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Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Five Minutes for Health

Take 5! A little time can go a long way in improving or maintaining good health. Take a little time each day to safegaurd yourself and your family. Here are some tips to be safe and healthy in five minutes or less.

Five Minutes Or Less
For Health

Being healthy and safe takes commitment, but it doesn’t have to be time-consuming, painful, or boring. Most things are simple and take so little time that you’ll wonder why you’ve been avoiding them. Even small steps can mean big rewards in preventing illness and injury.

Remember that maintaining and improving your health is a lifetime journey. So don’t get discouraged if you don’t "see" those preventive rewards, like the extra pounds you didn’t gain, the high blood pressure you didn’t get, or the emergency room visit you avoided.

Find out what you can do in five minutes or less to make a difference to your health and safety. Some things even take less than one minute. Here is a sample of activities you can do to help protect yourself and your family in five minutes or less:

Wash hands (20 seconds) Buckle up (4 seconds) Test smoke alarms (10 seconds per alarm) Eat healthy (2 minutes to make a salad) Take the stairs (2 minutes to walk two flights) Make a doctor’s appointment (2 minutes) Take a break (5 minutes) Put on a condom (less than a minute) Learn more 5-minute tips! (4 minutes)

Also, find out what things may take more than five minutes but are worth the time, such as getting physical activity, planting your own vegetables, and preparing healthy meals and snacks.