Making a New Year's resolution you can keep
NEWMARKET – Holiday festivities have come and gone and at a time of year when many are frustrated with the few extra pounds they may have gained, nutritionists with York Region Health Services encourage residents to kick off 2006 with a 'new' New Year's resolution. Resolutions to lose weight are popular, but often result in failure. Rather than focussing on the number on the scale, make a resolution to focus on improving your eating and activity habits.
Many people attempt dieting every January, however, 75 percent of those who that start diets fall off them in less than one year. In addition, most regain all the weight they lost and sometimes more. Attempting drastic measures, such as strict dieting to lose weight is not healthy, nor is it effective in the long-term. Simple measures such as making small changes to your eating and activity habits will likely make for a more enduring New Year's resolution.
Some simple resolution ideas include:
• Eat at least one or two more servings of vegetables and fruits every day
• Start your day with a healthy breakfast that includes at least three of the four food groups
• Make an effort to walk an extra 10-20 minutes a day
• Purchase healthier snacks for you and your family
• Take some time from your busy schedule to plan your meals and snacks ahead of time and make a grocery list based on your plan
Making small changes to your habits can result in large benefits to your health. And making these changes over a longer period of time will increase your chances of success. But most importantly, remember to choose a New Year's resolution that is realistic for you.
To assist York Region residents in adopting a healthier lifestyle, York Region Health Services, Nutrition Services offers the Healthy Measures program. This program focuses on eating well, being active and having a positive self-esteem. It provides consumers with materials to help them assess their own attitudes and health behaviours, and build an action-plan toward better health.
For more information on healthy eating, Healthy Measures campaign materials or other health-related questions, contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or visit www.york.ca
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Media Contact Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, York Region Health Services
905-830-4444 Ext. 4016 or after-hours pager (905) 830-3302