DOH-Hernando: decide to be healthier in 2022

With 2022 just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about New Years Resolutions. That’s why your West Central Florida County Health Departments serving Citrus, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco counties , Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota want you to take a look at some ideas for improving your health as January 1 approaches.

Here is a list of some healthy resolutions you might want to consider:

  • Quitting smoking: Quitting smoking can do important things for your health, including lowering your risk of cancer and heart disease. It’s not the easiest thing to do, but free help is available. Visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com for tips, support and supplies that can help you quit smoking for good.
  • Get more activity: You can join a gym if you want, but even doing simple exercises in your day like walking, playing with your kids, or riding a bike can do wonders for your health. The CDC recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of exercise per week, which could be broken down into five 30-minute brisk walks each week. Start easy and work your way up to more intense exercise. Visit www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/adults for more advice.
  • Eat Healthier: Adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet not only helps your overall health, but exposes you to delicious treats you never knew existed! Florida is famous for its fresh produce, and trying new foods can help you experience a new taste you’ll love. There’s no need to give up on candies and treats, just save them for special occasions. Learn how to make your plate healthier, visit www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/losing_weight/eating_habits.html.
  • See your doctor: Life is busy and we often put our well-being at the bottom of the priority list. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen your doctor for a regular check-up, use the New Year as a time to reconnect. Remember, preventative maintenance costs a lot less than a trip to the hospital to treat an emergency. Call your local health department to see what resources may be available if you are uninsured or underinsured.
  • Get vaccinated: Vaccines are one of the greatest medical advances in history, preventing diseases such as tetanus, measles, polio, mumps and pertussis – in addition to COVID-19 and flu. Make sure your vaccines are up to date and that you are protected against these preventable diseases.

Remember that there will be times when it will be difficult to keep your resolutions. This is perfectly normal. Mark your calendar for the start of each month in 2022 and remember to check the progress of your resolutions and give yourself a pat on the back for all the progress you have made.

If you have questions about programs that can help you achieve your New Year’s Resolutions, call your local health department office at:

  • DOH Citrus – (352) 527-0068
  • DOH Hernando – (352) 540-6800
  • DOH Highlands – (863) 386-6040
  • DOH Hillsborough – (813) 307-8000
  • DOH Manatee – (941) 748-0747
  • DOH Pasco – (727) 619-0300
  • DOH Pinellas – (727) 824-6900
  • DOH Polk – (863) 519-7900
  • Sarasota Department of Health – (941) 861-2900

Best wishes for a safe, happy and healthy New Year from your West Central Florida Department of Health offices.

About the Florida Department of Health

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