1. Get regular checkups. These are important even when you feel healthy. They help catch problems early, when they’re usually easiest to treat. It’s always a good idea to review your medications with your healthcare provider and pharmacist.

  2. Exercise. Try to exercise at least 30 minutes most days a week. Exercise is good for your heart and improves strength and balance.

  3. Quit tobacco. People who use tobacco (including smokeless tobacco) have a higher risk for heart attack, stroke, lung disease, and throat and mouth cancer. If you’re a tobacco user, quitting is the most important thing you can do right now to improve your health.

  4. Limit alcohol and avoid drugs. Make smart choices and live a healthier life.

  5. Eat healthy foods. Include fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your meals. Drink water and avoid sugary beverages.