Brooklyn, NY (December 31, 2015) – For millions of Americans, the onset of the New Year is accompanied by resolutions for self-improvement. Among the most common aims are those tied to diet, exercise and overall health. Dr. Stephan Kamholz, Chair of the Department of Medicine at Maimonides Medical Center, offers some suggestions that will help you attain your goals in 2016.

“Most of us try to make too many changes at once,” says Dr. Kamholz. “It’s important to set modest and realistic goals so we don’t set ourselves up for failure.”

Many of us get lazy in the winter, spend more time indoors and pay less attention to staying fit. For most people, it only takes a few small changes to reverse this and improve overall health and wellness.

If you have a health problem or chronic condition, Dr. Kamholz advises that you follow your doctor’s advice before embarking on any new diet or exercise regime. For most of us who are in reasonably good health, though, Dr. Kamholz offers the following tips to achieve improved wellness in the New Year:

  • Introduce healthier foods into your lifestyle, instead of focusing on things to give up.
  • Go for a walk – often! You’ll reduce stress, strengthen your immune system and increase your overall energy.
  • Add a serving of vegetables to your lunch and dinner every day.
  • Incorporate whole grains into your menus – maybe try a new one, like barley or quinoa; or try a new recipe with familiar whole grains.
  • Increase your fluid intake and incorporate more water into your daily routine.

“If you spend January following these suggestions, you will already have a healthier lifestyle by February,” Dr. Kamholz explains. “Maintaining those new healthy habits can be of great help throughout the rest of the year.”

A great way to improve your chances for success is to encourage friends and family members to join you in these simple lifestyle changes. Most people do better with the “buddy system” and support from loved ones.

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