A New Year, A New You

  The start of a new year is often the time for people to begin thinking about ways to improve their lives. A new year is a fresh start and provides the psychological boost needed to set and meet your goals. Many people would benefit by making a few changes to improve their fitness level, diet, weight or general well-being. One or two small changes can make a difference in a person’s health. Health screenings can save lives. Early detection for diseases, such as colon, breast and cervical cancer can improve prognosis dramatically. Screenings to test for diseases, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease should also all be considered. The type of screening needed is based on your age, gender and risk factors for certain conditions. Talk with your doctor to determine what is recommended and make this the year to get screened. Fiber rich foods, such as oatmeal, leafy green vegetables and beans help you feel full longer, decreases the risk of colon cancer and helps keep things moving through the digestive system. Increasing calcium in your diet can help prevent osteoporosis. Good sources of calcium include yogurt, milk, bok choy, broccoli and baked beans. Most people know that exercise can improve your health, but they may not know just how beneficial it can be. Exercise can help lower blood pressure and raise levels of good cholesterol in the body. It can also improve circulation and cut the risk of medical conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes. Participate in exercises you enjoy, set short-term goals and rewards, and exercise with a buddy or group...