Each year, Americans’ most popular New Year’s resolutions are more or less the same: get healthy, get organized, save money. But doctors at the American Medical Association (AMA) have some more specific thoughts in mind for 2019.
The AMA this week released a list of 10 wellness-focused resolutions that could “help Americans make the most impactful, long-lasting improvements to their health in 2019.” Here’s what they are — and how to make them happen.
1. Learn your risk for type 2 diabetes
2. Be more physically active
3. Know your blood pressure
4. Eat less processed food
5. Take antibiotics exactly as prescribed
6. Drink in moderation, if at all
7. Stop using nicotine and tobacco
8. Don’t share pain medicine
9. Make sure your family is up to date on vaccines
10. Manage stress
I – Word Understanding
Most impactful – having powerful effect
Type 2 diabetes – a chronic problem that causes blood sugar level to rise higher
II – Have Your Say
1. Do you consider new year resolutions important?
2. What are your goals this year and how do you plan to achieve them?
3. In retrospect, what were some good things that happened to you in 2018?
4. According to a survey of 2,000 people here are the top 10 New Year Resolutions:
1. Diet or eat healthier (71 percent)
2. Exercise more (65 percent)
3. Lose weight (54 percent)
4. Save more and spend less (32 percent)
5. Learn a new skill or hobby (26 percent)
6. Quit smoking (21 percent)
7. Read more (17 percent)
8. Find another job (16 percent)
9. Drink less alcohol (15 percent)
10. Spend more time with family and friends (13 percent)