People are living longer than ever before. Many seniors live active and healthy lives. But there's no getting around one thing: as we age, our bodies and minds change. There are things you can do to stay healthy and active as you age: Eat a balanced diet Keep your mind and body active Don't smoke Get regular checkups Practice safety habits to avoid accidents and prevent falls. Protect Your Health As You Grow Older: You can take steps to stay healthy and independent as you get older. It’s important to: Keep your body and mind active Choose healthy foods Get regular checkups Take steps to prevent accidents. Take Action! These steps can help you live a healthier life. Get active. Staying active is one of the best things you can do for your health. Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity – like walking, swimming, or raking leaves. To get the most health benefits, do aerobic activity for at least 10 minutes at a time. If it’s hard for you to be active for more than 10 minutes at once, do 10 minutes of activity a few times during the day. Do strengthening activities 2 or more days a week. Try these exercises for older adults. If you are at risk for falling, do exercises to help your balance. If you have a health condition, be as active as you can be. Talk with your doctor about the best activities for you. Get regular checkups. Your doctor or nurse can help you stay healthy as you get older. Use the myhealthfinder tool to get a list of screening tests recommended for people your age and sex. Print out the list and take it with you to your next doctor’s appointment. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions or problems with your medicines. If you think you might be depressed, tell your doctor. Depression can be treated and is nothing to be ashamed of. Check out these frequently asked questions about depression and older adults. Eat healthy. Eating healthy is always important, no matter how old you are. It’s never too late to make healthy changes. Try these tips: Choose lots of vegetables and fruits in different colors. Make sure most of your grains (like rice and pasta) are whole grains. Drink low-fat or fat-free milk. Choose seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, beans, and nuts. Stay away from trans and saturated fats, cholesterol, sodium (salt), and added sugar.