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Martha Jefferson Healthwise: New Year's Health

Jan. 1, 2014

With a new year, often comes New Year's resolutions. If yours is to get healthier, folks at Martha Jefferson Health and Wellness Services have a few suggestions to help you succeed in 2014.

"Making resolutions at the beginning of a new year is a wonderful opportunity to step back and look at your health and how you can get to a better place by the next year but the problem is that people make too lofty goals for themselves and they set themselves up for failure instead of success," said Cathy Reece, Manager, Martha Jefferson Health & Wellness Services.

Reece says it is possible to get healthy. You just need to start with some small changes to your lifestyle.

"Just exercise. Just start moving. It doesn't have to be that you join a gym. It's great if you do. You make that investment and you commit to doing it but its more just start moving. Park as far away from entrances as you can. Take the stairs whenever possible," said Reece.

Also, adjust your eating habits. For example, pay attention to your portions, add more fruit and veggies to your diet and consume fewer alcoholic beverages.

Reece says cutting tobacco products is also a step in the right direction.

"If you smoke or use tobacco products you are exacting a huge toll on your health that may not manifest itself right away but certainly will down the road," said Reece.

In addition to improving your physical health, Reece says it's important to remember your mental health.

"I think that’s extremely important in our face-paced world. Take time for yourself. Don't sweat the small. Take a class in yoga. Learn to meditate," said Reece.

She says making just a few small changes each day and could result in a much healthier 2014 for you and your family.

"It doesn't have to be a Herculean effort. It can be these little steps that eventually take you to where you need to go," said Reece.

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