2017 is right around the corner and for most of us, new year’s resolutions result in one or two weeks of full commitment and strong enthusiasm. Then mid-January hits, the champagne flutes are put back on the shelf and you may start to skip a day at the gym or sneak a drink in after work. You’re not alone – in fact, research shows that nearly a quarter of us break our resolutions by the first week of January, and almost half of us by the end of the month. This year, PHSA has you covered. Follow our six easy tips to get your new year off to a happy, healthy start:
- Quit smoking.
Did you know that lung cancer kills more people each year than AIDS, liver cancer, or ovarian cancer? And that lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in North America? Even smokeless tobacco products and second-hand smoke have dangerous health effects. Quitting smoking decreases not only your risk of cancer but also of heart attack, stroke, and coronary heart disease. Learn more about tobacco. If you or someone you know needs help to quit smoking, visit QuitNow.ca.
- Drink less (alcohol, that is).
Alcohol has many health effects that some aren’t aware of. Even light drinking – up to one drink per day – is associated with an increased risk of breast, oral and esophageal cancers. And mamas to be should abstain from alcohol altogether, as there is no known safe level of alcohol consumption for women in pregnancy. Up your water or juice intake instead, or sip on a mocktail if you’re looking for something to hold at a party. Check out more tips from BC Cancer Agency on alcohol and cancer risk.
- Eat healthy.
Good nutrition is not only essential to healthy living and growth, but it also helps to keep you free of many diseases. Making better choices for your plate is beneficial for your body and mind. Use Canada’s Food Guide to help plan your meals. Eat the rainbow and try a variety of foods and recipes.
- Get moving.
Start by working in an extra 30 minutes of physical activity every day. Research shows that active kids continue their exercise habits into adulthood. Visit these websites for ideas: BC’s Physical Activity Line or WalkBC.ca.
- Improve your mental health.
It’s important to take time for your mental health as well as your physical health. If you or someone you know needs help or support, call 1-800-784-2433. Check out resources for anxiety and mindfulness for the kids in your life by visiting Kelty Mental Health.
- Live your healthiest life and pass it on by becoming an organ donor.
Pass on your healthy legacy by becoming an organ donor and registering your decision online at transplant.bc.ca.
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