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14 ways to stay healthy in 2014

1. Spend time with people you love.

2. Find easy and enjoyable ways to exercise 30 minutes a day. (http://www.health.ri.gov/healthyweight/about/physicalactivity/)

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. (http://www.health.ri.gov/healthrisks/sugarsweetenedbeverages/)

4. Eat fruits and vegetables grown in Rhode Island to help reach or maintain a healthy weight. (http://www.farmfreshri.org/)

5. Dispose safely of any unused medications. (http://www.rirrc.org/resident/unwanted-medications)

6. Help us make sure all Rhode Islanders have a great primary care doctor with a great primary care practice near their homes. (http://www.health.ri.gov/find/providers/)

7. Get a flu shot, wash your hands often, and cough and sneeze into your elbow. (http://www.health.ri.gov/find/vaccinations/, http://www.health.ri.gov/disease/prevention/about/handwashing/)

8. Practice safer sex. Get tested for HIV and know when to get tested for hepatitis c. (http://www.health.ri.gov/find/hivtestingsites/, http://www.health.ri.gov/find/hepatitistestingsites/)

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. (http://www.quitnowri.com/)

12. Never take an opioid pain medication that is not prescribed to you, and never mix your opioids with alcohol. (http://www.health.ri.gov/healthrisks/painmeds/index.php)

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. (http://www.health.ri.gov/healthyliving/sexualhealth/about/familyplanning/)

14. Take a break from the screens and devices. Visit your friends. Go to the library. Read a book.

Related links

Department or agency: Department of Health

Online: http://www.health.ri.gov

Release date: 12-31-2013

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