15 Ways to Stay Well in 2015

Resolve today to make 2015 a year of better health. The new year is a great time to focus on improving your health and that of your loved ones. You don't need to make drastic changes all at once. Choose something important to you, set realistic goals, and resolve to make at least one small change today. Below, Director of Health Dr. Michael Fine offers some advice to get and stay well in the coming year.

  1. Spend time with people you love.
  2. Find easy and enjoyable ways to exercise 30 minutes a day.
  3. Drink water from a cup or a glass rather than a plastic bottle, and find ways to cut back the sugar, one drink at a time.
  4. Eat fruits and vegetables grown in Rhode Island to help reach or maintain a healthy weight.
  5. Dispose safely of any unused medications.
  6. Help us make sure all Rhode Islanders have a great primary care doctor with a great primary care practice near their homes. more
  7. Get a flu shot, wash your hands often, and cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  8. Practice safer sex. Get tested for HIV and know when to get tested for hepatitis c.
  9. Talk to your primary care doctor about sex, drugs, and rock and roll.
  10. Finish high school and college.
  11. Never ever smoke. If you do smoke, get help quitting.
  12. Never take an opioid pain medication that is not prescribed to you, and never mix your opioids with alcohol.
  13. Talk to your doctor about your plan for if and when you want to have children. If you have children, surround them with love.
  14. Take a break from the screens and devices. Go to the library. Read a book.
  15. Visit your friends.