The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Sunday Profile

January 26, 2014

Healthy Veterans, Healthy Communities


Be Involved in Your Health Care

Take an active role.

Work with your health care team to improve your health.

Be Tobacco Free

Quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do to improve your health and protect the health of your family members.

Don’t use tobacco in any form.

Eat Wisely

Eat a variety of foods including vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

Limit salt, fat, sugar and alcohol.

Be Physically Active

Every 10-minute session counts.

Aim for at least 2 1/2 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week.

Avoid inactivity.

Strive for a healthy weight

If you need to lose weight, losing even a little will help.

If you are of normal weight, maintain it.

Limit alcohol

If you choose to drink alcohol, drink in moderation (on average: women no more than one drink a day; men no more than two drinks a day).

Avoid “binge drinking.”

Get Recommended Screening Tests and Immunizations

Recommendations for preventive services depend on your age, gender, health status and family history.

Ask which screening tests and immunizations are recommended for you.

Manage Stress

Pay attention to stress.

Learn about ways to help you manage and reduce your stress.

Be Safe

Find out how to prevent sexually transmitted infections, falls and motor vehicle crashes.

Take action to protect yourself and those you love from harm.

For more information, visit

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