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Avoid January “quick-fix” weight-loss resolutions, Health Unit says

SIMCOE, JAN. 17, 2007 – It’s easier than you think to get healthy, says the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit, and you don’t need the “quick-fixes” or long regimens at the gym that become so popular during the new-year’s-resolution month of January.

“Just like clockwork, January always sees a hike in the number of people who start thinking more about their health and wellness,” says Health Unit Physical Activity Promoter Michele Crowley. “Gym attendance soars and by March it starts to wane. Other people try quick-fix fad diets or chemically based weight-loss programs, both of which usually fail to achieve lasting results.”

Part of the problem is that we live in a society that places so much value on appearance, size and shape that we set ourselves up for failure when we can’t reach the body ideal, Crowley says.

“We can’t change our genetics and we can’t all be air-brushed super models, but we can make choices that will keep us healthy.”

Instead of making big new year’s resolutions, make small changes in the way you live, Crowley advises.

“You can achieve huge health impacts by making lifestyle changes that are realistic, achievable and focused on health rather than weight. Turn off the television and computers. Go for a walk on your coffee break. Eat and play together as a family. Eat breakfast and make sure you get your five to 10 servings of fruit and vegetables everyday.”

Last January, radio station CD98.9’s 64-year-old Stan Dawson committed to being more active and modifying his eating patterns. He started parking his car and walking to visit clients in downtown Simcoe. He started eating breakfast and paying attention to his usually generous portion sizes. He traded in after-dinner quality time with his easy chair and TV remote for more time being productive in his workshop. Today, he is healthier, happier, energized and ready for the adventures of his retirement.

“Realistic changes that are easy to incorporate into daily patterns will go a long way when it comes to improving your health,” Crowley says. “Quick fix solutions are not the answer and not everyone enjoys working out in a gym setting. Your best bet is taking a look at your routine, figuring out how you can

incorporate the activities you enjoy and introducing better eating habits into your daily life.”

For more information about physical activity and healthy eating, visit the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit website at www.hnhu.org, or call 519-426-6170 or 905-318-5367.

Media contact information:
Michele Crowley, Physical Activity Promoter
Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
519-426-6170 Ext. 3239
michele.crowley@hnhu.org