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Good Health is the Key to Achieving Your Resolutions

Every year, many people say goodbye to the past year by making goals and resolutions for the new year.

But to reach these resolutions, it’s important to be in good health. You can begin the year on the right foot if you follow these recommendations for a healthier lifestyle.

Stop smoking
Smoking causes premature aging. When you quit smoking you:

  • reduce the risk of heart disease or lung cancer
  • lower your heart rate and blood pressure
  • improve circulation and lung capacity
  • increase the oxygen in your blood
  • stabilize your sense of taste and smell
  • improve your endurance for exercise

Smokefree.gov has resources and tips that can help you stop smoking.

Limit your alcohol intake
Consuming alcoholic beverages can cause serious health issues. When you drink less you:

  • lower your risk of contracting liver and heart disease
  • balance your blood pressure
  • improve your physical fitness
  • feel more active and motivated

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism can help you reduce your alcohol consumption.

Lose weight
Being overweight can affect both your physical and emotional health. Maintaining a healthy weight will help you:

  • control your blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of diabetes or a heart attack
  • reduce tension in your bones and joints, especially your knees
  • increase your air intake during sleep
  • improve your self-esteem

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a detailed guide to help you lose weight.

Stay healthy

  • Have a routine physical to detect any health issues.
  • Remember to get your shots to protect yourself from illnesses like the flu, tetanus or pneumonia.
  • Keep active by following a regular exercise regimen.

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Some resolutions are popular year after year. Find out which ones are on the list and get resources to help achieve them.

Resolution: Lose Weight

Do you want to lose weight in 2012? Since about 70% of adult Americans are overweight or obese, many of us should.

Health experts agree even small weight loss will improve your health if:

  • You are considered obese based on your body mass index (BMI).
  • You are considered overweight based on your BMI and have weight-related health problems or a family history of such problems.
  • You have a waist that measures more than 40 inches if you are a man or more than 35 inches if you are a woman.

We all know that it’s hard to stick to a weight-loss diet that works over the long term. Choose a healthy weight loss plan that’s right for you, and that takes into account your likes and dislikes, and includes a variety of foods that give you enough calories and nutrients for good health.

Picking a plan that fits your lifestyle will make it easier for you to stick with the changes long term.

Resolution: Find a Better Job, Write a Better Resume

Will you be looking for a new job in 2012? Whether you’re unemployed or just looking for a better job, many Americans will be job hunting in 2012.

Your resume may be the key element that makes you stand out in a sea of applicants.

A great resume:

  • Grabs the attention of employers and recruiters
  • Sells your skills and accomplishments
  • Shows why you’re a match for a position
  • Communicates both your current capabilities and future potential
  • Helps you take the next step in your career
  • And most importantly, gets you the interview

The U.S. Department of Labor sponsors tools to help job seekers and advice on developing a great resume to help you on your path to career success.