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* Think about the whole meal, not just the main course.

* Use smaller dishes and containers. Larger ones encourage you to eat more.

* Keep reminders of how much you're eating.

* Get enough sleep. Less sleep is linked to higher rates of obesity.

* Get active. Look for opportunities to add physical activity in your daily routine.

* Do it together. Family, friends and coworkers can all help each other make healthy changes.


Four things YOU can do to prevent falls:

* Begin a regular exercise program. Exercise is one of the most important ways to lower your chan es of falling. It makes you stronger and helps you feel better. Lack of exercise leads to weakness and increases your chances of falling.

* Have a Health care provider review your medicines. As you get older, the way medicines work in your body can change. Some medicines, or combinations of medicines, can make you sleepy or dizzy and can cause you to fall.

* Have your vision checked. Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year. You may be wearing the wrong glasses or have a condition like glaucoma or cataracts that limits your vision. Poor vision can increase your chances of falling.

* Make your home safer. Remove clutter and throw rugs from stairs and places where you walk as they are potential trip hazards.

* Keep items you use often in cabinets you can reach easily without using a step stool.

* Install grab bars next to your toilet and in the tub or shower.

* Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors.

* Improve the lighting in your home. Hang light-weight curtains or shades to reduce glare.

* Have handrails and lights put on all staircases

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