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Healthy Eating & Physical Activity for Life

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Consuming healthy foods and beverages, along with getting regular physical exercise, may help you reach and maintain a weight that suits you. Maintaining that weight, getting adequate sleep, and managing stress may also help prevent some health problems.

This series offers tips for developing and maintaining healthy habits at various life stages, including adulthood, pregnancy, parenthood, and later in life.

Start taking steps now to move more and eat better—for yourself and your loved ones!

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Health Tips for Adults

A balanced eating plan, regular physical activity, and stress relief may help you reach and maintain a weight that suits you. Calculate your body mass index (BMI), a measure of healthy body weight. Learn the key daily decisions that may help both men and women improve health.

Helping Your Child: Tips for Parents

Share a few tips with your children on how to eat and drink enough to fuel their bodies and get them moving. Work together as a family to form healthy habits—such as getting adequate sleep and limiting screen time. Learn how to tell if your child is overweight.

Health Tips for Pregnant Women

Whether you’re ready to try for a baby or are already pregnant, you may be inspired to get healthy. Learn what to eat, how to stay active, and how much weight to gain during pregnancy. Good habits now may help you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Health Tips for Older Adults

As you grow older, good nutrition and staying active are as important as ever, but both men and women may need to make a few changes. Plan nutrient-rich meals on a budget. Learn how to stay healthy and engaged as you mature.

Clinical Trials for Diet, Physical Activity, & Weight Management

Learn about clinical research into how diet and physical activity may help manage body weight at different ages. See which studies are open now.

Last Reviewed October 2019

This content is provided as a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health. NIDDK translates and disseminates research findings to increase knowledge and understanding about health and disease among patients, health professionals, and the public. Content produced by NIDDK is carefully reviewed by NIDDK scientists and other experts.