Wellness University: Healthy Lifestyle

Don’t just be healthy. Live healthy.

Being healthy should be an everyday focus. It’s a lifestyle. Whether you’re trying to get over a past health concern, deal with one now or prevent a future one, the attention you give to all aspects of your well-being is a great investment. Living a healthy lifestyle can stave off chronic diseases and long-term illnesses. Meanwhile, feeling good about yourself and taking care of your health are important for your self-esteem and self-image.

UF Health has many resources that can help you address your health from all angles.

Health Encyclopedia  

We’ve got you covered from asthma to the Zika virus.  Our health encyclopedia is the no. 1 most visited page on our website. You can trust  the over 8,800 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries. It also contains an extensive library of medical photographs and illustrations.

Health in a Heartbeat  

Discover the latest consumer-health information and news on medical research, patient-care breakthroughs and health-care industry trends.

Primary Care

Prevention is the best medicine and having a primary care provider is one of the best ways for you and your family to remain healthy. From checkups and annual physicals to the management of complex and multiple health concerns, we’re here for you every step of the way.

Executive Health

Enjoy the benefit of a same-day evaluation with your physician, and get all your tests completed and questions answered with our comprehensive medical exam.

Integrative Medicine

Learn about care for the whole person – mind, body and spirit –to help you achieve optimal health and well-being in all aspects of life.

UF Health Fitness and Wellness Center

Whether just improving your fitness level, recovering from an injury or managing diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, UF Health Fitness and Wellness Center is there to help.

Cooking/Nutrition/Recipes

Discover how to prepare and cook delicious, healthy meals.

Sleep Hygiene 

A good night’s sleep restores our energy and promotes health. Here are some suggestions to promote restful sleeping.

Healthy Aging

There's no quick fix when it comes to healthy aging. That’s why it’s so important to find reliable health and wellness information for older adults.

Guide for Healthy Living

A plant-based diet can be helpful as you begin your journey to better health. We’ve created a guide to help you begin this journey and stick to it.

Heart Health

Our heart needs us to stay informed so we can keep it beating strong throughout our lifetimes. Here’s some key heart advice that can make a big difference in our daily lives.

Pregnancy Care 

Getting good care before, during, and after your pregnancy is very important. It can help your baby grow and develop and keep you both healthy. It is the best way to be sure your little one gets a head start on a healthy life.

Stroke Prevention

A stroke or “brain attack” occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel  breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. Learn the signs and symptoms of a stroke.

Diabetes Prevention and Care  

Diabetes affects millions of Americans and is the nation's sixth deadliest disease. However, with the use of educational tools for healthy eating, exercising and medication, leading a happy and healthy life with a diabetes diagnosis is possible.

Mental Health

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Managing your Healthy Weight

The foods and drinks you choose are important to maintaining a healthy weight.

Tobacco Cessation  

Whatever your reason to quit is, there are free tools and services to help you get started.

Hands-Only CPR

Sudden cardiac arrests are more common than you may think, and they can happen to anyone at any time. Hands-only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths, and has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest, doubling or even tripling a victim’s chance of survival. Learn how you can help save a life.

Orthopaedics

Discover tips to help prevent injuries or get you on the road to recovery.

Addiction

Also referred to as substance use disorder, is a primary, chronic disease of the brain that affects not only the individual but the entire family.

Dental Health

By taking good care of your teeth and gums, you can help prevent problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Pet Health 

Animal Airwaves is a series that features short audio recordings relating to animal health, ranging from insights into animal behavior to veterinary patient care breakthroughs and trends.

Research Studies & Clinical Trials

Your participation in research at the University of Florida is important to us. That’s why we want to make sure you know what’s going on with our research studies.

Stress Management

It’s important to reduce or manage stress to help prevent health problems.

  • Meditation, Breathing and Relaxation - Use these virtual resources to slow down, take a deep breath and re-center your emotions. Explore guided meditation and breath work audio and video of varying lengths, all created for you by our talented team of Artists in Residence and Integrative Therapy Practitioners.
  • Music - These are some of the most requested songs in the hospital. These tunes of encouragement and hope, some written by patients themselves, will brighten your day. All songs are performed by the talented musicians in residence at UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine program.
  • Art - Expand your creativity and learn to make things you’ve never imagined you could. Everyone is creative, and using that creativity encourages us to slow down and connect to your inner “super power.”

Cancer Resources

We know that cancer can be more than a physical disease as it touches the deepest fears of patients and their families. The are many resources to lessen the impact of a cancer diagnosis.

Health and Wellness Quizzes

Test your knowledge about a variety of health topics.

Pregnancy: How much do you know about having a healthy pregnancy?

BMI Calculator: The most common way to assess your weight and measure health risks related to your weight is through your body mass index (BMI). Do you know your BMI?

Blood Pressure and Lifestyle: Making key lifestyle changes can help you get your blood pressure under control.

Managing Type 2 Diabetes: If your blood sugar is not controlled, serious health problems can happen. Learn how to manage your blood sugar so that you can stay as healthy as possible.

Osteoarthritis and Activity: When you have arthritis, being active is good for your overall health and sense of well-being. Exercise keeps your muscles strong and increases your range of motion.

What’s Your Osteoporosis Risk? Test your knowledge about osteoporosis.

Sleep Myths & Facts: The quality of your sleep is as important as how much sleep you get.

Depression: Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, or miserable. Most of us feel this way occasionally. But depression as a medical condition affects your daily life in an ongoing way. Talk with your doctor if you have any of these symptoms, or if you think you may be depressed.