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2012 New Year’s Resolutions for Veterans

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It’s that time of year when many Veterans look forward to a fresh start in life and resolve to improve their health. However, the problem with the start of a new year is that most good intentions are often derailed within a few weeks.

Make this year the year you make good on your New Year’s resolutions. Let this be the year you get on the path to good health in 2012.

Whether your goal is to lose weight, exercise regularly or stop smoking, VA is here to help you maintain your motivation and avoid common pitfalls.

What’s your priority for 2012: smoking, weight loss, fitness?

See your VA health care professional and make your New Year resolutions stick.

Millions around the world make New Year’s resolutions. The idea that you get a clean slate at the start of the calendar year is a powerful notion that cuts across cultures. Yet for so many it ends in failure, often within a week or even 24 hours.

How can you harness that instinctive desire for change to create enough will power to make it succeed?

Mental strength matters. What you believe about self-control affects the goals you set and go on to achieve.

If you think you’ll be able to achieve a goal, you’re more likely to set it in the first place.

Successful resolutions are more likely if you’re highly confident with plenty of drive.

Enjoy the Holidays

Enjoy the holidays, but draw a line. Just don’t make overeating on one day a year an excuse to give up a longer term diet.

Here are some tips for sticking to your 2012 diet:

  • Be prepared. Clear out all the junk food from all cupboards and the fridge.
  • Make meal plans and get shopping. Fill the fridge with fruit and vegetables.
  • Increase your calorie burn. Get off the metro or the bus one stop earlier or be the one who walks the dog.
  • Don’t overdo it. You’ll lose weight on 1,500 daily calories for women, 1,800 for men. Any lower and you just get hungry and give up.
  • Use websites such as www.move.va.gov for online help, support and tips and to keep a diary to help you stay on track.

VA is Here to Help

Studies have shown that patients in the VA health care system receive better care than private sector patients. And VA inpatients and outpatients are happier with the care they receive than those patients in the private sector.

VA professionals have a proven track record and will use their experience and skills to make 2012 the healthiest year of your life.

VA doctors and researchers have played key roles in the medical community by developing the cardiac pacemaker and the CT scan, performing the first liver transplant, and conducting research that has led to major improvements in treatment of tuberculosis, schizophrenia and high blood pressure. In fact, three Nobel Prize winners have worked for the VA health care system.

Visit a VA Medical Center today and discover a new you in 2012!