From the Stamford Hospital Nutrition Newsletter (yes, I'm fortunate enough to work at a health-centered hospital. Not many can say the same):
"We tend to give up on resolutions that are too overwhelming or time-consuming. Try setting a few do-able goals to put health and wellness first this year:
Spend time with loved ones. Research shows that when couples spend just 10 minutes holding hands, the hormone oxytocin rises, which has a soothing antioxidant effect that helps decrease blood pressure. Other studies show that spending time with pets is just as beneficial in raising oxytocin levels--hugs from friends and family count too.
Get organized. If you didn’t wear it in the past year, get rid of it! Or, make a goal to empty out junk drawers or clean out the garage. Plan times for these projects and write them down on the calendar. Bonus: Light cleaning burns 170 calories an hour.
Schedule an annual physical and/or mammogram. Put your health first this year by making an appointment for a physical exam as suggested by your primary care physician. Women over age 40 should make an appointment to talk with their doctor about whether or not they nee for a yearly mammogram and have a yearly clinical breast exam in addition to performing monthly self breast exams.
Move more. Make an effort to take the stairs instead of the elevator, get up and talk to a co-worker rather than send an email, or park further away from store entrances to increase the steps you take on a daily basis. Research shows that three 10-minute bouts of brisk walking are as effective in decreasing body fat as one 30-minute walk.
Make half of your grains whole. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend substituting a whole grain product for a refined-grain product by looking for a whole-grain ingredient first on the list. Look for “whole wheat,” “brown rice,” “bulgur,” “buckwheat,” “oatmeal,” “whole-grain cornmeal,” “whole oats,” “whole rye,” or “wild rice.” For a quick switch, try natural popcorn instead of potato chips or brown rice instead of white."
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