Staying Healthy

One way to keep yourself healthy is to prevent problems before they happen. You can do this by getting your recommended screenings at the right time.

For everyone

  • Get your teeth cleaned at least once a year.
  • Get a blood-sugar (glucose) test to check for diabetes starting at age 45 or earlier.
  • Get checked for colon cancer starting at age 50, or at age 40 if colon cancer runs in your family.

For Women Only

  • Get a Pap smear (to check for cervical cancer) starting no later than age 21. Ask your provider when to start and how often to get one.
  • Get a mammogram (to check for breast cancer) staring at age 40, or sooner if you have a risk for breast cancer. Ask your provider how often.
  • Let your provider know if you had diabetes during pregnancy.

For Men Only

  • Get a prostate-cancer screening starting at age 50, or earlier if recommended

Practice Healthy Habits

You can also stay healthy by taking care of yourself:

  • Follow your doctor's or nurse's directions for taking medicines.
  • Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Cut down on sweets, soda, and fats.
  • Be active for at least 30 minutes most days of the week.
  • Aim for a healthy weight (if you are not at a healthy weight).
  • Quit smoking (if you smoke). Quitting smoking can be very hard, so keep trying.

For additional information on physical activity and nutrition, please visit the Department of Public Health's Mass in Motion website:


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