At the stroke of midnight tonight we ring out the “old” year and begin a new one. For many people, the transition is a symbolic new start, a time to improve health or make other changes. If you are among the millions making a New Year’s resolution or striving to make improve your health in the months ahead, the four articles below may help. On behalf of my colleagues at Harvard Health Publications, I wish you a new year filled with good health.
Eat your way to a healthy heart. For its January 2013 issue, the Harvard Heart Letter asked certified chef and nutrition educator Dr. Michelle Hauser, an internal medicine fellow at Harvard-associated Cambridge Health Alliance, to come up with one change you can make each month on the way to adopting a heart-healthy diet.
7 steps for keeping your New Year’s resolutions. Dietitian and motivator Erin Sisk offers suggestions for sticking with the resolutions you’ve made.
Why behavior change is hard—and why you should keep trying. Adopting healthier lifestyle habits doesn’t happen at once, but is a process that happens in stages. Setbacks along the way are normal, reports the Harvard Women’s Health Watch, and they provide opportunities for growth and learning.
11 parenting tips for a happy, healthy New Year. Pediatrician Claire McCarthy offers 11 suggestions to help parents of young children make 2013 a happier and a healthier one for their children and families.