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What Are You Going To Do For Your Health This Year?

According to the SeniorHealth division of the National Institutes of Health, these are some goals to go for in 2015:

Lose Weight Sensibly. The SeniorHealth experts say that you shouldn’t lose more than 2 pounds a week. Start with

If you need to lose weight, it’s important to do so slowly. Lose no more than 1/2 pound to 2 pounds a week. Start with a goal of losing a total of 10 percent of your weight. Gradual weight loss, dieting experts say, is the best guarantee of success in the long run.

Begin with a goal of losing 10 percent of your current weight. This is the healthiest way to lose weight and offers the best chance of long-term success.

For tips on healthy eating from the SeniorHealth experts, visit here: http://nihseniorhealth.gov/eatingwellasyougetolder/benefitsofeatingwell/01.html.

Make Your Home Fall Proof

Falls can have devastating consequences for seniors, including the loss of independence and even death. According to SeniorHealth, six of every 10 falls happen at home, where we might be less on guard than we are outside. The SeniorHealth experts suggest these changes:

Remove or avoid safety hazards

Make sure you have enough lighting inside and outside your house. Use nightlights in the bedrooms, the hallway, the kitchen and the bathroom, and keep a flashlight by your bed in case of a power outage. Stairs should be especially well-lighted.

Add handrails and grab bars wherever possible – for example, in bathtubs or on stairs.

Carpets should be securely attached to the floor to avoid the possibility of slipping.

Declutter as much as possible so you’ll decrease the possibility of tripping over something.

Put non-slip strips on your bathtub or shower.

Clean up wet floors and spills right away.

At home and elsewhere, try to avoid wet floors and clean up spills right away. Use only non-skid wax on waxed floors.

Be careful when walking outdoors, and avoid going out alone on ice or snow. Wear boots with good traction if you have to go out. Ask someone to spread sand or salt on icy surfaces.

Quit Smoking

You can do it with the help of “quitlines,” free telephone counseling services. When you call a quitline, you talk anonymously to a counselor who can help you come up with a strategy to quit. The National Cancer Institute Smoking Quitline is (877) 44U-QUIT or (877) 448-7848 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. You can also call your state’s quitline. Call (800) QUIT-NOW or (800) 784-8669 to be connected with free resources in your state. Or visit the site www.smokefree.gov.

Look Into Your Family’s Health History. A record of a family’s health history contains information about your relatives’ medical conditions, lifestyle (drinking or smoking habits, for example) and where and how the family grew up. You can use a family history to determine any increased risk you might have of developing serious problems such as cancer or diabetes.

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