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New Year's Health Resolutions

Being healthy should be your resolution for this year. Change your old habits and find the ways to get and stay healthy. Try out one of the city's recreation centers and check out the other resources in our city.

Changing to healthy habits and improving health in general are two popular resolutions of every New Year. Is this your resolution too? Good health provides protection against disease, injury, premature death, and improves the quality of life.

First Step

The first step in any new health resolution should be your health care provider’s office. He/she can provide you with the best information based on your age, gender, and overall health to initiate a physical activity program or a healthier diet.


Healthy Tips

Here are a few general tips for a safe and healthy lifestyle:

  • Find health resources to help you achieve your New Year's goals.
  • Protect yourself from injury or disease by wearing a helmet, sunscreen, or insect repellent when necessary.
  • Make an appointment for a check-up, vaccination, or screening. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Join a city recreational center or a private fitness center. 

On setting your own goals:

  • Be realistic. 
  • Don’t give up on resolutions. Even if you have a resolution abandoned in previous years just readjust the type and goals for yourself.
  • Any resolution must go hand and hand with your own ideas, wishes, and desires. Remember, a resolution is all personal.
  • All resolutions must be control by you and you only. Resolutions beyond your control are often a recipe for failure.
  • Don’t make too many resolutions. Pick only those that, with time and motivation, you can complete.

Physical Activity and Obesity

Physical activity provides long-term health benefits for everyone! By being active, you will burn calories that you store from eating throughout the day and—it can be as easy as walking the dog or as rigorous as running a marathon. Providing opportunities for children to be active early on puts them on a path to better physical and mental health. It's never too late to jumpstart a healthy lifestyle.

Physical activity, along with proper nutrition, is beneficial to people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. And it is important that everyone gets active: over the last 20 years, there's been a significant increase in obesity in the United States. About one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents (aged 2-19 years) are obese.

The Impact of Physical Activity on Your Health

Regular physical activity can produce long-term health benefits. It can help: (Insert Photo)   

  • Prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke (the three leading health-related causes of death
  • Control weight
  • Make your muscles stronger
  • Reduce fat
  • Promote strong bone, muscle, and joint development
  • Condition heart and lungs
  • Build overall strength and endurance
  • Improve sleep
  • Decrease potential of becoming depressed
  • Increase your energy and self-esteem
  • Relieve stress
  • Increase your chances of living longer

When you are not physically active, you are more at risk for:

  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer

Helpful Links:
New Year's Resolutions  
Skin Cancer Awareness: Protect Your Skin
Insect Repellent

Medical Check Ups
Vaccines and Immunizations

Health Tips: Five minutes or less

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Last updated: 10/13/2014 10:03:05 AM