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DHSS Press Release



Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@delaware.gov

Date: January 7, 2016
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START A HEALTHY HABIT WITH "31 DAYS TO A HEALTHIER YOU" TIPS


Dover, DE (January 7, 2016) - Start your January 2016 right with the help of the Division of Public Health's (DPH) "31 Days to a Healthier You" social media campaign. Use the hashtag #31DaysDE to view how-to videos, tips, photos, and contact information for starting the New Year right.

"Healthy habits will lead to a healthier Delaware," said Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS) Secretary Rita Landgraf. "I encourage all Delawareans to have at least one New Year's resolution that is health-oriented: walking more, eating wiser portions, or visiting your doctor or dentist. Small steps can lead to big health improvements."

"We all need refreshing and inspirational ideas for taking charge of our health," said Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH director. "If Delawareans are more physically active, make healthier food choices, quit smoking, and get regular medical screenings and immunizations, they are at reduced risk of certain cancers, heart attacks and strokes, diabetes, and obesity."

Secretary Landgraf and Director Rattay's comments are reinforced by the newly issued 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. New in this update of the Dietary Guidelines is the recommendation that less than 10 percent of calories should come from added sugars and saturated fats. View the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans at: health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/.

Under the Affordable Care Act, Delawareans 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."

DPH offers these healthy lifestyle suggestions:

Individuals seeking TTY services should call 7-1-1 or 800-232-5460. A person who is deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, or speech-disabled can use a TTY to type his/her conversation to a relay operator, who then reads the typed conversation to a hearing person at the DPH call center. The relay operator relays the hearing person's spoken words by typing them back to the TTY user. To learn more about translation services and TTY availability in Delaware, visit delawarerelay.com.

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. DPH, a division of DHSS, urges Delawareans to make healthier choices with the 5-2-1 Almost None campaign: eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables each day, have no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time each day (includes TV, computer, gaming), get 1 or more hours of physical activity each day, drink almost no sugary beverages.



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.





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