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5 Ways to Boost Your Health

Move your health forward with these easy steps.

There's more to healthy living than just losing weight. It's important to also focus on learning fresh feel-good tips and creating new healthy habits. Here are five small things you (and your family) can do right now to get your wellbeing back on track.

Get your flu shot
This one little shot isn’t just good for you; it can also keep you from spreading viruses to your friends, family, and co-workers.

Wear sunscreen everyday 
This might seem like a no-brainer, but in the cooler months it’s easy to forget to protect your skin from the sun. The fact is, sun damage occurs year-round, in every climate. Buying a daily moisturizer with SPF helps protect against skin cancer, keeps skin hydrated, and wards off wrinkles and other signs of aging. Well worth it, no?

Eat Indian food tonight
Preliminary research suggests that components of the spice turmeric can reduce the spread of certain cancers. And it doesn’t hurt that the spice also adds delicious depth to Indian dishes. Why not whip up some Chicken Tandoori? It might do more than simply satisfy your appetite.

DVR the late-night shows
We all love Fallon and Colbert – but do you love them enough to let it sabotage your weight loss? Sleep deprivation can lead to overeating. "When you don't get enough sleep, your body is in an after-stress reaction mode, and you go to eat," says Karen Miller-Kovach, MS, RD, former Chief Scientific Officer for Weight Watchers International. Another tip: turn your alarm clock around so that you can’t see it from bed. Sometimes seeing the time can cause anxiety and make you restless and unable to doze off.

Eat more often
Put another way: don’t let yourself get ravenous. When you’re starving, you’re more likely to scarf down that entire sandwich and overeat. A recent study suggests that faster eaters actually tend to weigh more. So eat often, and eat leisurely.