Well-child visits: Ages 18-21 years

BMI: What's your number

Body mass index (BMI) tells whether or not your weight is right for your height. It also gives an idea of how much body fat you have and assesses your risk of someday developing diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and some cancers.

A healthy eating plan provides your body with the nutrients it needs while staying within your daily calorie goal and lowers your risk for developing health conditions. Physical activity is just as important in keeping you strong. Make a plan to get active by starting with 30 minutes of brisk walking 3 to 5 times a week. Consider tracking your progress with a daily food and activity diary. The internet has many tools and smartphone apps available that make calorie tracking easy.

Antibiotics aren't the answer to everything

Most illnesses are caused by either bacteria or viruses. Antibiotics can cure illnesses caused by bacteria, such as pneumonia or sinus infections. However, they don't cure the common cold or flu. With these illnesses, you just have to ride it out—get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids. So, what's the harm if you do take antibiotics when they're not needed? It can make some bacteria stronger and harder to kill, which can result in more severe illnesses that even antibiotics can't cure. To prevent this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges people to take antibiotics only when needed and as directed by their doctor.

For more information, visit the CDC website, or call 800.CDC.INFO.

Are your immunizations up to date?

Shots aren't just for kids. Check out our Preventive Health Care Guidelines.

Hello, Real World!

What lies ahead for your future? Are you headed out into the workforce, planning on college or joining the military? With all your new responsibilities comes new hurdles and opportunities, and it's important to learn the skills that will help you make better decisions about the kind of person you want to be. This is an exciting time in your life, and it's normal to have feelings of anxiety, nervousness and stress from time to time.

Here are some ways to help you manage those feelings

  • Learn relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation or yoga. Relaxation techniques have a calming effect on both the body and mind. Avoid alcohol, drugs or tobacco since they can create a false sense of temporary relaxation and have dangerous, long lasting effects on the body that will cause more harm than good in the long run.
  • Get plenty of sleep, fuel and exercise. Choosing healthy fruits, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains will give you the energy you need to handle life's ups and downs.
  • Get some fresh air. A walk in the park or a bike ride can help you feel peaceful and grounded.
  • Think positive. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10? Set positive goals and develop a plan to achieve them.
  • Spend quality time with family and friends. Talking with someone who listens and cares will help you remember that you're not alone.

If your feelings of anxiety don't seem to go away, talk to your doctor about getting support.