New Year Resolutions For A Healthier Life

You’ve only got one body, and taking good care of it can enhance all aspects of your life—your energy levels, your ability to exercise and stay fit, your self esteem, and more! If you haven’t yet set resolutions for the new year, make caring for your health one of them. Here are some tips to get you started.

New Year resolution

Eat More Fruits and Veggies
It’s easy to grab for quick, processed foods, but investing time in healthy snacks pays dividends. Incorporate more fruits and vegetables by making them easy to access. Pick a day of the week to slice and bag fresh produce so you can “grab-and-go” when you’re in a hurry—peel and slice cucumbers or peppers (or by the bite-size mini peppers), carrot sticks, fresh pineapple chunks, or jicama. Fruits and veggies are rich in antioxidants which flush harmful toxins from your body.

Go Walking or Cycling
Is there somewhere that you drive to regularly that you can walk or bike to instead? Work? The gym? Save fuel (and the environment) by using foot or pedal power.

Fall in Love with H2O
Increasing your water has many advantages. It can keep skin looking less dry, help energize your muscles, and help with kidney and bowel function. It can also make you feel fuller so you eat less.  If you don’t have a trusty water bottle, buy one and keep it with you in the car, on your desk at work or school, and on your nightstand as you settle into bed.

Start with small simple health changes. Even these basic tips can go a long way to keeping you healthier in 2015.

About The Author

Stuart H. Agren, M.D.

Stuart H. Agren, M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed additional training at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and then established his private medical practice starting in 1975. Dr. Agren completed a mini-residency in Industrial Medicine at the Robert Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University and also completed training to become a certified Medical Review Officer.

Dr. Agren was the Medical Director at TRW and McDonnell Douglas in Mesa, Arizona and at Stauffer Chemical and Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.

In his private medical practice, Dr. Agren specialized in family practice and allergy. In his work as a private practice allergist, he was one of the first doctors in the country to prescribe sublingual immunotherapy to his patients as an alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). He has also been a trailblazer in the field of food allergy treatment and research, developing a program to treat multiple food allergies simultaneously using sublingual immunotherapy. Dr. Agren has been featured on local CBS, NBC, and ABC news affiliates and won the peer-nominated “Top Doc” award from Phoenix Magazine.

After 20 years in private practice, Dr. Agren became the Founder and President of AllergyEasy, which helps primary care physicians around the country offer allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy treatment to their patients. Over 200 physicians in over 32 states use the AllergyEasy program to help their patients overcome environmental and food allergies and asthma.