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Health and Wellness
Fresh Start for the New Year
Wellness Consultant
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 • Posted January 5, 2012 3:30 PM

With the New Year of 2012, many of us are make those New Year’s resolutions. Some of the most common resolutions have to do with our health. We start with great expectations and honest determination; but something happens. All those good intentions fall by the wayside. We need to help and encourage one another to “keep up the good work.” With a series of articles and some lively discussions, we can do just that.

There are approximately 6 billion people living on earth. Nearly 4 billion are not experiencing heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity in the epidemic proportions that Americans are. They are healthy and vibrant, generally long-lived and actively productive well into old age. How can that be?

Maybe you are already concerned about your health and are making an effort to live a healthy life style. Maybe you eat well, drink plenty of water, sleep eight hours and exercise. However, most of us need some encouragement, information, and a reason to get started and keep up the good habits of life.

Sometimes, we get a wake up call with a sudden illness and hear those dreaded words; sometimes we realize that our personal health matters to those who love us; sometimes we feel the effects of poor choices or just the ravages of time. For whatever reason, the coming articles will be provided to help you on the journey to a healthier, happier life style and keeping it.

Starting next week we will be informing you on up to date steps toward making important changes in your habits that will lead to a healthier life and/or help you maintain the wellness you now enjoy or hope to achieve.

You may not be aware the many ways in which your daily habits influence your health. Age and genetics are determinants of health. But they are not the biggest influences. Your lifestyle habits are.

The first hurdle for anyone who is making changes in lifestyle is just that… getting started. This begins by making a decision that you want to change your health. “The longest journey begins with the smallest step.”

Think about this: Physically, biochemically – we are what we eat! What we think matters! It can change what we do. Shall we begin?

Next week: Why Americans aren’t very healthy.

Disclaimer: Facts in these articles are obtained from medical and clinical journals, scientific publications, and published trade books. These articles have been written and published strictly for information purposes. Consult your health care provider for your specific medical needs. For any questions, comments or suggestions contact Maryella at or

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