While much of our nation's focus is on healthcare and insurance, the real root of the crisis is not getting enough attention. By and large, Americans are unhealthy. Most of us are overweight, overworked, overstressed and over-medicated. That's the bad news. The good news is it's all fixable. It's just up to us, as individuals, to make the changes that will allow us to be healthier and lead more productive, happier lives. Yes, some medical issues and conditions are unfortunately hereditary and random facts of mortality; but a healthy lifestyle is absolutely, 100%, a choice.
Health.com compiled a comprehensive Top Ten list of simple, healthy resolutions for the New Year. Here are their recommendations in short. I urge you to read the full article (link is below) and to share it with loved ones. Your lives depend on it.
- Lose weight
- Stay in touch with friends, family
- Quit smoking (Natural and Electronic)
- Save money
- Cut your stress (there are ways!)
- Go back to school (or continue to educate your mind)
- Cut back on alcohol
- Get more sleep (Everyone wants more...you just have to make it a priority. Remember the hours you keep is a CHOICE.)
Stay Informed. Stay Positive. Stay Healthy.
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