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A Toast to a Healthier New Year

Posted by Leslie Fazin
Leslie Fazin
Leslie Fazin is Whitsons' Senior Communications Associate. Leslie is responsible for coordinating proposals fo...
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on Monday, 31 December 2012 in Health & Nutrition

2013Eat healthier. Exercise more. Sleep longer. Stress less. There's no greater time than the stroke of midnight to toast to a new year, filled with new beginnings. Before the clock strikes twelve, take a moment to consider which area (or areas) of your life could benefit from a little extra support and care. Do you wish to lose weight? Quit smoking? Save money? Plan a trip?


As this blogger reflects on the past year, it’s quite clear where I can focus my time and attention: on eating healthier, exercising more, sleeping longer and stressing less. In the last 365 days, my health has had its fair share of ups and downs —and I have no doubt that my lack of attention and awareness to my body’s needs has undoubtedly contributed to these concerns.


The good news? These four qualities are a great start for supporting a healthier lifestyle, which in turn, supports a healthier ME. And that’s certainly cause for celebration! If any of these are your focus this 2013, here are some tips to help kick your New Year off right!


Eat healthier. It’s all about balance, variety and moderation, not about the latest diet craze. Eating healthy starts with cutting back on foods high in fat, salt and sugar (this blogger is guilty as charged!), and adding more fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and other proteins into your diet. A focus on healthy eating means a conscience effort not to eliminate the foods you love, but to add variety to your meals, practice moderation (not having too much or too little of one thing), and finding that healthy balance.


Exercise more. Get moving! The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes, or three 10-minute periods of physical activity each day. Why? Regular exercise builds strong muscles and bones, reduces the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and improves overall health and well-being. As a former dancer of 14 years, not only did I feel better and sleep better when I stayed in motion, regular exercise helped to boost my immunity, self-confidence and endurance — which are all important factors for a healthier lifestyle.


Sleep longer. Let's face it — we could all benefit from some more shut-eye! According to the National Sleep Foundation, roughly two-thirds of Americans say their sleep needs are not being met throughout the week, with most reporting less than 7 hours of sleep each night. Although eating healthy and exercising more are proven ways for maintaining optimal health, they both rely on one thing: sleep. A well-rested body will be more focused, less stressed and less susceptible to health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and depression.


Stress less. We’ve all heard the phrase — “Keep calm and carry on” — and while it may seem overused, these five words hold a great deal of truth. Too much stress on our bodies is detrimental to our health, not to mention, our sanity! Research consistently shows that a stressed body reduces the length and quality of life, and contributes to a number of health concerns, all of which are listed above. To stay less stressed, here are a few things I’ll do more of in 2013: practice deep breathing (hmm, maybe yoga?), surround myself with laughter (after all, it’s the best medicine!), and of course, “keep calm and carry on.”


And with that, I raise my glass and toast to a healthier New Year!


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Leslie Fazin is Whitsons' Senior Communications Associate. Leslie is responsible for coordinating proposals for new business development, writing internal and external communications and supporting the Sales/Communications Department on a variety of projects. She is also our editor of our monthly school nutrition newsletter and printed corporate newsletter, Traditions.


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