Tips to keep your health resolutions on track in 2024
New year’s resolutions don’t have to be stressful. Tap the arrows below to see tips from our health experts to keep you and your family healthy and safe this year.
Exercising in small bits is better than not at all. “It'd be much better if I did 20 jumping jacks every time I took a bathroom break, for example, rather than waiting until time for a longer session somehow magically appears.”
- Nathan Shaw, MD
When considering weight loss goals, remember that just a 10% decrease in weight can lead to a 50% improvement in bladder leakage symptoms.
- Annah Vollstedt, MD
When fats are needed for cooking, spreads, or dips, avoid butter. Instead, use oils that are relatively high in monounsaturated fat, like canola or olive oil, or polyunsaturated fat, such as safflower, walnut, soybean, or corn oil.
- Byron Vandenberg, MD
Just get started. If you are not exercising at all right now, just doing anything is a nice start. The key then becomes making it a habit.
- Michael Shaffer, PT, MSPT, OCS, ATC
Be mindful about keeping medications locked up and out of reach of children.
- Josh Trebach, MD
Getting 8-9 hours of sleep per night is important. Try drinking 100% tart cherry juice before bedtime for a natural source of melatonin.
- Debra Herold, MSN, BA, RN, NEA-BC , Associate Director of Nursing
If a pregnancy is in your future, be sure to take folic acid three months prior to conception to help reduce the risk of brain and spinal birth defects.
- Sarah Jones, CNM, ARNP, MSN, NP-C
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