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Taking charge of your health means taking charge of all aspects whether sexual, physical, or mental health. Each plays a key role. Previous sections of this guide have covered information about sexual and mental health, so what about physical health?

Maintaining good physical health habits can reduce stress, lower disease risk, and improve your general well-being. You’ve heard it all before about how a balanced diet, exercise, good sleep, and the right amount of water can make a difference and there’s a reason – it works! Diet doesn’t have to be a dirty word used for punishment, instead it is the choices you make about the foods you eat and the nutrition your body craves. Exercise doesn’t have to mean going to the gym, maybe it is a walk around the park or your neighborhood with a friend.

Whatever your routine, here’s a list of 8 practices that can add to your overall well-being:

Build healthy habits

Make good food choices

Drink water

Move your body

Practice mindfulness

Build Take a nap or get a full night’s sleep habits

Reach out to a friend

Reduce stress and seek professional help if necessary

“I really try to be in tune with my body. When something is wrong, I seek medical care. You have to know your body.”


Resources for Wellness and Self Care


Your Healthiest Self: Wellness Toolkits

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Well Being Concepts from the CDC

Well-being is a positive outcome that is meaningful for people and for many sectors of society, because it tells us that people perceive that their lives are going well. Good living conditions (e.g., housing, employment) are fundamental to well-being. Tracking these conditions is important for public policy.  Well-being generally includes global judgments of life satisfaction…


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How to be the best ally you can for your LGBTQIA+ community

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