Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that another year has passed. I hope your holidays were peaceful and enjoyable. We now have the long winter facing us (well, some of us do), and that’s the time when all you really want to do is curl up in front of the television with your pajamas on. This year I’ll skip the talk about setting resolutions. I heard on the radio the other day that 62% of Americans no longer set resolutions, probably because they know by now that they won’t follow through with them.
Setting a resolution is just like setting a goal. Last week, I wrote about HealthSeeker, the new social media game that is intended to help people make small but meaningful lifestyle changes. I encourage you to take a look at this game, especially if you’re struggling in any way with your diabetes or your health overall.
Sometimes we need a little nudge in the right direction to take action. And frankly, you might be just a little weary of hearing your physician/dietitian/diabetes educator/spouse/children telling you what you should be doing with your eating/activity/monitoring/medication. I understand that one can only take so much! But the dilemma, as I said last week, is that diabetes management is on your shoulders, which means that you have to take charge.
2011’s Top Ten
Maybe you’re ready to make some changes and have 2011 be “your” year. Excellent! As we all know, too many people try to do too much, too fast and those good intentions soon fall by the wayside. You know — the person who joins the expensive health club, only to go three times, or the person who signs up for a diet program, only to go off of it after a week. All intentions are good, but trying to make too many changes at once can backfire. Instead, learn from past efforts and truly make this year different. How? Here are my top ten suggestions for 2011:
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Amy Campbell: Amy Campbell is the author of Staying Healthy with Diabetes: Nutrition and Meal Planning and a frequent contributor to Diabetes Self-Management and Diabetes & You. She has co-authored several books, including the The Joslin Guide to Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association’s 16 Myths of a “Diabetic Diet,” for which she received a Will Solimene Award of Excellence in Medical Communication and a National Health Information Award in 2000. Amy also developed menus for Fit Not Fat at Forty Plus and co-authored Eat Carbs, Lose Weight with fitness expert Denise Austin. Amy earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Simmons College and a master’s degree in nutrition education from Boston University. In addition to being a Registered Dietitian, she is a Certified Diabetes Educator and a member of the American Dietetic Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Amy was formerly a Diabetes and Nutrition Educator at Joslin Diabetes Center, where she was responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of disease management programs, including clinical guideline and educational material development, and the development, testing, and implementation of disease management applications. She is currently the Director of Clinical Education Content Development and Training at Good Measures. Amy has developed and conducted training sessions for various disease and case management programs and is a frequent presenter at disease management events.
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