As one year ends and another begins, we tend to reflect on the past and resolve to make changes for the coming year. The New Year offers an opportunity to assess our current health and address any areas that could be improved. Use this time to ensure your quality of life by focusing on the most important aspect—your health.
An annual exam can detect hidden problems early, such as the beginning of adult onset diabetes, elevated blood pressure or cholesterol or weight issues. During an exam, discuss any new aches or pains, new medications and any concerns you may have with your physician.
- Make a doctor’s appointment for check-ups, screenings and vaccinations.
- Make healthy food choices. Prepare more of your own meals.
- Be active. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Quit smoking.
- Get a good night’s sleep. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommends at least 7-8 hours for adults.
When making your New Year’s resolutions, remember to set realistic goals that fit your lifestyle. This way, you can achieve them throughout the year.
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