1. Eat more fruit and vegetables. Incorporate more vegetables in your meal by eating a salad every night or making a meal around vegetables. Eat more fruits by topping your breakfast cereal with fruit like bananas or peaches.
2. Portion matters. Use your hand as your guide.
3. Cook and eat from home a majority of the time. This makes it easier to control your intake of fat, sugar and sodium. Plus, you can manage your portions when you prepare food yourself.
4. Balance calories in and calories out. Understand how many calories you need each day based on your age and gender.
5. Get moving! Move 150 minutes per week. This can be as simple as 30 minutes, 5 times a day or 60 minutes every day for your children.
6. Build Support. Set personal goals for your health and find a buddy to help you get there.
7. Know you numbers. Visit your pharmacy or your physician and learn what your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose numbers are.
8. Maintain a healthy weight. Know where you should be and weigh yourself regularly. Being overweight or obese can lead to many chronic health conditions.
9. Rest and de-stress. Laugh often and spend time with your family. Treat yourself to your favorite activities.