ThedaCare Health Matters

Resolve for a healthier new year

As the New Year approaches, tradition dictates that we take a moment to make resolutions. Interestingly, it seems many times these resolutions focus on ways to improve our health. Despite all the technological advances in healthcare, our health is greatly impacted by our lifestyle and the choices we make.

Healthcare experts often talk about how certain choices we make are linked to premature death or preventable deaths. Experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report as many as 40 percent of deaths are premature or preventable.

Heart disease, some cancers, stroke, lung disease, infections and unintentional injuries are the leading causes of premature and preventable death. It is felt these problems are greatly influenced by lifestyle and health related choices. Several lifestyle changes can be implemented as New Year resolutions that can improve a person’s chances of living longer and healthier.

Smoking and tobacco use remains the No. 1 risk factor for heart disease, stroke, lung disease and certain cancers. If you smoke, quitting is the best resolution you can make.

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