Fresh Resolutions for 2012

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

In less than two weeks, a new year and a new beginning will be here. Whether you are going through cancer treatment, finished with treatment or simply looking to reduce your risk of cancer, a new year can be a significant milestone – the end of one cycle, and the beginning of another.

How will you greet the New Year? What will you do this year to improve your health? Not all resolutions have to be overly ambitious.

Consider trying one of these healthy suggestions:

Taste new fruits and vegetables.

Visit your local grocer’s produce section and identify two foods you have never tasted or don’t think you like. Google the food and find a recipe, then make it for your family or friends. Thanks to a foodie colleague this year, I helped prepare parsnips for the first time (yum!) and learned that I liked Brussels sprouts if they are roasted (I had only ever had them boiled and was not a fan). It’s easy to get into a food rut. Venture out.

Hike one of Georgia’s national parks.

Part of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest is right here in Atlanta and includes waterfalls and the base of the Appalachian trail, offering over 400 miles of trails. Hit the trails to see new sights, get some exercise, breathe some fresh air, or catch up with a friend.

Participate in a charity walk /run.

If you are interested in training for an endurance race, check out the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, who provides training for individuals via Team in Training. If you aren’t up for training for an endurance event, sign up for a local 5K (3.1 miles) walk/run and a Couch to 5K training program.

Ride your bike or walk at the Silver Comet trail.

The Silver Comet trail travels west through Cobb, Paulding and Polk counties. This quiet, non-motorized trail is for walkers, hikers, bicyclists, roller bladers, horses, dog walkers, and is wheel chair accessible. The trail is paved and starts in Smyrna. Use the buddy system on less crowded parts of the trail for safety.

Schedule your annual physical.

If you don’t have a primary care doctor, find one. Visiting your doctor annually lets them get to know you better and helps to identify potential health problems in their earliest stages, leading to a better chance for recovery.

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