Healthy Resolutions for Your New Year

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A New Year is an opportunity for a fresh start, and a great time to make some healthy resolutions.

Eat a healthier diet. Look at what you eat each day and see how you can improve your diet. Focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat or fat-free dairy. Steer clear of fat, salt, cholesterol, and sugar. Use the USDA’s MyPlate program as a guide to healthy eating and weight management.

Get more exercise. The CDC recommendations are to get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five days a week, and to do muscle-strengthening activities two or more days a week.

 Take some “me” time. Having some time to yourself can help you manage stress effectively. Cultivate healthy habits such as reading, walking, or meditating during this time.

Schedule a doctor visit. Don’t skip well visits, and when you meet with your doctor, discuss a schedule of screening tests, possibly including procedures such as a mammogram, cholesterol screening, blood pressure check, colonoscopy and others.

Stop smoking. It’s never too late to quit. After not smoking for 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to within normal range. Two to three months after quitting, lung function improves. Ten years after quitting, your risk of dying from lung cancer decreases to about half that of a person who has continued to smoke.

Get more sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, most adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night, and many aren’t getting nearly enough. Sleep is an important contributing factor to overall health, and getting enough quality sleep can help boost mood, improve memory, reduce the risk of depression, fight inflammation and more.

To learn more about how St. Petersburg General Hospital can help you live a healthy lifestyle, visit us online or call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5122 to speak with a registered nurse.
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