthy Family

  • Learn how to be healthy before, during, and after pregnancy. PTHA offers Prenatal Health classes the first Friday of each month.
  • Reduce auto-related injuries by using seat belts, child safety seats, and booster seats that are appropriate for your child's age and weight.
  • Learn positive parenting tips to keep teens healthy and drug-free.
  • Develop and enforce rules about acceptable and safe behaviors for all electronic media.
  • Lower the risk of food borne illness as you prepare meals for your family.
  • Serve healthy meals and snacks.
  • Encourage and support physical activity.
  • Gather and share family health history.
  • Encourage family members to get check-ups and screenings.

Healthy Home

  • Store meds safely, put every medicine, including vitamins, up and away when you use it. PTHA offers free locking medicine cabinets. For more information call 593-0232, ext. 215.
  • Install smoke alarms on every floor, including the basement, and particularly near rooms in which people sleep.
  • Make your home safer to prevent falls among children and seniors.
  • Keep cleaning products and medications out of the reach of children.
  • Have an emergency plan and practice it often.

Adapted from the CDC

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