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To your health: 7 resolutions for 2015

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Few New Year's resolutions go unbroken, but just making them is a good start in improving your health.

If you've ever made New Year's resolutions that include adopting better health habits, you probably know they aren't easy to keep. The reason resolutions often don't work is because lasting change is usually not accomplished in a dramatic leap but through a series of incremental steps. However, research suggests that any effort you make is worthwhile, even if you find yourself backsliding from time to time.

Even if you don't want to make a formal list of promises to yourself, the dawn of a new year is still a good time to take inventory of your health and to consider what beneficial changes you can reasonably accomplish. Dr. JoAnn Manson, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, cautions not to embark on something you aren't committed to. "No matter how good an activity is for you, you're not going to be able to sustain it if you hate doing it," she says.

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