Healthier New You in 2013
American Cancer Society offers tips on keeping your New Year's resolutions
New York, NY – (January 1, 2013) Lose weight, eat less junk food, exercise regularly, quit smoking-- they top many lists of New Year's resolutions. Year after year we make these promises but sticking with those good intentions is not always easy. The key is to set your sights on realistic goals. The American Cancer Society has some tips to help your 2013 get off to a fresh healthy start.
Don't focus on dieting. Focus on eating. If you're hungry, you're more likely to overeat. Instead of sacrificing all day and gorging later, it's better to eat enough during the day to avoid hunger and uncontrolled eating. Make healthy choices and a commitment to eat fruits and vegetables every day. Eating well and remaining active can lower the risk for conditions like obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. Check out cancer.org/healthy for more tips.
Exercise. Adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity each week (or a combination of these), preferably spread throughout the week. This averages anywhere from 10 to 22 minutes a day. For more on physical activity go to cancer.org/healthy.
Sleep.Getting a good night’s sleep gives you a better outlook on life and refreshes you. Take a look at what you can do to get better sleep.
If you smoke, quit. There is nothing good about it. Get some guidance about why it is you smoke to figure out how best to stop doing it. The benefits of a smoke-free lifestyle include improved overall health, economic benefits, and protecting loved ones from harmful secondhand smoke. Find quit tips at cancer.org/smokeout.
Regular health screenings. Staying on top of your screenings can help find cancer early, when it’s easiest to treat. Not sure what you need to have done or how often? Go to cancer.org/guidelines for the American Cancer Society’s screening guide.
The start of a new year is the perfect time to turn a new page and take control of your health. Remember there will always be an event to attend so party with a plan and keep your commitments to healthy habits while you are on the go. To learn more about the American Cancer Society or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.