Keep New Year’s Resolution To Lose Weight

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With the sumptuous food and treats available during the holiday season, it’s easy for us overdo it – even while we are adopting a New Year’s resolution to lose weight and be active.

“Making a resolution to lose weight today is an important first step to a long and healthy life,” said Department of Health Services Secretary Karen Timberlake. “You can get a strong start by knowing where you are at today; then set realistic goals to eat healthy and include physical activity into your life.”

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Being overweight or obese increases the risk of many diseases and health conditions, including Type II diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, sleep apnea, some cancers, and joint problems. In Wisconsin, 2 of 3 adults are either overweight or obese.

Most people know their overall health depends on being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight. The problem is that most good intentions often get derailed even before they can be put into practice. Suggestions to get started include:

* Writing down what you eat and drink for a few days, including the time and how much you are eating
* Tracking your activity level for a week
* Knowing your numbers -- specifically your body mass index (BMI)

“Whether your goal is to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, be physically active on a regular basis, or make healthy food choices, you should recognize that taking small steps can have a lasting impact. Small changes made over time will be more likely to become part of your daily routine,” Timberlake added.

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