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Healthy Mississippi: Steps to better health

Healthy Mississippi: Steps to better health

The leading causes of early death for Mississippians are heart disease, cancer and diabetes. They take away valuable years of active, healthy life — yet all of these chronic diseases are highly preventable.

Staying in good overall health makes you less likely to become severely ill from COVID-19 and from other diseases.

Keeping in shape has never never been more important. Starting small, setting goals and being informed can all help you become the healthy person you deserve to be, and stay that way.

Staying active is one of the greatest drivers of good health. Make an effort to move vigorously every day, whether it's walking, running, dancing, or simple exercises. Start with a few minutes and build up to half an hour or more. Ways to get moving.

Choosing foods that build health is the second key to getting healthy and staying that way. When you focus on more fruits, grains and vegetables, lighter meats, and eliminate snack food, you can lower your risk of major chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease, and feel better at the same time. Simple ways to eat better

Regular checkups to watch your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar give you advance warning of serious problems, and keep you on track to health. Heart disease kills more Mississippians than any other cause, yet it's easy to avoid. The numbers you need to know

Keep a healthy weight to make life longer and more enjoyable. When you eat right and stay active, you're already on your way to your best weight. Help with a healthy weight


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