Five Healthy New Year’s Resolutions That You Can Keep
New Year’s is a time to reflect on the current year and look forward to a new beginning. It is also a time to make new resolutions for the upcoming year. Selecting resolutions is important because sustaining them throughout the year is the challenge. Most are broken within a couple of months, resulting in the same resolutions year after year. To break this cycle, choose resolutions that will improve your health and can be followed for a lifetime.
1. Move More Frequently & Sit Less – Most of us remain seated more than we should, thanks to our desk jobs. Sitting for a long time is found to be associated with an increased risk of overall mortality. If you’re working a desk job, set your resolution to take short walks of 10-20 minutes post-lunch break and make it a habit to walk for 5 minutes every hour.
2. Give Up Sweetened Beverages – Sugary drinks increase the risk of obesity, insulin resistance, heart disease, fatty liver, and cavities. Resolve to cut down on sweetened beverages in 2020. Gradually limit intake to break your sugary drink habit forever.
3. Eat More Whole Foods – This can be one of the best ways to improve your overall health. Include whole foods such as vegetables, nuts, fruits, seeds, whole grains, and fish which are enriched with nutrients required by your body to function properly.
4. Limit Your Screen Time – A 2017 study reported that screen time, especially using social media has been associated with anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Make it a point to limit your screen time this year.
5. Eat More Home-Cooked Foods – Make it a habit to cook more meals at home. A 2017 study has reported that those who cooked more meals at home had better diet and less body fat composition compared to those who don’t. Gradually increase the frequency of home cooked meals until you eat the majority at home.
GFWC Membership Recruitment Campaign
We have two more GFWC Recruitment Campaigns in the current administration. December 2019 through February 2020 is the “Mentoring” campaign. While we should always be on the lookout for new members, it is important that we devote energy to guiding our recent recruits to a successful and meaningful volunteer career with GFWC. Use this reporting period to get “back to basics” and focus on the connections between your local club and all other levels of our Federation.
The final recruitment campaign will be “Recognition” – so start planning now for the many ways that you can show your appreciation for your members. This campaign runs from March through May. As always, use the GFWC form to report your new members to receive a little recognition for your club – reports are due the first day of the month following the end of the campaign (March 1st and June 1st). Find that form here and be sure to copy [email protected] so GFWC of NC can also recognize your club!