Small changes that only take a little time can go a long way to improve or maintain good health. In Five Minutes or Less, You Can:

1.    Wash hands
Handwashing is one of the best things we can do to keep from getting sick and avoid spreading germs to others.

2.    Buckle up
Seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about half. Seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes.

3.    Protect your skin
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. To protect your skin http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/prevention.htm use a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, seek shade, cover up and avoid indoor tanning.

4.    Read food labels
Look at nutrition labels http://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/LabelingNutrition/ucm274593.htm to know what you’re eating. See how much fat, cholesterol, sodium, sugars, and other ingredients are in your food.

5.    Find a physician near you.
Schedule a visit to know your status.

6.    Test your smoke alarm
Test your smoke alarm http://www.cdc.gov/family/minutes/tips/checkbatteries/index.htm once a month to make sure it works properly. Replace the batteries if needed during the time change each spring and fall.

7.    Listen to a health podcast
CDC offers many podcasts http://www2c.cdc.gov/podcasts/ on a variety of topics. Listen to them for health and safety information.

8.    Know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and stroke
Every year about 735,000 Americans http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm have a heart attack. Learn the symptoms of a heart attack http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/signs_symptoms.htm and stroke http://www.cdc.gov/Stroke/signs_symptoms.htm.

These tips are just a few of the many things you can do in five minutes or less. Learn more http://www.cdc.gov/family/minutes/ small steps you can take to improve your health @ http://www.cdc.gov/features/fiveminutes/index.html