Celebrating a New Year often means making new resolutions to eat healthy and exercise more often. The decision to get healthy and stay healthy will not only make you feel better but can also lead to a longer life by decreasing your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and many diseases.
The American Cancer Society recommends the following as ways you can change your lifestyle in 2015:
Maintain a Healthy Diet– It’s never too late to learn healthy eating habits.
- Eat at least 2.5 cups of vegetables and fruits every day
- Choose foods low in calories and fat
- Limit fried food & high-calorie baked goods
Exercise Regularly– Improve your energy level by increasing your physical activity.
- Adults: Get at least 2.5 hours of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week (spread out over 3 days at least).
- Children and teens: Get at least 1 hour of physical activity each day, in addition to vigorous activity at least 3 days each week. Do not start an exercise routine unless you have consulted your physician first.
Avoid tobacco– If you smoke, quit. Tobacco use accounts for at least 30% of all cancer deaths. (Source: Cancer Facts & Figures 2014)
- Women smokers are 25.7 times more likely than women non-smokers to develop lung cancer.
- Men smokers are 25 times more likely to develop lung cancer than men who never smoked. (Source: US Surgeon General Report 2014)
- If you are not a smoker, avoid second hand smoke as this can also lead to lung cancer and be just as harmful.
Limit UV rays and sun exposure– Be safe in the sun and protect your skin from UV rays with sun screen, clothing, sunglasses and a hat. When engaging in activities outside, remember to use sun screen of SPF 30 or higher and always avoid indoor tanning.
Moderate alcohol consumption– Heavy alcohol drinking can cause health problems and increase your risk of cancer.
- Men should have no more than 2 drinks a day and women should have no more than 1.
If you need more information on reducing your risk of cancer and other illnesses, visit the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.