(KTSF by Jo Wan)
As the busy holiday season comes to a close, many Californians are making New Year’s resolutions. Here’s a few of them: One student said ” I want to study hard, spend more time with my family and get more sleep.” A woman with osteoarthritis said “I want to exercise more.”
Some people said they don’t make New Year’s resolutions. A retiree said,”I don’t have one. How about keep everything the same, because it was good before?” “Things so good, it’s not really I want or need.”
The top New Year’s resolution every year is to lose weight and get into shape. However, for many people it’s probably not the first time this was a goal. One man said, “I would say 95% of the time, it’s hard to reach the goal. Most people make a resolution, like quit smoking. You know they go back to it again. I know a guy got triple bypass and still went back to smoke.”
Despite the odds, the California Department of Public Health says getting into shape can be done. It recommends six simple steps that will make for a healthier 2012.
1. Ditch the butts (and save major bucks!) 2. Know your numbers; this includes your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and healthy weight.
3. Eat like a champion; eat more grain, fruit and vegetables.
4. Get physical; moderate physical activity, even in 10-minute increments three times a day.
5. Respect your health; prevention really is the best medicine.
6. Be prepared; in California, it is critical to make sure that you and your family are prepared for a disaster before it strikes.
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New Year’s resolutions
(KTSF by Jo Wan)