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Sixty Days to Better Health Chanllenge: Turn healthy resolutions into long-term healthy habits

Florida Department of Health experts say it takes about 60 days to form a new habit. Their 60 Days to Better Health Challenge tool (downloadable at allows Floridians to track their progress and turn healthy resolutions into long-term healthy habits with these tips and more.


Eat your colors. MyPlate ( illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet.


Drink eight ounces of water eight times a day. Water is the body's principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight.


Engage in 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces risk for many chronic diseases.


Quit tobacco. Tobacco Free Florida ( offers free and convenient resources, and the Florida Quitline and Web Coach are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


De-stress. Using healthy ways to cope with stress and getting the right care can put problems in perspective and help stressful feelings and symptoms subside.


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