Get the New Year Off to a Healthy Start! - James J. Peters VA Medical Center
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James J. Peters VA Medical Center


Get the New Year Off to a Healthy Start!

Heather Perillo

Heather Perillo, Registered Dietician and JJP MOVE! Coordinator

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Heather Perillo, Registered Dietitian and JJP MOVE! Coordinator says: The New Year is a great time to focus on adopting a healthier lifestyle! To get the ball rolling I suggest setting goals for yourself. Some quick tips:

• Make sure your goals are realistic! Making unachievable goals is discouraging, instead try for a more realistic approach.

• Be specific and write it down! Stepping on the scale and writing down your weight weekly will help you to stay on track. Consider keeping a food and exercise journal (remember to include portion sizes and duration of exercise).

• Create new habits! Setting goals that can become part of your routine will be the key to your success. Try taking the stairs to/from your office or appointment!

• Set a timeframe! When would you like to achieve your goals? For a long term plan, create smaller goals along the way to help you stay focused.

• Rebound from splurges! Don't give up after a splurge/special occasion. Get yourself back on track!

If weight loss is your goal, ask your Primary Care Provider for a referral to the MOVE! Program. Good luck! And let us know how you're doing!


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