An easy way to invest in your health is to simply know your numbers for common health measurements including blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and body mass index.
Being healthy and safe takes commitment, but it doesn’t have to be time-consuming, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most things are so simple and take so little time that you’ll wonder why you’ve been avoiding them. Take just a few of the 1,440 minutes in a day to have a safer and healthier life. Below are some steps you can take in five minutes or less to help protect your health and safety:
Know your numbers
Keep track of your numbers for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, body mass index (BMI) and others. These numbers can provide a glimpse of your health status and risk for certain diseases and conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity and more. Be sure to ask your health care provider what tests you need and how often. If your numbers are too high or too low, they can make recommendations to help you get them to a healthier range.
Body Mass Index
Cholesterol Fact Sheet
Diabetes and Me
Diabetes Publications (NIH)
High Blood Pressure
Take the extra time to make better food choices. Eat more fruits and vegetables as a meal, less saturated fat and healthy grab-and-go snacks. There are many quick and easy ways to add healthier choices to your day.
Get Smart with Fruits and Veggies
How to Avoid Portion Size Pitfalls to Help Manage Your Weight
Nutrition for Everyone
Americans Consume Too Much Sodium (Salt)
Take a Break
If you think you’re getting sick, feel yourself losing control or are dealing with stress, take a break. Just taking a few minutes can give you the opportunity to clear your head so you can make better decisions about you and your family’s health and safety.
Coping with Stress
Stress at Work
Listen to a Health Podcast
Podcasts on a variety of health and safety topics are available online. Most are only about one to five minutes long.
Podcasts at CDC.