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Resolution Refresh: Three Ways to Hit Reset on Your Health

Publication: Waco Today Magazine

Ringing in the new year was radically different this year as many families celebrated long-held traditions virtually – or not at all – and braced for post-holiday spikes in COVID-19. The pandemic has changed how we live, work, communicate, and interact. It’s time to hit reset on your health – and there’s no better time to start than now.

Prioritize your emotional and physical health.

In a survey by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), 45% of cancer patients surveyed said the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted their mental health. Counseling or mental health care, including via telehealth, may help. When it comes to physical health, preventative screenings are the single most effective way to detect cancer early. Make a commitment to schedule and keep your annual screenings.

Don’t underestimate the power of a healthy diet.

With more time at home during the pandemic, many people have discovered the convenience of grabbing extra snacks throughout the day, leading to weight gain. Stock your pantry with healthy staples and plan meals in advance. Keep your meal rotation fresh by trying a new recipe weekly and bulk up your soups and salads with hearty vegetables. Your body and your mind will thank you.

Commit to staying in touch with family and friends.

Living with cancer brings feelings of loneliness and isolation, and 81% of Americans with cancer have limited their contact with others to reduce their risk of contracting the virus, according to ASCO. Reach out to a loved one today. You may learn they’re struggling too.

Despite a difficult year, there remains hope and anticipation for good things to come. As oncologists, we are inspired by our patients’ strength and courage as we join them in their fight against cancer. We wish good health and happiness to all in the year ahead.

This article appeared in the Waco Today magazine January 2021 issue.

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