The Resolutions Your Doctors Wish You’d Make

As the New Year approaches, the scramble to adopt the perfect resolutions begins. If you’re searching for a healthy change and a brand new start, try adopting one, two, or all of these good-for-you New Year’s resolutions, straight from the UAB experts.

Start a Doable Diet
—Cardiologist Alan S. Gertler, MD
“I am a proponent of the Mediterranean-style diet, with emphasis on lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, oily fish (salmon,etc), chicken (without the skin and grilled, not fried), some nuts (eg, almonds), cooking with olive oil, a glass of red wine (unless the person is a nondrinker), and easy on the red meat.”

Schedule a Visit
—Primary Care Physician Stephen Russell, MD
“One of the best ways to maintain New Year’s resolutions is through accountability. Meet with your primary care doctor to review your health profile, and chart a course for a healthy new year.”

Manage Your Weight
—Nutrition Expert W. Timothy Garvey, MD
“Get serious about portion control as a strategy for weight loss, and perform moderate exercise 3 – 4 times per week (It doesn’t have to be marathon training! Exercise that allows you to converse with your exercise partner will do.).”

Wear SPF—Every Single Day
—Dermatologist Marian Northington, MD
“Wear a moisturizer with SPF 30 every day, even on cloudy days. The rule to follow is: If you are not using a flashlight, you need sunscreen. Also invest in a wide-brimmed hat that protects your entire face. A baseball hat only shades the front.”

Quit For Good
—Internal Medicine Physician Stephen W. Stair, MD
“There are so many health risks related to smoking, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, COPD, emphysema—common, preventable illnesses. Even if you’ve been a longtime smoker, if you quit today, your risk of heart disease and cancer begins to drop.”


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