2017: Tips For a Healthy Year

Want to make this year your healthiest year yet?
Check out these 5 great tips!


1.) Annual Check-Ups

Make an appointment for a check-up, vaccination, or screening. Regular health 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.

  • Women's Wellness on WGMB FOX44: Importance of an Annual Exam- Rebecca S. Treuil, MD
  • Health Tip Video: Hypertension - Casey B. Carlisle, MD
  • Health Library: Blood Pressure & Hypertension - Christina U. Austin, MD
  • Health Tip Video: Skin Cancer - Stephanie R. Frederic, MD, FAAD
  • Women's Wellness on WGMB FOX44: Skin Cancer & Melanoma- Stephanie R. Frederic, MD, FAAD
  • Health Library: Breast Cancer Risk Evaluation & Screening - Everett J. Bonner, Jr. MD, FACS
  • Women's Wellness on WGMB FOX44: Breast Cancer Screening- Everett J. Bonner, MD, FACS
  • Health Tip Video: Colonoscopy - J. Carter Balart, MD
  • Health Library: Can Colon Cancer Be Prevented? - Stephanie M. Cauble, MD
  • Health Tip Video: The Diabetes 7 - Jennifer C. Greeson, MD

  • For Parents

  • Health Tip Video: Well-Child Visits - Mindy L. Calandro, MD, FAAP
  • Health Tip Video: Vaccines - Susan M. Bankston, MD, FAAP

  • 2.) Make Better Food Choices

    A healthy eating plan emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts and is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.


  • Health Tip Video: DASH Diet - Certified Dietitians
  • Health Library: Enjoy The Taste of Eating Right
  • Health Library: Don't Settle "For A One-Size-Fits-All" Fad Diet
  • Health Library: Healthy Nutrition for a Healthier Future Generation
  • Health Library: Realistic Goals Must Be Set to Lose Weight - Theresa R. Prendergast, LDN, RD, CDE
  • Health Library: Are Fad Diets Healthy? - Theresa R. Prendergast, LDN, RD, CDE
  • Women's Wellness on WGMB FOX44: Obesity - Lara M. Falcon, MD
  • Women's Wellness on WGMB FOX44: Weight Loss Surgery - Thomas W. Cook, MD

  • 3.) 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 speakers) for free resources, including free quit coaching, a free quit plan, free educational materials, and referrals to other resources where you live.

  • Health Library: February Is American Heart Month - Rebecca S. Treuil, MD
  • Health Library: Do You Smoke? - Mark K. Hodges, MD, FCCP
  • Women's Wellness on WGMB FOX44: Smoking Cessation - Wesley J. Penn, MD

  • 4.) Sleep Better

    Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions—such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression.

  • Health Tip Video: Sleep Hygiene - Robert C. Hinkle, MD, FCCP, FAASM
  • Health Library: Getting A Better Night's Sleep - Robert C. Hinkle, MD, FCCP, FAASM
  • Women's Wellness on WGMB FOX44: Sleep Apnea - Robert C. Hinkle, MD, FCCP, FAASM

  • 5.) Be Active

    Try simple things such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Consider mall walking if the weather is cold or icy. Be active for at least 2½ hours a week.

  • Health Library: The Epidemic of Obesity - Lara M. Falcon, MD
  • Health Library: Tips For Regular Exercise
  • Health Library: TV Turn-Off Week - Mark J. Waggenspack, MD, FAAP
  • Women's Wellness on WGMB FOX44: Fitness - Zackary P. Bruce, MD
  • Health Library: Exercise Can Help Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease


  • Tips For Living Well from the CDC