Welcoming the New Year with Healthy Habits! ~ Domenico Pratico, MD, FCPP

Welcoming the New Year with Healthy Habits! Domenico Pratico, MD, FCPP
At the onset of a new year, it’s a common practice for many of us to formulate resolutions, driven by sincere intentions to uphold them. Resolutions centered around embracing a healthier lifestyle often claim the top spot on our lists. The appeal lies in their simplicity and the assurance of long-term benefits.

Undoubtedly, opting for a healthier lifestyle entails numerous advantages, serving as a shield against various chronic diseases. These choices, when consistently made over time, contribute significantly to our overall health and well-being. As we contemplate these lifestyle enhancements, it’s crucial to recognize that it’s “never too early, never too late” to reevaluate and possibly realign our daily routines in favor of a healthier and happier lifestyle.

Consider the following seven suggestions as a rough guide to a healthier 2024:

Incorporate a 15-20 minute daily walk: Whether it’s an after-dinner stroll, a morning walk, volunteering to walk a shelter dog, or opting for stairs over escalators, make physical activity a daily habit.

Opt for whole, unprocessed foods: Eliminate packaged and processed foods from your diet. Prioritize a balanced intake of vegetables and fruits while reducing fat and sugar consumption.

Prioritize regular, sufficient sleep: Recognize the impact of sleep on cognitive health. Address sleep-related issues like deprivation, insomnia, or sleep apnea to lower the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.

Engage socially: Participate in meaningful social activities and contribute to your local community. Volunteer at a shelter if you love animals or join a local choir if singing brings you joy.

Cultivate mental stimulation: Challenge your mind through continuous learning. Enroll in a class, solve puzzles, or play strategic games to keep your cognitive faculties active.

Prioritize heart health: Manage blood pressure, blood glucose, and weight to support overall cardiovascular health, recognizing its positive impact on brain health.

Nurture mental well-being: Seek professional help for mental health concerns such as depression or anxiety, and actively manage stress to foster a healthy mind.

Cherish your body, nurture your brain, make mindful choices, and celebrate yourself in the pursuit of a joyful and healthy 2024! Cheers to a year filled with well-being and happiness!

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Domenico Praticò, MD, is the Scott Richards North Star Charitable Foundation Chair for Alzheimer’s Research, Professor and Director of the Alzheimer’s Center at Temple, and Professor of Pharmacology at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

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