Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

January 6th, 2016 · No Comments

“It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.” (Chinese proverb)

“How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.”  (Benjamin Franklin)


The beginning of a new year is a great time to reflect on our current health-related habits, and make plans to improve. There is no better time to improve than now!

Here are a few tips to help you get started with a healthier new year:

1. Identify one of your health-related habits that needs improvement–(for example, to quit smoking, or to be more physically active)

2. Reflect on your past experiences in changing that behavior.  What worked?  What didn’t work?

3. Make a plan, focusing on actions that are most likely to help you succeed in making significant and sustained change over time.  Commit to keep with that plan, one day at a time.

4. Reassess progress, preferably with a friend or family member, and pat yourself on the back for progress you make.  Adjust your plans, as needed, to overcome barriers you encounter along the way.

For additional resources to help with healthy lifestyle habits, consider the following resources:

  • http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle
  • http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/GettingHealthy_UCM_001078_SubHomePage.jsp

Have a happy and healthy new year!

The Healthy Living Rochester Team

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