10 Steps to a Healthier New Year

The new year is a great opportunity to resolve to make some healthy changes.

Want to live healthier this coming year, but wondering how to go about doing so? Here are 10 steps you can take:

1. Exercise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults get at least two and a half hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise every week, as well as doing muscle-strengthening exercise at least two days each week.

2. Snack smart. Instead of snacking on chips or candy, look to fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and other healthy foods to help curb your appetite and boost your intake of important nutrients.

3. Sleep more. The average adult needs between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night, but many people don't get nearly that much. If you're one of them, back up your bedtime in order to get more.

4. Floss daily. A toothbrush alone can't keep teeth healthy. It's important to floss  properly each day.

5. Eat more veggies. Fruits and vegetables should fill at least half your plate at each meal. Most people don't eat enough vegetables and would benefit by eating more.

6. Wash your hands. Properly washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to kill germs and avoid cold and flu.

7. Choose beverages wisely. While water can help your body function in a healthy fashion, drinks packed with alcohol, caffeine and/or sugar can do the opposite.

8. Practice moderation and portion control. While strict diets that leave you feeling deprived can often backfire, practicing moderation and paying attention to portion control is a good way to see how just about any food has a place in a healthy diet.

9. Eat fish at least twice each week. The American Heart Association advises eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon or mackerel, at least twice a week to boost heart health.

10. See your doctor. Make appointments for annual checkups and well visits to help make sure you stay healthy.

To learn more about healthy living, talk with your doctor. Need to find one? Use our online Find a Physician service or call us at 855-880-4625.

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