STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

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MAKING AND KEEPING NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Only 8 percent of individuals achieved their resolutions in 2016, according to Statistic Brain. This is likely due to most people having unrealistic expectations about the speed, ease and consequences of the resolutions they make. People attempting self-change rarely succeed the first time; most need five or six attempts, according to a paper published in American Psychologist by Janet Polivy and Peter Herman. The authors suggest false hope syndrome is the cause for failure.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. These celebrations often consist of many delicious treats and hardy meals. You can still maintain a healthy diet with a little thought and planning in advance. Research from a recent Web-based survey found 18 percent of people feel they cannot eat healthily during the holidays because they don’t want to miss out on their favorite foods. You can still eat the foods you enjoy this season, just in moderation.

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The choices you make with exercise, diet and other lifestyle habits can affect your overall health either positively or negatively. Make smart decisions that will increase your chances of living a longer, healthier life.

Some cancers can be found through early detection, which can reduce the chances of the cancer growing and spreading throughout the body, according the American Cancer Society. Cancer screening looks for cancer before the individual displays any symptoms. There are a variety of screening tests. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), getting screening tests regularly may find breast, cervical and colorectal (colon) cancers early, when treatment is likely to work best. Detecting cancer early is important not only for saving someone’s life but also to improve the patient’s current state of health so he or she can have a better quality of life.


The common methods used to screen for cancer include imaging (radiology), endoscopy procedures and biopsy and cytology tests. All of these can detect different types of cancer. Imaging tests take pictures inside the body. This process can find cancer and indicate how far it has spread. A tube-like instrument is inserted into the body to look for cancer during an endoscopy. Biopsy and cytology testing involves taking a cell sample and looking to see if there are any cancer specimens in it. These tests do have risk factors associated with them; however, your physician can discuss the procedures with you and answer any concerns or questions you may have.

SCREENING FOR CANCER

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

TaNiqua Ward is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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The United States Preventive Service Task Force recommends routine screenings be conducted on people who are at risk for breast, colon and cervical cancers. A mammography screening for breast cancer is recommended for all women ages 50-74 years. Colon cancer screening is recommended for adults between ages 50-75 years and cervical cancer screening through a Pap smear is recommended for all women 21-65 years.


In order to reduce your chances of being at risk for cancer, it is vital that you take control of your health. Here are some tips to keep in mind: