Healthy living resources
Change your life for the better
We understand that everyone has different needs. No matter how old or young you are, you can always change your life for the better. There may be things you can’t change, like your family genes or your age. But, the rest is really up to you. We want to work with you to help you reach your health goals.
That's why we offer information to help you stay healthy. Trying to quit smoking? We have tips and programs for you. Looking to eat better or start exercising? We’re here to motivate you. You have access to resources, libraries and tools.
We want you to feel that you can take charge of your own health. We’re here to help you make the healthcare decisions that are right for you. Together, we’re a team!
Choose my plate
Eating healthy doesn't have to cost a lot. Learn how to eat better on a budget with Choose My Plate. These easy tips come free to everyone from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Heart Health is a great source of delicious, healthy recipes provided by the National Institutes of Health.
We know people like to get information in different ways. You can listen to free podcasts to learn more about staying healthy.
You can listen to podcasts on topics like weight loss, high blood pressure and heart disease. Find a subject of interest to you at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
Healthy Weight – it’s not a diet, it’s a life style! Staying in control of your weight helps you stay healthy at any age.
- Get regular physical activity
- Limit high-calorie foods and drinks
- Take walks, garden, or do other activities you enjoy each day.
- Run errands on foot or bike, whenever possible, instead of by car.
- Join a walking or biking club.
Improve your diet
- Eat fewer red meats and processed meats.
- Eat at least 2.5 cups of fruits and vegetables daily, especially leafy greens.
- Eat more whole grains instead of refined grain products.
- Eat more vegetable protein, such as tofu.
- Eat foods from the cabbage family, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.
- Limit alcohol to two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women.
Quitting smoking is not easy, but you can do it. To have the best chance of quitting (for good), you need to know what you’re up against, what your options are and where to go for help. You’ll find lots of helpful information here:
- Quit with Us, Louisiana!
- American Cancer Society's guide to quit smoking
- Louisiana Tobacco Control program
Use this quit calculator tool to see just how much you’ll be saving once you’re tobacco-free.
Krames Online is an education resource. It has more than 4,000 health and medication topics. You can search for answers 24 hours a day. Krames Online lets you and your family find answers to most questions, both big and small.
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's website for patients and their families and friends. It’s produced by the National Library of Medicine. You’ll get the health information you need in language you can understand. This service is reliable, up-to-date — and free!
You can use MedlinePlus to find:
- The latest treatments
- Information on a drug or supplement
- The meanings of terms you don’t understand
- Helpful medical videos or illustrations
- Links to the latest medical research on your topic
- Information about clinical trials in your area on a certain disease or condition