AMA Offers Health Recommendations for Successful New Year’s Resolutions

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With the new year quickly approaching, the American Medical Association (AMA) is offering recommendations to help Americans make the most impactful, long-lasting improvements to their health in 2019. “This is the perfect time of year for each of us to consider our personal goals, and how we can make positive health choices in the coming year,” said AMA President Barbara L. McAneny, M.D. “We encourage everyone to prioritize their long-term health by making small lifestyle changes now that can have a lasting effect in improving their health.” The AMA’s recommendations for a healthier new year, include the following:

Be more physically activeadults should do at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity activity.

Know your blood pressure numbersvisit to better understand your numbers and take necessary steps to get your high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, under control. Doing so will reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke.
Reduce your intake of processed foods, especially those with added sodium and sugaralso reduce your consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and drink more water instead.

Talk with your doctor about tobacco and nicotine use and quitdeclare your home and car smoke-free to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke.

Manage stressa good diet and daily exercise are key ingredients  to maintaining and improving your mental health, but don’t hesitate to ask for help from a friend or mental health professional when you need it. 

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