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Wellness & Self-Management





Wellness & Self-Management

What are the top five things you can do to stay healthy? Eat healthy , get active , get screened , quit smoking and watch your weight .


These health behaviors, like the ones you learned in your sixth grade health class, are the kinds of things that prevent a lot of chronic conditions from occurring. And when they do occur, it's these same health behaviors that can help minimize the level of severity and allow you to be as healthy as possible living with that chronic condition.


The good news is when it comes to wellness and prevention; we have a lot of control! The bad news is unhealthy behaviors become habits; and changing those habits can be hard.


For some people the concept of wellness is the total absence of disease and that you don't have to take medications. But one of the ways that one might think about wellness is that you are the healthiest that you can be given the health conditions that you're living with.

Often the words “health” and “medicine” are used interchangeably. But the distinction is important. “Health” is the state of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing while “medicine” is the process that can help take us from being sick to being well.


You have an important role to play when it comes to both health and medicine. Your daily choices and behaviors allow you to maintain your health. But when you do get sick, it's your partnership with your doctor and your healthcare team that helps ensure your medical care is successful.


Quality health care happens when people take an active role in their own care, becoming partners with their doctor to create a more effective, trusting relationship that helps them stay healthy or determine the right care when they need it.


Regardless of what type of relationship you have with your doctor, there is a lot you can do on your own to manage your health like watching what you eat, getting exercise and limiting stress.



Learn more in the Quick Guide to Healthy Living from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.


My Health Counts! Action Plan


My Health Counts! Daily Food Diary


My Health Counts! Exercise Log


Interactive Menu Planner

(from the US Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health)


BMI Calculator

for adults from the US Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health


Child & Teen BMI Calculator

(from the Centers or Disease control & Prevention)

Calculate Your Body Mass Index

(from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) Also available in Spanish

Build Your Question List

(from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

Calculate Your Body Mass Index

(from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) Also available in Spanish

Face the Fat--AHA Fat Calculator

This tool helps take the guesswork out of eating fat and encourages smarter fat choices. (from the American Heart Association's (AHA)

What Vaccines Do You Need?

from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Mental Health Screening Center

(from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance )

More on wellness and self-management on the web:


Wellness & Lifestyle

Health topics from Medline Plus.


Health Information

(From the National Institutes of Health)


Credible Health Information

(From the Centers for Disease and Prevention)


Watch & Listen

View and hear multimedia lessons on common health and wellness topics. (from healthfinder.gov)


Personal Health Tools

Free interactive tools to check your health, get personalized advice, and keep track of your progress. (from healthfinder.gov)



Healthfinder.gov en español le ofrece la información más actualizada para que usted y sus seres queridos se mantengan saludables.


What you can do to maintain your health , Preventive Services for Healthy Living and Healthy Living: How Common Behaviors Affect Your Health

(From familydoctor.org)


Develop a Physical Activity Plan for You

(From the American Heart Association)


Food and Nutrition Information Center

Interactive tools from the USDA. These Web sites help consumers and professionals with an array of interactive tools for dietary assessment and planning, checking personal health risks, testing knowledge, and evaluating needs.


Healthy Recipes

Links to healthy recipes with calorie counts and nutritional information. (from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


Healthy Weight, It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle!

(From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


Eat Smart. Play Hard.™ Healthy Lifestyle!

Designed for parents and caregivers to provide information to help you eat better, be more physically active and be a role model for your kids. (from The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service)


Smoking and Tobacco Use

(From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


You Can Quit Smoking

(From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

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