Get Healthy in the New Year

After Cancer articles address topics for those in survivorship. This month, dietitian Mindy Athas shares ways to get healthy in 2021.

Now that we can kiss 2020 goodbye, it’s time to focus on the future and that means getting healthy in the new year. Protecting your health means doing four things; think of it as a quad plan:

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Help Your Child Have a Healthy Virtual Learning Experience

For many students, this school year involves a new way of learning. With virtual classes and independent work, it’s an adjustment for both parents and children, says Carroll Hospital pediatric hospitalist Preethi Thomas, M.D., one that requires planning and structure to ensure a healthy transition to online learning. 

Here are some tips for a healthy virtual learning experience: 

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Discover Mindful Eating

So when did it happen? Or has it always been that way? The fact that following a delicious meal, we rarely remember the flavors, aromas and senses stimulated by a flavorful meal. Instead we often feel overfull, possibly to the point of discomfort.

Sound like the aftermath of your holiday meal? You’re not alone.

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Late Night Snacking

Snacking after dinner is one of the most difficult behaviors to change for many people looking improve their eating habits. Except for those who require a bedtime snack for medical reasons, most people eat more than enough calories at their dinner meal to carry them through until breakfast. 

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Keeping the Pounds Off During the Holidays

In general, Americans tend to gain weight between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Why not start implementing some basic lifestyle changes now, not only to prevent unwanted weight gain, but to potentially lose weight! There’s no need to wait until after New Year’s to make that resolution. You can approach healthy holiday eating from three perspectives: before, during and after your meal.

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