CHICAGO - At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, millions of Americans vow to change their lives in the coming year. Most New Year’s resolutions aim to:
• lose weight,
• exercise more,
• improve nutrition,
• reduce stress,
• cease smoking,
• become financially stable,
• achieve an education goal,
• land a job,
• find the perfect mate.
Some of these goals are attainable; others are beyond control.
“Taking control of your life through healthy habits is a perfect new year’s resolution,” said Dr. Anil Hingorani, MD. “Only you can control your health and set realistic goals for yourself. Then, one day at a time, you’ll see the results.”
As a vascular surgeon and a member of the Chicago-based Society for Vascular Surgery®, Dr. Hingorani has witnessed first-hand the benefits of good health. “I have seen improvements in diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol when patients have entered into a regular routine of exercise and healthy eating. These are among the most common causes of limb loss, stroke, heart attacks, and death.”
Dr. Hingorani suggests adopting a few wellness basics into an overall health routine. These basics include exercise and proper nutrition for the improvement of overall health. Walking is a good place to start. A brisk 30-minute walk every day will fill the doctor’s orders.
In addition, a healthy diet following the US Dept. of Agriculture’s food pyramid includes plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products. Lean meats, poultry, fish, bean, eggs and nuts are also recommended.
To launch a 2011 new year’s resolution, tell a friend. The buddy system is a proven method of staying on track when implementing a wellness program. Tell Facebook friends, too. This is a great way to publicly announce a 2011 self-improvement goal.
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About the Society for Vascular Surgery
The Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) is a not-for-profit professional medical society, composed primarily of vascular surgeons, that seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research, and public awareness. SVS is the national advocate for 3,370 specialty-trained vascular surgeons and other medical professionals who are dedicated to the prevention and cure of vascular disease. Visit its Web site at www.VascularWeb.org
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