Live a Healthy Lifestyle On this page, you will find educational information, videos, and websites to help you proactively maintain a healthy lifestyle by making positive behavior changes through the support of personal health coaching programs and the importance of routine vision exams and dental visits, relating to overall health.
It's never too late to begin practicing healthy habits. Starting today is a smart idea no matter what your age. But it makes sense that the earlier we start, the better. So we need to help our children make healthy choices, too.
VISION – Because many eye and vision conditions have no obvious symptoms, you may be unaware of problems. Eye exams can detect symptoms of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, and rheumatoid arthritis.
The number of people losing their vision is growing, yet experts say much of this vision loss could be prevented. Good vision is easy to take for granted. That is, until things start to look a little fuzzy. Taking care of your eyes as part of your normal healthcare will help you see well for years to come. This means keeping up good health habits and getting regular eye exams to protect your vision.
DENTAL – Taking good care of your teeth is much more than making sure you have a bright smile. It’s key to your overall health and well-being. Because the health of your mouth can predict the health of your body, you need to take good care of your teeth. You also need to visit your dentist on a regular basis. More than 90% of diseases can show up in your mouth first. Your dentist is often the first medical person to find health problems or disease.
BEHAVIOR CHANGE – The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging says that the aging process depends on two things: our genes, or what we inherit from our families, and our environment. We can't do much about our genes. But we can make healthy choices when it comes to our lifestyle and the environment we make for ourselves. And those choices can make a big difference in how we age.
The results of a major study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, were reported in August 2011. They offer proof that healthy living really does translate into a longer life. As CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, summed up the findings, "If you want to lead a longer life and feel better, you should adopt healthy behaviors," he said. The healthy behaviors, or habits, covered in the test were:
- Not smoking
- Getting regular physical activity
- Eating healthy
- Avoiding too much alcohol