Spotlight on Health – January
Fitting into that little black dress, starting a more exciting career, saying “no” to cigarettes and managing your pocketbook better are just a few of the many New Year’s resolutions that Americans vow to keep each year. Most resolutions are made with good intentions but are often broken after encountering temptation. Regardless of how your New Year’s resolutions normally turn out, with a little planning and focus 2012 can be your year to shine.
Almost half of American adults make at least one resolution, but less than half of these will make it after six months. But there’s good news: research shows that people who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to reach their goals as people who don’t make any.
Instead of setting yourself up for failure this year, try making resolutions that you can keep to improve your lifestyle. At UAMS, we hope that you succeed in becoming healthier and happier in 2012.
Living Healthy Newsletters
With our newsletters, we want to help you start the New Year off on the right foot. We have plenty of helpful tips and information to help you succeed this year. This month we will give you practical advice on keeping those resolutions. We also are taking some of the most common resolutions and giving you tips on how to succeed in reaching your goals.
Weight loss is something emphasized a lot at the beginning of the year, not only in losing weight during the year but also taking off some of those holiday pounds. We’ll give you practical and helpful advice on losing weight.
In our Living Healthy Newsletters we want to provide plenty of healthy tips and advice for whatever situation or condition you may be facing.
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With the cold, winter weather, we are all looking for warm recipes. It’s the season for soup and chili. At UAMS, we have several healthy alternatives for your winter favorites. Try our black bean chili or chicken soup. What about trying our cream of broccoli soup or vegetarian chili?
Looking for more healthy recipes? Visit our health library, which will provide you with recipes to prepare many full meals that meet most dietary needs. See our library
Stick to Your Weight Loss Plan
One of the most common New Year’s Resolutions made is to lose weight. When the clock hits midnight, most of us are fired up to begin our new eating and exercise changes. And to keep that same motivation, there are some important steps that you can take to help you accomplish your goal. Here are few tips:
- Be realistic – Making unattainable goals too quickly in your weight loss plan can be a recipe for failure. Set small goals, such as avoiding that favorite, high calorie food more often than what you do now.
- Make a “pro” and “con” list – To keep your motivation strong, make a list of the benefits of losing weight and becoming healthy. Look at your list when you feel your resolve wavering and update it often.
- Talk about it – Don’t keep your weight loss resolution a secret. Tell your family and friends, who can support you. Have you thought about starting a blog? A blog is a great way to track your progress, to keep you accountable and to share your trials and victories with others.
Will eating too much candy or too many sugary foods cause cavities? The answer might surprise you. Dr. Susan Long, with the UAMS College of Healthcare Related Professions, says, “Daily brushing and flossing removes bacteria and is key to preventing cavities. Less oral bacteria results in less acid production, which results in fewer cavities.”
Podcast – Here’s to Your Health
Think for a second. Would you know if you or someone else was having a heart attack? Most heart attacks are sudden and intense and some start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Many of the people affected aren’t sure what’s wrong and wait too long before getting help, which is why it’s so important to recognize the warning signs.
Learn more about heart attacks from UAMS’ T. Glenn Pait, M.D., the host of the Here’s to Your Health program.
Want to hear more podcasts? Visit our Here’s to Your Health Archive today!
Claudia Jessup’s life has taken her in many directions. Twenty years ago, she and her husband, Jonathan Richards, moved their young family from New York to Santa Fe, N.M. Jessup, an author, and Richards, a journalist and cartoonist, knew they could relocate their careers cross country with relative ease, while also giving their two daughters a safer and more child-friendly environment in which to grow up.