Healthy choices: What ONE thing will you do differently this year?

Yes, this is a New Year’s Resolution article. And yes, many people make resolutions about healthy choices that they don’t keep. But your health is more important than a fad diet or weight-loss gimmick.

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Research health information from sources you trust and choose ONE thing you want to change to improve your health. Whether you are reading this in early January or much later in the year, it is always a good time to make healthier choices.

What ONE thing will you change when you make healthier choices this year?

SHARE your goal in the comments (and read what ONE thing other people are changing in 2016, too!).

You might already know what you need to do. Maybe your doctor has advised a positive change for your health, or you have been researching health information on your own. Or you could choose something from Life’s Simple 7 from the American Heart Association:

  •  Get Active
  •  Control Cholesterol
  • Eat Better
  • Manage Blood Pressure
  • Lose Weight
  • Reduce Blood Sugar
  • Stop Smoking

My Life Check® was designed by the American Heart Association with the goal of improved health by educating the public on how best to live. Take small steps toward a healthier life by getting your free heart score and custom plan today.

 Make healthy choices for the family

Kansas Action for Children is making it easier for families with young children to make healthier choices. The Think Big! Start Small. campaign builds on the momentum of the organization’s Pass on Pop: Soda-free Sundays initiative, through which more than 3,000 individuals and organizations across the state pledged to skip sweet drinks, like soda, each Sunday in 2014.
Thing Big! Start Small. focuses on four key messages for young children:

  • Better Beverages: Beverages play a big role in children’s health. Choosing better beverages—like water or low-fat milk—is best for healthy development.
  • Unplug Under 2: Screentime interferes with healthy brain development. Limit screentime to less than two hours for kids two and older.
  • Breastfeeding Benefits: Breastfeeding has many benefits. It reduces infants’ risk of infection and disease and lowers moms’ risk of health problems, like diabetes.
  • Right Rewards: Teach kids healthy habits. Don’t reward good behavior with unhealthy foods and don’t use physical activity as a form of punishment.

Visit www.thinkbigstartsmallks.com for more information.

Use the library to make healthy choices

Commit to making a positive change in your health in 2016. The local library is a great place to start making progress on your healthy goal. Libraries help people learn new things, research possibilities and make life changes every day.

The resources in the Health Information Neighborhood are designed to help support you as you improve your health — including a LifeClinic station for monitoring your blood pressure and pulse, and a digital scale for monitoring your weight and BMI. Use your library card to check out:

  • exercise DVDs
  • strength training and nutrition books
  • recipes for specialized diets
  • fitness kits including jump ropes and kettlebells
  • popular entertainment movies to watch on the treadmill

Health Information Librarian Lissa Staley is available to assist your research – email estaley@tscpl.org or call 785-580-4629 to make an appointment.

Image credit: adapted from Flickr user atache

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo writer, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld and My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul.

  • For 2012, the one thing I will do differently for my health is to choose to drink water instead of cherry coke zero. This will decrease my caffeine and aspartame intake, and will hopefully lead to other healthy choices too!

  • Bill Ludwig

    My 2012 ONE thing is to start a daily yoga and exercise routine and stick with it.

  • Janae Staley

    Cook meals that don’t destroy our cholesterol? It’s something I meant to start a month or two ago that didn’t quite take off….we’ll see…. 😉

  • Susan Schafer

    The one thing I will do differently in 2012 is take the stairs instead of the elevator.

  • Erin Seeger

    For 2012, I will try to run most days.

  • Carrie

    In 2012 I want to cook regular meals at home that are healthy and then we will spend more time together as a bonus.

  • Tricia

    I am going to cut back on sugar and increase my fruit and veggies.

  • Ruthie Rodden

    I am going to de-clutter my home and my office. All the clutter is stressful and unproductive. This will give me more time to do productive work. At home this will give me more time to quilt, walk, and run, things that I really want to do!

  • Nancy

    Oh to just pick one! Strive to intake less that 15 gs of sugar a day.

  • Lynn Shirley

    I will continue to do everything that has helped my A1C (blood sugar readings) go from a high of 11.8 to the present 5.7, I will also work to bring my Cholesterol into heatly numbers.

  • Alex Cummings

    I’d like to continue reducing sugar intake. I’ve done ok so far, but I could probably make more strides. I’d also really like to get back in the habit of flossing and mouthwash at night.

  • Linda Lucero

    I need to increase my servings of fruit from one to at least 2/day.

  • Rob Ramcharan

    I’m going to quit letting stuff like this bother me, even when it happens in our town. http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/cityhall/DROP-participants-will-retire-and-return.html

  • Theresa Hrabusicky Alred

    Eat better. More fish, less fried foods. More veggies and fruits.

  • Angie Foltz

    I am going to get up a half hour early each day so I will have time to eat a HEALTHY breakfast!

  • Sherry

    My husband told me that he’d bought memberships to the YMCA yesterday. That’s memberships plural, which means he’ll be expecting me to do something with mine.

  • Ross Merritt

    SUGAR SUGAR SUGAR! My resolution is to not buy sweets when I’m grocery shopping. I will allow myself to indulge at other people’s homes, etc, but not in my own house.

    This should be doable right? Baby Steps 🙂

  • I am going to try to be more active in helping people get healthy. So my ONE thing is to begin to write a blog about my own journey to get healthy and fit. Hopefully it will help and inspire others to do the same.

  • Lissa

    My healthier choice is to stop reading on my phone at bedtime when I should be sleeping — (and then be able to wake up earlier to exercise in the morning.)