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Do What It Takes To Be Healthy In The New Year

Lose weight. Quit smoking. Exercise more. While these are popular resolutions for many people in the new year, they are not the only ways to achieve better health.

Having a goal to change a specific behavior is vital, but a choice to get healthy and stay healthy is important for everyone. The key is to understand what healthy means for you.

Our world today is full of many things that claim to make us healthy. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and confused by gluten-free and organic food choices, intensive exercise programs, unrealistic social media photos and restaurants catering to different eating styles.

Making good decisions for yourself and your loved ones is the first step to living a healthy lifestyle.

Being healthy isn’t a fad or trend. Instead, it’s a lifestyle -- and the rules are different for everyone. The root of being healthy is about being well; focusing on taking care of yourself and doing things that keep you feeling your best. It’s not just about the physical aspects like eating better and exercising. It’s about all aspects of your health: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. This means understanding yourself, your needs and how to respond to them in balance.

Realize that good health takes more than diet and exercise.

It takes a trusted partnership with a primary care provider. By getting to know you, your habits and your history, a primary care provider can help you develop an individualized plan to live a healthy and well life. He or she can perform regular check-ups, immunizations and preventive screenings, and if you have a specific health concern that requires specialized care, your primary care provider can connect you with a specialist who has the expertise you need. Think of your primary care provider as your partner in wellness.

Schedule Your Annual Health Screening Visit

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fewer than one third of adults, ages 50-64, are up-to-date with important preventive services. These visits not only can give you peace of mind, but also can catch issues in early, more treatable stages, which may mean less invasive therapy and impact on your quality of life.

Take the Time To Know

Avoid the “what I don’t know can’t hurt me” approach when it comes to your health. Break the cycle of postponing your doctor visits and checkups and put your health first this year.

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