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Each year more than 40 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, yet only eight percent of people actually achieve them.

We’re on a mission to change this.

As we wrap up 2018, we want to help all individuals accomplish the goals they will be setting for themselves next year by providing tips and advice on some of the most sought-after New Years goals – diet and exercise, mental health/wellness, and reduced smoking.

Eat better, exercise more 

Before embarking on a strenuous diet and exercise plan, it’s important to first assess where you need to improve. You can start by addressing some simple questions, such as: What are your current eating habits? How much physical activity are you getting each day? Once you are able to better identify your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to nutrition and exercise, you can then devise a plan and identify the best strategies and tactics to help you succeed in improving and managing your health. For example, many people today have proven success utilizing apps and other technology solutions, such as fitness trackers, to improve their overall well-being. One helpful app for weight loss, My Diet Diary©, is beneficial in helping you stay on track to lose weight. The app enables you to monitor weight, food, cholesterol, carbs, calories and other nutritional data. Better yet, the app also serves as a helpful tool for keeping up with your exercise each day, serving as a two-for-one health and fitness tracker.

Connect physical health with improved mental health

Countless people fail to realize that our mental health and physical health are fundamentally interconnected. That’s why mental health conditions can take such an enormous toll on our well-being. As a company dedicated to helping people take active roles in their own health, StayWell has dove into digital health with Provata Virtual Reality (VR) Preventive Care. With Provata VR, you can simply select the guided mediation that best suits your needs and escape within the app to a variety of beautifully tranquil locations from around the world, such as waterfalls, beaches, and underwater coral reefs. Even small amounts of meditation can help increase productivity, lower stress and improve memory. As such, the effects extend to physiological functions with scientific studies indicating regular medication can help manage symptoms of chronic conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease.

Limit tobacco and cigarette use

Each year cigarette smoking causes one in five deaths. In addition, smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causes many diseases, and reduces the health of smokers in general. Quitting smoking can help not only lower your risk for smoking-related diseases, but can add years to your life. While quitting smoking is a great goal, it’s certainly not an easy one. As you embark on your journey to ditch cigarettes, it’s important to first understand why quitting is so difficult. According to the American Lung Association, smokers have a better chance of staying smoke free if they address the physical, social and mental components to smoking addiction first. So, as you gear up for this major change in 2019, consider an FDA-approved medication that can help with cigarette addiction (physical), work to identify the triggers that make you want a cigarette, such as feeling stressed or tired (mental), and reach out to a support group to let others know you are trying to quit (social).

Thanks to technological advances today, it’s easier than ever to work toward improved mental and physical health and well-being. So, if you are looking to make serious life changes in 2019, consider these three steps to help guide you on the right path. If you’re interested in more information about our specific suite of wellness applications, products or services, please visit our website or contact a member of our team today.