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How to have a healthy new year

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Time to start off fresh in 2021 by focusing on your physical health. A new year means new opportunities, goals and the chance to start over. Maybe your health got away from you in 2021, or you simply interested in focusing on being your best self. Either way, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shares various tips on how to start the new year off right by being a new healthy you!  


Here are the 9 helpful tips from the CDC on how to create a healthier you this year:  


Eat a nutritious diet  


Create a healthier diet for you and your family. Introduce new fruits and vegetables during your meals each day. Focus on getting ample amounts of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy products into your diet this new year.  


Be active  


Many of us have found our screen time increasing and our physical activity going down. Try to get at least 150 minutes of moderate activity every week. Want to build those muscles? Try to start with at least two strength workouts a week, too.  


Switch to water 


Try to buy less pop and other sugary drinks at the grocery store and instead try drinking more water. This will help reduce calories and help you stay hydrated throughout your day!  


Sleep is important 


Adults need around seven or more hours of sleep each night to function properly throughout the day. If you have a hard time falling asleep early to get those seven hours a night, try powering down your phone, read a book or do other relaxing things before you go to bed.  


Say no to tobacco 


This could be your year to break that tobacco habit. The CDC offers resources for those who need support for trying to quit at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.  


Be safe in the sun 


Make sure to wear layers to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays—even in the winter. Not only should you layer up, but you should make sure to wear at least SPF 15 whenever you are in the sun.  


Always brush your teeth  


Dental health matters, too. Brush your teeth at least twice a day to keep them sparkling clean and healthy!  


Go get those checkups 


Schedule your routine doctors' checkups and be sure you keep up with preventative services, such as cancer and diabetes screenings.  


Know more about your health history 


Take time to learn more about your health history. Ask your family and doctor about the history of your family’s health.  


The CDC along with other resources online will help you and your family start off the new year healthier than ever! Make this year a year to focus on your well-being and positive attitude while staying safe.  

*The information in this article was compiled from a variety of sources and is intended to provide helpful tips only.