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20 Easy Ways to Have a Healthier 2017

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​Lots of people make New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, lots of people don’t stick with them.

In fact, research shows that by June, only 40% of people are still working on them.

Why?  For healthy New Year’s resolutions, many people blame time—that it takes too long to choose healthier behaviors.

Well that’s just not always true. Here are 20 ways to be healthier in 2017—and you can do each one in less than five minutes. FIVE MINUTES! Come on, you’re worth five minutes!

  1. Wash your hands! It only takes 20 seconds and is the single best way to keep from getting sick.
  2. No matter your age, make sure you’re up to date on your vaccinations.
  3. Wear sunscreen, cover up and stay in the shade to help lower your risk for sunburn and skin cancer.
  4. Buckle up. About 30,000 Americans die in car crashes every year. Enough said.  
  5. Read food labels. Know how much fat, cholesterol, salt and sugar are in your food. And don’t forget the kicker—serving size. Many are smaller than you think.
  6. Try eating your meal on a 9 or 10-inch plate. It takes less food to fill a smaller plate, and since it looks full, you’ll feel like you’re eating the same amount.
  7. Make sure half of your plate is full of green vegetables like steamed or roasted broccoli, green beans, spinach or asparagus.
  8. Don’t eat in front of the TV. Studies show you eat up to 25% more.
  9. Wait 5 minutes before getting a second helping. Do you really need it?
  10. Ditch the desk. When you’re at work, get up every hour and take a short walk or stretch break.
  11. Take the stairs. You’ll feel good and it may actually save you time.
  12. Build activity into your commute. Try walking from the bus or train or biking.
  13. Keep a pair of weights on or near your coffee table and lift them while you’re watching TV.
  14. Drink a big glass of water with and after your meal. Water is better for you than sugary drinks and it fills you up so you’ll eat less.
  15. Know your numbers. Keep track of your numbers for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and body mass index. These numbers can help control your risk for certain diseases and conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and more.
  16. Take folic acid. The B vitamin folic acid helps prevent certain birth defects. All women who could possibly get pregnant should take 400 micrograms of folic acid every day.
  17. Pick a date when you’re going to quit smoking. List your reasons for quitting and let your family and friends know so they can support you.
  18. Test your home’s smoke alarms every month and replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall.
  19. Make your kitchen safer. Refrigerate leftovers within 4 hours. Wash hands, utensils, and cutting boards after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry and before they touch another food. Wash produce. Cook meat, poultry, and eggs thoroughly.
  20. When playing active sports or riding a motorcycle or bike, make sure you and your family wear helmets, wrist guards, and knee and elbow pads.