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VA New Jersey Health Care System


Healthy Living

Healthy Living 

Be Physically Active

Eat Wisely

Be Physically ActiveAvoid inactivity. Some activity is better than none. Aim for at least 2 1/2 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. Every 10 minute session counts. Do strengthening activities at least 2 days each week.  More details. Eat WiselyEat wisely to maximize your health. Eat a variety of foods including vegetables, fruits and whole grains. It is important to include fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products in your diet, and limit total salt, fat, sugar, and alcohol. More details.

Strive for a Healthy Weight

Get Recommended Screening Tests
and Immunizations

Strive for a Healthy WeightStrive for a healthy weight. IF you need to lose weight, losing even a little will help. If you are of normal weight, maintain it. Staying in control of your weight helps you be healthy now and in the future. More details. Get Recommended Screening Tests and ImmunizationsGet recommended preventive services including screening tests and immunizations. Recommendations for preventive services depend on your age, gender, health status, and family history. Find out which screening tests and immunizations are recommended for you! More details.

Be Involved in Your Healthcare

Be Tobacco Free

Be Involved in Your HealthcareBe involved in your health care. There are many ways to take an active role. Work with your health care team to improve you health. More details. Be Tobacco FreeBe tobacco free! Don’t use tobacco in any form. If you are using tobacco, the VA can help you quit. Avoid second hand smoke. If you are pregnant, both you and your baby will benefit when you quit using tobacco. More details.

Limit Alcohol

Manage Stress

Limit AlcoholIf you choose to drink alcohol, drink in moderation (women no more than 1 drink a day; men no more than 2 drinks a day). Avoid “binge drinking”. If you are concerned about your drinking, talk to your VA health care team about getting help. More details. Manage StressPay attention to stress. Tools are available to help you manage and reduce your stress. More details.

Be Safe

Be SafeThere are actions you can take to protect yourself and those you love from harm. Common safety issues are sexually transmitted infections, falls, and motor vehicle crashes. More details.