a Healthy Approach
to 2002 Resolutions
By Thurston Hatcher, CNN
you resolve to stay healthy in 2002, you might want to resolve,
first and foremost, to stick to your resolutions.
The key to
accomplishing that, experts say, is to set specific, manageable,
measurable goals for yourself as you lay out your New Year's agenda.
are fine -- losing weight, say, eating better, or exercising more
-- but you might have more success if they're accompanied by what
New York dietitian Lisa Drayer calls "mini-goals."
might include cutting your food portions in half if you want to
drop some pounds, or walking for 20 minutes, three times a week,
if you want to up your exercising.
more realistic and they're more achievable and more likely to
lead you in the direction of achieving your larger goal," says
Drayer, who serves as "e-counseling" program director for DietWatch.com.
resolutions to consider for 2002:
- Eat more whole-grain foods
- Eat more low-fat foods
- Count your calories
- Get a health screening
- Start an exercise routine
- Reduce stress
- Quit smoking
with overly ambitious goals is they may take time to achieve,
and some folks may get discouraged without some early, tangible
to keeping your grand ambitions somewhat in check, try not to
take on too many resolutions at once, Drayer says.
try to take it a few at a time. What I recommend is never starting
more than one new mini-goal each week," she says.
So if one
of your big New Year's resolutions is to eat better in 2002, Drayer
suggests these mini-goals to go with it: 1) Eat two more fruits
and vegetables each day; 2) Avoid all fried foods; 3) drink more
some other health-related resolutions, big and small, to consider
for the new year, courtesy of Drayer, the American Heart Association
and the American Medical Association:
whole-grain foods such as oatmeal, rice and whole-grain bread
-- Seek low-fat
or nonfat dairy products
-- Seek lower-fat
sources of protein, including skinless poultry, fish and lean
meat, and limit the serving size to 4 ounces.
-- If you're
trying to lose weight, make sure the number of calories you take
in is less than what you burn. To help you keep track, maintain
records of what you eat.
-- Get an
age-appropriate health screening. Women should talk to their doctor
about cholesterol tests, mammograms, Pap smears, colorectal exams
and more. Men under 40 need a physical at least every four years,
and after 40 they need annual screenings for colon, rectal and
-- Seek ways
to manage stress. Even a five-minute break can help relieve stress,
the AMA says.