It’s a new year and a time when many people make resolutions. Perhaps those resolutions may be related to health, whether it’s to stop smoking or to eat healthier. With that in mind, the Daily Post gives readers some advice on becoming a new year in the new year.


“Whatever the goal is — a new year, a new us — we need to know (that) I need to think a new way and I need to change some behaviors. It’s really like laying out our own strategic plan.” — Ann Wilder, director of Eastside Medical Center’s Heritage Behavioral Health Services

“The interconnectivity of the body can be dramatic. There is no doubt daily aerobic exercise is effective in keeping weight as ideal as possible. Alzheimer’s and vascular disease are directly connected to glucose intolerance and elevated lipid and cholesterol levels. Aerobic exercise elevates HDL (good) cholesterol to remove fat from blood vessels and improve cerebral blood flow; further it improves the utilization, uptake, and function of glucose — the brain’s main energy source. This allows the brain to function more efficiently, without accumulating the toxins and free radicals associated with excess unused glucose. In a nutshell, exercise tones your brain and your body.” — Marshall Nash, MD, Gwinnett Medical Center-affiliated neurologist


“The No. 1 way to improve health is to drop bad habits, like smoking, and form healthy ones, like exercise. Exercise is a ‘cornerstone’ habit because it often leads to the adoption of other healthy habits. Moderate exercise three or four times a week for about a half hour each interval is a start. Regular exercise has also been shown to improve thinking and ward off dementia; however, it’s recommended to talk to a physician prior to starting an exercise program if health concerns exist.” — Martin Austin, MD, hospitalist at Gwinnett Medical Center

“While there are a number of tips on managing weight, here are a few to focus on: Slow down while you eat, be prepared by planning meals, carry snacks in case meals are delayed, discover activities to enjoy other than food and finally, don’t feel guilty if you fall off the wagon.” — Renee Covey, registered dietitian with Gwinnett Medical Center’s Center for Surgical Weight Management

“In order to improve heart health, it is important to manage traditional risk factors by maintaining a low-fat diet, exercising regularly, refraining from smoking, and controlling diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol. However, I also challenge people to reduce stress and achieve peace of mind; the impact can be profound. Stress may produce physical or psychological damage over time. Furthermore, making this one change helps modify all of the above risk factors in a positive way, thus improving cardiovascular health.” — Sreeni Gangasani, MD, Gwinnett Medical Center cardiologist


“We all have energy running through our bodies and when that energy becomes stuck, stale or stagnant it can cause physical ailments. For example when you are under a lot of stress one of the first physical signs are usually gastrointestinal issues. The digestive track is very vulnerable to stress.” — Destiny Kelley, certified health coach, certified worksite wellness specialist, member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and certified Reiki practitioner