Jan 03, 2013 • By

5 tips for a healthier you in 2013

With the whirlwind of the holiday season behind us, many cultures around the world have traditions to start in the New Year. In the U.S., many of us start with resolutions to create healthy habits and set new goals.

The most popular New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, eating right, spending more time with family, managing finances, getting organized and volunteering.

“Around this time of year, I’m often asked by people how they can improve their health,” says Dr. Julia Halberg, General Mills’ chief medical officer.  “You may want to consider the following ideas to enhance a heathy lifestyle.”

1) Be clear and specific

Tangible goals such as, “I’m going lose 10 pounds by Memorial Day” or “I’m going to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables every day” are actionable and make it easier to reach your goal.

2) Be kind to yourself

Celebrate your successes no matter how small. Choose to focus on your accomplishments and work to increase healthy activities.

3) Know your numbers

The saying, “What you don’t know can’t hurt you” certainly can when it comes to health. Knowing your numbers, such your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol values, can help you take action to create a healthier future.

4) Don’t be afraid to try something new

If your goal is to exercise four times a week, start slow and consider enrolling in a fitness class. Trying something new can be fun and help you be successful in your plan to improve your health.

5) Build your team

Tell your family and friends about your new goals. Their support will help you stay on track.