How to Set Attainable Resolutions

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The New Year is almost here! While we’re all excited for a fresh start and a chance to make some positive changes, it can be easy for our resolutions to fall astray if we don’t properly prepare. We want to help you along your journey and increase the likelihood of your resolutions sticking. Building healthy habits can change your life and decrease the chance of you getting a chronic condition. Follow these steps to help you set and keep your resolutions.

  1. Choose a Realistic Resolution: As much as we’d all like to be able to become expert guitar plays or marathon runners, it’s not always attainable within a year. It’s important to set realistic goals to increase the likelihood of achieving them. So maybe instead of becoming a marathon runner, your goal is to start running once a week.
  2. Focus on One Goal at a Time: While you might be able to accomplish all your goals, you’ll increase your success if you instead focus on one or maybe two main goals.
  3. Break it down: Now that you have your goal in mind, it’s time to break it down and plan. If we’re sticking with our running example, that means planning one day a week to run. Start small and then throughout the year work up to maybe running 2-3 times a week.  
  4. Find Support: A support system can be essential to meeting your goals. Having someone to hold you accountable can help give you the push you need. But make sure if you ask for someone’s help, you’re specific in what you’re asking of them. Whether it be words of affirmation or a gym buddy, you need to be clear for it to be beneficial.
  5. Don’t Give Up: Mistakes will happen, just remember that one mistake doesn’t have to derail your goals. Learn, adapt and overcome the challenges you face.

Resolution Ideas for Medication Health

Improving your medication health is a great resolution idea. to keep you healthy in the new year. Here’s what you can do:

  • Review all your medications with your pharmacist at least once a year. Having an expert review your medications will keep you healthy. Even if your medications don’t change, changes in your body and your reaction to medications can impact medication effectiveness over time.
  • Carry your medication list with you and review your list with other health care providers at your appointments. Many times, health care providers might not have visibility into your medication regimen. Having this information can ensure better health care decision making.
  • Make sure you are up to date with vaccinations and preventative screenings.  Early detection is key to effective treatment and can mean life or death…literally.
  • Follow all diet and exercise recommendations from your health care team.
  • Schedule and attend all yearly physicals and checkups

Questions?

If your health plan includes Tria Health, you can talk with a clinically trained pharmacist and receive a customized care plan. This includes recommendations for medication adjustments, preventative services and lifestyle modifications. Tria’s pharmacist will be able to help you achieve your goals and improve your health.

Visit www.triahealth.com to learn more.

Clean Medicine Start for a New Year!

Each year millions of us resolve to take better care of ourselves and families.  Often this is a resolution to eat better,  quit smoking,  be more consistent with medicines, or even lose weight to get off a medication or two.  Why not start the New Year with a clean medicine cabinet?

Gather all your medications and supplements together, and follow these guidelines:

  • Take stock of what you have and refill chronic medications you will soon need.
  • Expired or rarely used medications should be thrown out.
  • If you have not used the medication or supplement in the last 6 months and do not see a likely need for it in the next 6 months dispose of this too.
  • For tips on proper disposal, check out these guidelines on the FDA’s website or visit disposemymeds.org.
  • If possible, store all the medications together for ease of use and convenience.
  • Pain medications or other controlled substances should be safely stored out of reach of children and other “curious” adults.

You’ll be left with a cleaner, better organized, and smaller medication supply.  This will also reduce the likelihood you go out and buy more allergy medication when Spring rolls around; because you know you already have some!

Happy New Year!

Planning for a Healthy New Year!

Achieving or maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle is always a popular New Year resolution. Weight loss can seem overwhelming for many individuals, so as we quickly approach 2015, we wanted to remind you of these tips to help you plan for success.

  1. Set goals and be realistic – healthy weight loss is 1-2 pounds per week.
  2. Write down your reasons for wanting to lose weight and post it in your home.
  3. Keep a food journal for at least a week or two to have a better understanding of your caloric consumption.
  4. Avoid bad habits such as eating too fast, eating when you’re not hungry, skipping meals, or always having desert.
  5. Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats.
  6. Read nutrition information on food labels and pay close attention to serving sizes.
  7. Bake or grill foods instead of frying.
  8. Set specific exercise goals, including how often and time spent per week.
  9. You don’t have to run a marathon, walking is a great first step.
  10. Identify a friend or family member to join you, it’s a great way to stay motivated.

Happy New Year!!