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Got a minute? 15 super-fast ways to improve your well-being

Want to be healthier? Each of these tips requires only a minute or so of your time.

  1. Wash your hands. Scrub with soap and water for 20 seconds, or about as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice.
  2. Use safety gear when playing outdoors.
  3. Ease back pain. Stand up straight, and don’t slouch at your desk.
  4. Look for the VIPPS seal when purchasing medicine on the Web.
  5. Disinfect your kitchen sponge. Studies have shown that microwaving a wet sponge for one minute can kill almost all bacteria on it — better than bleach.
  6. Scrub those fruits and veggies with water. Yes, even if you’re peeling them, to remove dirt and pesticide residue.
  7. Buckle up. This goes for adults and children.
  8. Test your smoke alarms every month. And change batteries when you set your clocks ahead or back each spring and fall.
  9. Read food labels. Look at serving size and fat, cholesterol, sodium, and carbohydrates.
  10. Learn the signs of stroke. Call 911 if you or a loved one experience numbness or weakness on one side, confusion or trouble speaking, vision problems, trouble walking or loss of balance and severe headache.
  11. Post the National Capital Poison Center number on all of your phones (1-800-222-1222).
  12. Take a multivitamin, if needed. Talk to your doctor to find out.
  13. Turn down the volume. Noises at or above 85 decibels can cause gradual hearing loss. For example: An MP3 player turned all the way up emits up to 120 decibels!
  14. Just floss! Do it at least once a day.
  15. Do a freezer check. Keep raw meat for no more than four months and cooked meats no more than two to three months. (And set your freezer to 0 degrees F or lower.)

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