Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

According to USA.gov, many of the New Year’s resolutions people make each year are related to their health. Whether you as a nurse or nursing student decide it is time to adopt a healthy habit, or you would like to encourage your patients to improve their health, it is helpful to be aware of some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions people like to make. As a nurse you will be able to encourage that patient to make healthy choice while they are “revved up” and feel excited about making a positive change.

 

USA.gov lists the most popular New Year’s resolutions and also provides resources people can turn to. This website is an excellent one to encourage patients to visit if they are thinking about making a healthy change for the better. New Year’s resolutions can be viewed here: http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/New-Years-Resolutions.shtml

 

Healthy New Year’s resolutions according to USA.gov include:

 

Drink less alcohol

 

Eat healthy food

 

Get fit

 

Lose weight

 

Manage stress

 

Quit smoking

 

USA.gov recommends their website ChooseMyPlate.gov when you have the New Year’s resolution to Eat healthy food. The website can be viewed here: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/.  You’ll find helpful tips for weight management, exercise, calorie counting, a food tracker, information for pregnant & breastfeeding women, information for college students and children.

 

As a nurse you may want to recommend additional resources when a patient approaches you with the desire to Eat healthy food. You may refer them to a nutritionist or a registered dietician so a food plan can be customized for them. You may refer them to their physician for a physical or a consultation, especially if there is a concern the patient is not eating healthy foods or does not eat enough or in excess.

 

They say that a new habit – good or bad – takes approximately 21 days to become part of our regular routine and daily life. It can be so easy to be excited to make a New Year’s resolution and then to watch it fizzle out after a week or so. Try to encourage your patients to “push” past and reach at least the 1 month mark of 30 days. They may be surprised to discover that their healthy habit sticks with them in a pleasing way!

 

Sources: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/, http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/New-Years-Resolutions.shtml

 

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