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New Year's resolutions for health

The holidays are over, and 2009 is finally here. It's the perfect time for a fresh start. Many of us will resolve to improve relationships, balance the budget, or tidy the attic. But none of this will mean much without good health.

Make 2009 your year of good health. Here are 10 resolutions that can help:

1. Avoid tobacco. If you're a smoker, quitting is your first priority. You can get information in print, online, and by phone. You can get help from counseling and groups. You can use nicotine-replacement therapy or prescription medications such as bupropion and varenicline. And even if you don't smoke, resolve to help a loved one who does — and to avoid secondhand smoke.

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