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Healthy Lifestyles

Determine your health status by thinking about your health. Do you smoke? Do you involve yourself in risk-taking behaviors that can be hazardous to your health, like smoking, not wearing sunscreen and driving without a seat belt? If your health is not what you want it to be, consider these ways to improve it:

  • Preventive screenings: Schedule regular check-ups with your physician to discuss your health.
  • Risk factors: Know your family health history, including diseases like cancer and diabetes.
  • Exercise: Engage in some type of physical activity every day.
  • Nutrition: Plan your meals and make healthy decisions regarding the foods you eat.
  • Family and friends: Involve your spouse, family, co-workers and friends in your efforts to get healthy.
  • Habits: Avoid the use of all tobacco products.

Physical Activity

Do you know how much physical activity you should be getting each day?

  • 30 minutes of moderate activity (a brisk walk) at least five times a week.
  • 20 minutes of vigorous activity (cycling, jogging or running) three times a week.
  • Combine weight training, cardiovascular training and stretching.


Follow these guidelines to make sure your diet is up to par.

  • Eat five fruits and vegetables a day.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Balance calories consumed with calories burned through physical activity.
  • Make healthier food choices by following
  • Limit your salt, refined sugars, caffeine and alcohol consumption.


The benefits of incorporating good health habits into your life are
immense. In time you may:

  • Feel better
  • Reduce health care costs
  • Increase productivity
  • Decrease number of sick days
  • Increase overall quality of life

Smoking Cessation

Take advantage of Kentucky's Tobacco Quit Line, administered by the Department for Public Health. Learn more about the Quit Line online; or call the Quit Line at 1-800-Quit Now.