Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498
Date: January 9, 2014
DOVER (Jan. 7, 2014) - Does your list of New Year's resolutions seem as long as your holiday "to do" list? To make a healthier you in 2014, take it one day at a time with encouragement and ideas from the "31 Days to a Healthier You" social media campaign from Delaware Health and Social Services' (DHSS) Division of Public Health. Started in 2013, the second year of the social media campaign offers even more videos, tips, photos, how-to videos and contact information, all using the Twitter hashtag #healthDE, to start your New Year right.
"Whether it's getting enough exercise or making good choices about what we eat, we all know it's easier to start and maintain good habits with support from family, friends and colleagues," said Governor Jack Markell. "This campaign offers simple strategies we can all benefit from and uses social media to share experiences as well as encourage others to make healthier choices."
"When it comes to your health, making small lifestyle changes can bring big rewards for you and for your family," DHSS Secretary Rita Landgraf said. "Our social media campaign will give you plenty of ideas for being more physically active, making healthier food choices, quitting smoking or getting regular medical screenings. You choose what will help you, and then encourage your family and friends to do the same. Together, we can build habits that will lead to a healthier Delaware."
Each week in January will feature a different topic with tips on healthy living; from exercise to healthy eating to tobacco cessation to disease prevention, to health screenings, to immunizations and more.
The second year of the campaign has a new twist-now that health insurance is available for the vast majority of Americans, a healthier you in 2014 is more possible than ever before. Under the Affordable Care Act, Delawareans now have access to free health screenings (like mammograms, blood pressure checks and autism screening for toddlers) and prevention opportunities (like free immunizations, nutrition counseling and more). To learn about Delaware's health insurance marketplace, go to www.choosehealthde.com. To learn about preventive benefits, visit healthcare.gov and search for "prevention."
"Taking small but important health steps can be life-changing," said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. "The Healthier You campaign is not about saying 'make a massive lifestyle change' but instead focuses on the small things you can do, right now, today."
Rattay offered several suggestions:
Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.