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.
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.