The Traditional 10 Tips for Better Health

  1. Don't smoke.  If you can, stop.  If you can't, cut down.
  2. Follow a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables.
  3. Keep physically active.
  4. Manage stress by, for example, talking things through and making time to relax.
  5. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
  6. Cover up in the sun, and protect children from sunburn.
  7. Practice safer sex.
  8. Take up cancer screening opportunities.
  9. Be safe on the roads; follow the Highway Code.
  10. Learn the First Aid ABCs: airways, breathing, circulation.

Ten Tips for Staying Healthy - Gordon, David, 1999

  1. Don't be poor.  If you can, stop.  If you can't, try not to be poor for long.
  2. Don't have poor parents.
  3. Own a car.
  4. Don't work in a stressful, low paid manual job.
  5. Don't live in damp, low quality housing.
  6. Be able to afford to go on a foreign holiday and sunbathe.
  7. Practice not losing your job and don't become unemployed.
  8. Take all benefits you are entitled to if you are unemployed, retired or sick or disabled.
  9. Don't live next to a busy major road or near a polluting factory.
  10. Learn how to fill in the complex housing benefit/asylum application forms before you become homeless and destitute.

Source: Raphael, D. 2000. The question of evidence in health promotion.  Health Promotion International 15:355-67. Table 3, "The role of ideology in health promotion."