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community SECTION C • SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2014 “ “ Aerobic exercise elevates HDL (good) cholesterol to remove fat from blood vessels and improve cerebral blood flow; further it improves the utilization, uptake, and function of glucose — the brain’s main energy source. This allows the brain to function more efficiently, without accumulating the toxins and free radicals associated with excess unused glucose. In a nutshell, exercise tones your brain and your body.” “Whatever the goal is — a new year, a new us — we need to know (that) I need to think a new way and I need to change some behaviors. It’s really like laying out our own strategic plan.” — Ann Wilder, director of Eastside Medical Center’s Heritage Behavioral Health Services “ — Marshall Nash, MD Gwinnett Medical Center-affiliated neurologist The No. 1 way to improve health is to drop bad habits, like smoking, and form healthy ones, like exercise. Exercise is a ‘cornerstone’ habit because it often leads to the adoption of other healthy habits. Moderate exercise three or four times a week for about a half hour each interval is a start.” new year, new you , — Martin Austin, MD, hospitalist at Gwinnett Medical Center “ While there are a number of tips on managing weight, here are a few to focus on: Slow down while you eat, be prepared by planning meals, carry snacks in case meals are delayed, discover activities to enjoy other than food and finally, don’t feel guilty if you fall off the wagon.” — Renee Covey, registered dietitian with Gwinnett Medical Center’s Center for Surgical Weight Management “ In order to improve heart health, it is important to manage traditional risk factors by maintaining a lowfat diet, exercising regularly, refraining from smoking, and controlling diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol. However, I also challenge people to reduce stress and achieve peace of mind; the impact can be profound. Stress may produce physical or psychological damage over time. Furthermore, making this one change helps modify all of the above risk factors in a positive way, thus improving cardiovascular health.” It’s a new year and a time — Sreeni Gangasani, MD, when many people make Gwinnett Medical Center cardiologist resolutions. Perhaps those resolutions may be We all have energy running related to health, through our whether it’s to stop bodies and when that smoking or to eat energy becomes stuck, stale or stagnant it can cause physical healthier. ailments. For example when you are under a lot With that in mind, of stress one of the first physical signs are usually the Daily Post gives gastrointestinal issues. The digestive track is very readers some vulnerable to stress.” advice on becom— Destiny Kelley, certified health coach, certified worksite wellness specialist. ing a new you in the For more advice from Destiny Kelley, see page 2C. new year. “ — Deanna Allen, Staff Reporter

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