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The Healthiest New Year’s Resolutions

by kelly / January, 9 2019 01:30

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It’s the time again where we try to do and be better. It’s New Year’s resolution time and if you’re looking for a few, we’ve got some inspiration from the American Medical Association (AMA). Each year the AMA publishes their list of recommendations. Since we love us some health & wellness over here at Block Island Organics we thought it would be a good idea to share them. Also, isn’t it generally pretty good to take a doctor’s advice?

My advice is don’t try to tackle all of them at once (well you can if you want). After all, the experts always say shoot for attainable goals not the kitchen sink when it comes to resolutions…

1. Be Active

A version of this is probably on most people’s list. Why? It’s really good for us to stay active. The AMA recommends that adults should do at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity activity. So get moving!

2. Eat Less Processed Food

Again I’m sure some form of eating better or healthier is common resolution. I thought this was a unique point because the AMA is specifically saying to eat less processed food especially those with added sodium and sugar. One easy way to cut back is to drink more water and less sugar-sweetened beverages. I’ve also heard things like shop the outer aisles of the grocery store or avoid food that comes in packages.

3. Manage Stress

Exercising regularly and eating well are key components to maintaining and improving mental health. As far as stress, AMA suggests asking for help from a friend or mental health professional when you need it. A helping hand or a kind ear can do a lot.

4. Get Screened for Type 2 Diabetes

Actually, I need to be on top of this because I have a family history of diabetes. One thing you can do is check out the sit DoIHavePrediabetes.org to take a self-screening test. Early steps are great because they can help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

5. Understand Your Blood Pressure

Numbers I’ll admit this is something I don’t understand but I’m going to this year. High blood pressure also known as hypertension can increase a person’s risk for a heart attack or stroke. A site called LowerYourHBP.org can help us all better understand our numbers. Of course, visit your doctor to find out what your blood pressure actually is.

6. Consume Alcohol in Moderation

When it comes to alcohol the AMA recommends following the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans which is up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men—and only by adults of legal drinking age.

7. Consult With Your Doctor About Tobacco and Nicotine Use and Quit

Maybe 2019 is the year your home and car become a smoke-free zone. Not only will this help you but it will also help eliminate secondhand smoke exposure for your friends and family.

8. Get Your Vaccines

The AMA suggests ensuring that you and your family is up-to-date on vaccines – this includes getting the annual flu vaccine for everyone age six months or older. So check with your doc to see what you need.

A Healthy You

2019 is a great time to be active, eat well and live healthy. So if you’re not already, I know I have a few things to work on, why not pick a few to start today and a few more in a month or tow. And actually those sound like wonderful things every year.

For even more healthy living tips check out our Healthy Living blog series.

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