Healthy living resources
We understand that everyone has different needs. We want to work with you to help you reach your health goals.
That's why Parkland Community Plan offers information to help you stay healthy. We are focused on making sure you get the health care you need and we want you to feel empowered to manage your own health.
Healthy living is for everyone. Parents can take many actions to protect their family’s health and safety. Infants and toddlers who grow up in safe and loving families tend to become healthy teens and adults. Learn more about our healthy living tools – our way to help you take good care of your health.
Eating healthy is an important part of living well. Healthy foods fuel your body for daily activities and help you maintain the proper weight. Learn how to eat better and track your calories with the tools below.
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
What is a healthy weight?
Do you know if you’re at a healthy weight? Body mass index (BMI) is based on your height and weight. To learn what your ideal weight range is, use the BMI calculators below
- Adult Body Mass Index Calculator
- Child and Teen Body Mass Index Calculator
- Getting Started with Losing Weight
- 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.
MedlinePlus is the National Institute 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
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 can find lots of helpful information here:
- Quit Now Texas
- American Cancer Society's Guide to Quitting Smoking
- Texas Tobacco Quit Line, 1-800-784-8669
In addition to its impact on your health, smoking costs a lot of money. Cigarettes cost from $4.50 to $7.50 a pack, depending on where you live and what kind you smoke. A pack-a-day smoker can pay more than $1,000 a year.
How much is smoking costing you?
Find out how much smoking costs you using the Smoke Free Savings Calculator
Or, to see how much money you spend over one year, multiply the number of packs you smoke in a day by the cost per pack by 365 days (Number of packs each day X Cost of 1 pack X 365 days = Total annual cost of smoking)
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can prevent many of the health problems that may come with aging.
Keep in mind that some physical activity is better than none at all. Health benefits can be related back to increased physical activity. You should, however, always talk with your doctor before beginning any kind of physical activity.
To learn more about exercise:
- How much physical activity do we need?
If someone has been poisoned, visit the Texas Poison Center Network or call 1-800-222-1222.
The experts there can answer your questions about poisons. And they can tell you what to do to help a person or pet who has been poisoned. Most people who call never have to leave their home to get help.
Do you worry about whether your child has lead poisoning? Many American children between ages 1 and 5 have too much lead in their blood, which can cause them to be very ill.
They may have too much lead in their body for a long time without you knowing it. This can cause problems in the way they develop. It can even cause death. You can help your child be strong and well by finding out if they have too much lead in their blood.
You can ask your child’s doctor to test your child anytime. Ask for this simple blood test the next time you take your child for their well-child checkup or anytime you see your child’s doctor. If your child has a high level of lead, ask your doctor what to do to help lower it.
Lead may be in dishes or in the paint or plumbing in your home.
Learn more at kidshealth.org.
A blood test for lead exposure
Long-term exposure to lead, a metal used in many things from construction materials to batteries, can cause very bad health problems, particularly in young kids. Lead is harmful to everyone, but unborn babies and young children are in the greatest danger for health problems from lead poisoning. That’s because their smaller, growing bodies make them more able to absorb lead.
Doctors decide whether to do a blood lead test based on a child's risk for lead poisoning. No special preparations are needed for the test. The test is a simple blood test with a needle stick by a trained lab person to get some blood. The results are sent to be tested and returned back to the doctor usually in a couple of days.