My MedlinePlus Weekly Newsletter: Happy, Healthy New Year!

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My MedlinePlus

January 1, 2020

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Schedule a Checkup in the New Year

Take charge of your health in the new year by scheduling a checkup appointment with your health care provider. Regular exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better. To make the most of your next checkup, here are some things to do before you go.

Regular Exercise

Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health. Some of the benefits include improving your overall health and fitness, and reducing your risk for many chronic diseases. Find out more about the different types of exercise, how each can benefit you, and how to make the most of your workout.


Making Mental Health a Priority

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act as we cope with life. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Learn more about making mental health a priority this year.


What Your Vital Signs Say About You

Your vital signs show how well your body is functioning and include blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and temperature. Checking your vital signs helps your health care provider monitor your health and any medical problems you may have. Learn more about what your vital signs mean.



Food provides the energy and nutrients you need to be healthy. The key to healthy eating is to eat a variety of foods including vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products. Eat lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, and low-fat dairy products. Limit salt, sugar, alcohol, saturated fat, and trans fat in your diet. And drink lots of water. Read more about eating healthfully.


Turkey Pumpkin Chili

This easy Turkey Pumpkin Chili recipe is a great one pot meal.