September is Healthy Aging Month…recapture that “back to school” feeling with a personal commitment to renew yourself.

Here are some tips to inspire you as you improve yourself physically, socially, and mentally:

  • Move more, sit less.
    • Why? Physical activity is your weapon to help control blood pressure, help prevent heart disease and stroke, and possibly lower your risk for depression, anxiety, and conditions like certain cancers and type 2 diabetes.
    • What to do? Choose something fun so you can keep at it (e.g., cycling, walking, dancing).
  • Rekindle or follow a new passion. Take a hard look at what you like to do rather than what other people tell you to do. Meet new people; pick some activities where you might meet new friends.
  • Learn to say no. Be realistic with what you can accomplish…don’t overwhelm yourself with a to-do list.

For more tips on reducing and controlling stress, visit Mental Health America at

Adapted from 10 Tips for September Is Healthy Aging Month,