The New Year is a time for new opportunities, new beginnings, new initiatives and new ways of thinking and acting. Here are some healthy resolutions you may want to think about for yourself, your family and friends .
Make healthy food choices. A healthy eating plan emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat milk and milk products. It also includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts.
Wash your hands often. Handwashing is critical to prevent the spread of infection and illness. When handwashing, lather well with soap, scrubbing to a slow count of 20, rinse and then dry your hands. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Get active. Try simple things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or take the stairs for some of the ways and use the elevator for the rest of the way. Park further from your destination, walk to work if feasible, aim to do some form of activity at least 2.5 hours a week.
Protect yourself from injury or disease. Get vaccinated, have regular dental and medical check-ups. They can help identify problems early when chances for treatment and cure are better. Wear sunscreen and insect repellent when necessary.
Get enough sleep. Adults need seven or more hours of sleep. Insufficient sleep is associated with fatigue and depression as well as chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
Drink plenty of water. You need to drink at least 7-8 glasses of water a day. Replace pop and sugary drinks with water and have a glass of water before each meal.
Strengthen your support system. Connect or re-connect with friends and family. Join a new social or activity group. Spend time with positive and supportive people and don’t hesitate to ask for help.