Healthy living tips and information at

Health Planning
Condition Library
Healthy Conversations
Medicine Matters
View our YouTube Channel

getting fit

Create an Activity Plan

Browse Activities

Featured Activity


Yoga is a series of stretches and poses, usually in a class, for flexibility, strength, and balance development. The intensity of yoga can be adjusted according to the level of experience.

View Activity

More From MerckEngage

Sign Up

Merck Products & Resources

Linda's Story

View Video

Conversation Starters

What do you think about your new medicine? Use this quick survey to help start a chat with your doctor!

Medicine Worksheet [PDF]

Create a handy record of all your medicines, vitamins, and supplements.

Tips for Taking Your Medicine [PDF]

Try these simple steps for remembering to take and refill your medicines.

Additional Resources

Condition Tracking Tools

More From MerckEngage

Sign Up

Merck Products & Resources


You have already invited a caregiver. You will be notified when that person accepts the invitation to join you in MerckEngage®.


Working With Your Health Care Provider

A strong partnership with your health care team plays a key role in your health. See how the records you keep, the updates you share, and the questions you ask can help you make informed decisions together.

Before your health care visit

Discussion and questions checklist [PDF, 3 pages, 182k]

After your health care visit

Follow-up checklist [PDF, 1 page, 120k]

Take steps for healthier living

Just Walk sponsors free local events. Bring friends and enjoy a walk together with local health care professionals.

Learn more about diabetes self–care

Find a diabetes educator who can help.

Sign up for

There's even more support waiting when you sign up. You'll have practical help for setting and reaching goals as you customize your ongoing Health Plan.

You can sign up now. It's free.

Learn the benefits of signing up.

How MerckEngage will use your information.

Have questions about MerckEngage or need help? Support Representatives are here for you. Call 877-MERCK-36 (877-637-2536).

Health Coach Call

Listen to an example of what a call might sound like.

PlayNutrition call (7:16)
PlayActivity call (7:22)

Here are some important things to know about your Health Coach Call:

Our Coaches are employed by a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., a pharmaceutical company. The information provided is based on generally available nutrition and physical activity guidelines and information applicable to most people. Health Coaches are not licensed dietitians or health and fitness professionals, and they are not in a position to assess your individual nutrition or activity needs. This information is not appropriate if you are pregnant, and it may not be appropriate if you have specialized dietary needs or limitations on the level of activity or exercise you can safely undertake due to your medical conditions. Consult your health care professional regarding your specific needs, limitations, and health conditions. Health Coaches can educate and coach you on nutritional and physical activity recommendations for the typical person. Health Coaches are not health care professionals and cannot offer medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult your health care professional because he or she knows you best. If you have a chronic health condition, check with your health care professional to find out if physical activity is safe before you start. If during your call you have concerns about any condition, special dietary needs, limitations on the level of activity or exercise, any treatments, side effects, or adverse experiences, your Health Coach will refer you to your health care professional.

Activity Points Explained

This Planner uses Activity Points as a way to help you stay motivated and focused on your activity goals. Points are assigned to each activity in the Planner. You'll earn more points when you increase the duration of the activity.

For example, when you bicycle for 15 minutes at a moderate pace (12 to 14 mph), you earn 120 Activity Points. To earn the same number of Activity Points while cycling at a very easy pace (less than 10 mph), you would need to bike for 30 minutes.

If you are currently inactive or get very little activity during the week, a good goal to work toward is 500 Activity Points each week. This is equal to 30 minutes of moderate–intensity aerobic exercise on 5 days a week.

If you are moderately or highly active (more than 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week), you may want to aim for up to 1,000 Activity Points each week. This is equivalent to 1 hour of activity on 5 days a week.

What you'll gain

At 500 Activity Points per week: Once you consistently reach this level (ie, 150 minutes of moderate–intensity aerobic activity per week), you may gain substantial health benefits. These benefits include lower risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and depression.

At 1,000 Activity Points per week: When you consistently reach this level (ie, 300 minutes of moderate–intensity aerobic activity per week), you may gain even more health benefits. These benefits include a decreased risk of colon and breast cancer and an even lower risk of heart disease and diabetes.