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Advice for a healthy 2013

Filed by KOSU News in Public Insight Network.
January 3, 2013

Even when my grandmother was in her 90s, she exercised.  She could no longer carry groceries home from the Lucky Supermarket down the hill.  She could no longer climb flights of steps like she did when we visited the Sun Yat-sen Memorial together in Nanjing, China, back in 1995 — when she was 81. And she never went swimming in the pool at her Montebello, Calif., apartment building, as far as I know.

But she walked. She did laps around her tiny kitchen, pushing her walker along the vinyl floor. Dozens of laps each day. I loved watching her and the exercise regimen she’d created for herself to stay healthy.

Jonathan Rozenbergs, who lives in MInneapolis, says trading in sandwiches for salads at lunchtime has had a significant impact on improving his health. (Photo by AFP/Getty Images)

Everyone can do one thing, make one change, to be healthier. Sometimes you just need some inspiration. And what better time for a little kick in the pants than right now as we’re thick into resolution-writing for the new year?

So we asked people in our Public Insight Network: What’s one change you made to improve your health in 2012?

Many people wrote to us about changing their diets. Urban design research assistant Jonathan Rozenbergs of Minneapolis, for example, ditched the sandwiches and now eats salad for lunch: “I went to a biometric health screening and learned that my blood pressure was getting high and my good cholesterol was low. The literature provided by the clinic nurses and a film I had recently watched called ‘Forks Over Knives’ both confirmed that way too much salt, protein, dairy and sliced bread are major factors impacting weight and cardiovascular health.

“We were already cooking quite healthily at home for dinner, so the biggest change to make was in my lunch. … Switching to a salad for lunch made it much easier to control how much sodium, sugar, and saturated fat I was consuming.”  He says he’s now in better cardiovascular health, he’s lost weight, and he’s lowered the grocery bills by not buying so many processed lunch products.

People also sent us tidbits of advice:  “Make a change in the morning, because it is the time of the day when you have the most willpower,” suggested Molly White, a graduate student in Durham, N.C.

Keep reading for more health tips that you can put to action in 2013.



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5 Responses to “Advice for a healthy 2013”

  1. Luke says:

    I recommend eating paleo (or as close to it as you can) and doing crossfit training for your exercise. You can't imagine how much better you will look and feel in a matter of a few weeks. It has literally changed my life.

  2. I always tell my clients that to lose weight and keep it off you have to exercise and diet. You can't exercise and ignore dieting and expect to keep the weight off. find a good diet and a good form of cardio. I recommended Zumba for women. It's so much fun to do. You literally don't feel like you're working out.

  3. keithrow says:

    Of course, exercising goes hand in hand with a planned and effective diet – and it can be selected from many diet types as long as its credible and effective and maybe used with a carefully selected supplement. There's some great advice here!

  4. cinnamon benefits says:

    To get the same impact, they could just eat a bit less and go for a stroll or a swimming a bit more often. And they would preserve themselves £4k a season to start.

  5. Fitness Guru says:

    Great advice, especially about the change in diet plan :)

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