Day 40 — Feb. 23 — Take three minutes to read tips on talking to your doctor. Visit the website of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality at www.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/diagnosis-treatment/diagnosis/doctalk/index.html. Spend a few moments reading about the best ways to give and get information while visiting the doctor, as well as what to do after you’ve left. Taking an active role in your own health care is important, but it’s easy to feel tongue-tied or even overwhelmed during a doctor’s appointment, especially if it’s a hurried visit and there is a lot of information to absorb. By reading up on the best ways to prepare, what to ask, and what to do later, you can become a more effective partner in managing your health.
Day 41 — Feb. 24 — Plan to drink a full glass of water before you begin your next restaurant meal. Visiting a restaurant can be fun, but for most people, it means eating way more than they would if they were at home. Drinking a glass of water before your meal helps to fill your stomach and can help curb your eating. Bonus: Water is free and keeps you hydrated.
Day 42 — Feb. 25 — Power up your pace. Walk briskly from one place to another today. When you set out to walk anywhere today (whether it’s around your office, on an errand, or from one room to another in your home), make a conscious effort to pick up the pace. Pretend that you’re in a hurry or that someone is waiting for you, and speed up your steps. Regular moderate-intensity physical activity (such as brisk walking) lowers your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes. It can help you control your weight and even aid in managing stress. Bonus: Adding even a few moments of brisk walking to your day gives you a quick energy boost, too.