GP’s Top Tips for a Healthier New Year

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PEOPLE resolving to improve their health in the New Year should set their sights on making small sustainable changes, according to a top GP.

Dr Ben Milton, chair of NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is urging anyone who wants to put health improvements at the forefront of their New Year’s Resolution List to focus on taking small steps towards better health – as big health threats can be reversed through small, but significant changes to lifestyles.

And he says people should be encouraged to get more active following 2012’s magical summer of sport.

The call is being made to anyone wanting to give up smoking, reduce alcohol intake or make changes to their diet because they are overweight, have high cholesterol or diabetes.

Dr Ben Milton, chair of NHS North Derbyshire CCG, said: “A new year means a fresh start, but the key to success is motivation and choosing the right time to embark on major behaviour change.

“Setting small, but realistic goals in your New Year’s Resolution List are far more likely to help you achieve your aims in the long term, so wherever you can walk or cycle and take the stairs instead of the lift or escalators.

“Half-hearted attempts at weight loss are more likely to lead to weight gain and a sense of failure and low self-esteem. When you are ready there are services to help you succeed.

In the meantime, get you and your family active and try something new or rediscover something you enjoyed doing before.”