Be a Healthier You: We're Here to Help with Your New Year Goals

Be a Healthier You: We're Here to Help with Your New Year Goals

Updated September 2020.

Making resolutions is one thing, but sticking to them can be the real challenge. If you want to improve your health in the long-term, you have to be dedicated to making lifestyle changes. Most people stick to their New Year’s goals for the first week, but far fewer stay on target six months later. The good news is that studies have shown that people who get support from a doctor are more likely to succeed. For example, want to quit smoking? If you consult with a physician, you are three times more likely to stop the habit for good.

As we kick off the new year and start fresh, think about your health if you're making a list of goals. If any of these common resolutions appear on your list, it may be a good idea to speak with a health professional to jump-start your healthy lifestyle.

  • Lose weight. Everyone wants to look their best. Get support from a doctor or nutritionist to make lifestyle changes that work for you and support your weight loss plan. Maintaining a healthy body weight can also help reduce many other problems including joint pain, cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
  • Get fit. Sometimes the hardest part about exercising is overcoming other conditions (back pain, diet, asthma) to be able to exercise. A doctor can help you work through your personal health circumstances to determine the best course of action. Remember, even small steps such as walking more often can help boost your fitness. 
  • Manage stress. Stress from work, family, school, and finances can negatively affect your health. Talk to a therapist to get support and learn ways to better manage stress for minimal impact on your health.
  • Quit smoking. Because nicotine is so addicting, it can be hard to quit. Smoking is a significant health hazard for the smoker, friends, and family. A doctor can help you strategize a plan to quit that will work for you.
  • Drink less alcohol. Talk to a health professional about substitutes for cocktails or alcoholic beverages so you can feel your best. 

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