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New Year, Healthy You!

New Year, Healthy You!

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Make 2018 a year to improve your health. Eat better, exercise more, maintain a healthy weight, reduce stress, quit smoking, and drink alcohol in moderation. Bookmark this page to help start your journey the right way.

Start a journey to a healthier you!

Start a journey to a healthier you with the help of your doctor or health care professional.

A simple checkup can help you determine your risk for all sorts of risk factors and diseases, including tobacco use, cancer, heart disease, kidney disease and more. Visit the following Texas DSHS pages to learn more about chronic disease in Texas: 


Knowledge is power, especially when you’re talking about your health.

Talk to your doctor about your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers. You can find resources about blood pressure and cholesterol at the links below: 

Do you know your blood pressure numbers?
Be healthy where you work, live, and play.

Make your worksite a healthy place for you and your colleagues – we can help! 

Find resources, including a detailed guide to healthier workplaces, at  Work Well Texas to create a healthier place to work in for you and your coworkers. 

For other helpful tips, check out the following links:

About 1 in 12 Texans have prediabetes and 1 in 9 have diabetes.

This New Year, help yourself to better health. Learn better ways to care for yourself:

1 in 9 Texans have Diabetes.

Set a date. Quit today.

Make 2018 the year you finally quit smoking.

Tried before unsuccessfully? Don't be discouraged! It can take 8-10 tries. Regardless of where you are are in your journey to quit,  www.yesquit.org can help you quit successfully.

For other helpful resources, click on the following links:

Grab a coat, a hat and a loved one and head outside for some free fitness!

Walking is one of the easiest ways to get exercise, and can put you on the path to lower blood pressure, weight loss and more stamina. Click on the following links to get started:

Texas has plenty of space. Go for a walk today.
Texas is building healthy communities.

The Texas Healthy Communities Program works with cities and counties across Texas to create healthy places to live, learn, work and play.

Learn more about the program below: 

A healthier you in the New Year starts with a plan; Skip the fads and fasting, and start your new diet right.

Check out the following links to find tips, tricks and recipes that are delicious and nutritious:

Eat healthy and feel better in the new year.
Healthy little Texans become healthy big Texans.

This year, make a commitment to taking your kids outside to play!

Physical activity helps students prevent and reduce obesity and can help them stay focused in school. See below for resources about child health and safety:

It's important to drop bad habits, but it's equally important to not develop new ones.

Resolve to stay tobacco-free in 2018 and encourage others to do the same. Check out the resources below for more information on harmful effects of tobacco and why it’s it’s best to never start using:

Be smart. Don't start.
Last updated February 15, 2018