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Dec 29, 2016

What’s Your Healthy New Year’s Resolution?

Committing to acts of self improvement or making resolutions is a common tradition that many undertake to start a new year. It’s commonly cited that only eight percent of people actually keep to the resolutions. Primarily because the goals they set involve drastic or sudden changes and in some cases completely unrealistic. The general concept, though, of improving one’s self is a worthwhile initiative whether it commences on January first or June thirteenth. So, in tonight’s Healthy Living we share a short list of health goals you can make for the New Year.

 

Marleni Cuellar, Reporting

2017 is quickly approaching. Now, before you scoff at the tradition of making a New Year resolution, you could consider the benefits of setting positive goals for yourself; especially if those goals will lead to a healthier you. As Internist, Dr Fernando Cuellar, points out resolving to be healthier should be the ultimate lifetime goal.

 

Fernando Cuellar

Dr. Fernando Cuellar, Internist/Intensivist

“It’s a lifetime goal, only because it’s the end of the year and a new year is approaching us. But I think the first thing we should think about is trying to achieve a more healthier lifestyle and I would like to have that as one category. Healthier lifestyle meaning eating healthier and exercising. Eat more fruits, more vegetables, less starches, less processed food, less of the fried chicken and exercise regularly. You don’t need to become a Simone Biles, just at least as you get in thirty minutes of exercise three times a week be it walking or running.”

 

Focusing on smarter food choices and smaller food portions are a good start. Healthy eating also reduces your risk of developing the common chronic conditions.

 

Dr. Fernando Cuellar

“Us, Belizeans, and the world on  a whole, be it diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol are all directly linked to healthy eating and exercising.”

 

Second Health Resolution is committing to an annual general medical checkup. Cuellar insists that there’s no good excuse why you shouldn’t.

 

Dr. Fernando Cuellar

“At least go and get your check up once a year. It could be at your local – round the corner health center. Get your blood pressure taken, your sugar taken; it goes a long way in helping to identify things before they happen. Not because people feel fine means everything is fine. I think they’re just lazy not to go in and take off a half day and do the thing. Alongside that comment “if I feel fine nothing is wrong with me” is also the “I have to dead from something” that I think is a very selfish way of seeing things. You are only thinking about yourself, when people get it’s not just the person that is affected but the whole family. You have a heart attack, a stroke, it’s not just you going through this whole thing it’s also your family when you look at the inconvenience and the economic burden is a hell of a thing. For an adult, out of pocket, it’s about two hundred dollars but it’s a two hundred a year investment in your health and I do think that the public health care system do cover also most of it so it is not a reason. Maybe its inconvenient going to public clinic and waiting a little longer but they are available and should be utilized. All these alcohol related issues, be it violent crimes, stabbing and fighting and quarreling and chopping and of course the motor vehicle accidents that are all linked t alcohol abuse. There is no problem with using alcohol but it’s the abuse that is the problem. I mean you can take a couple glass of wine, run, whiskey whatever, you have to know to have a limit. We see the addiction part a lot of. We see our numbers going up higher over the years in the use and abuse of alcohol. It is one of the biggest challenges to families and to the society on a whole.”

 

Remember to keep even your health goals S-M-A-R-T: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Based. Shifting to a healthier you is rarely done overnight but continues with consistent decisions and behaviors every single day – not just on January first.

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