What’s Your “New Day’s” Resolution?

By on November 2, 2019

The Outer Banks Hospital’s Center for Healthy Living

Many of us have great intentions for the new year. Resolutions with lofty goals around weight loss, smoking cessation, and increased exercise are common this time of year.

Unfortunately, after just 30 days, less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their New Year’s resolutions, and only 8% accomplish them, according to Forbes magazine.

Not very inspiring.

What if instead we made a “New Day’s” resolution, something that was simple and easy to accomplish? We don’t have to wait for 2020; we can start tomorrow with a commitment to increase our daily water intake by 8 ounces. Once that becomes a habit, we can make another New Day’s resolution to increase intake by 8 more ounces.

“Setting unrealistic goals is often met with failure,” notes Christina Bowen, MD, of The Outer Banks Hospital’s Center for Healthy Living (TCFHL). “Setting simple, attainable goals enables individuals to succeed, and it’s those little successes that help us make better lifestyle choices.”

While genetics plays a role in our predisposition to various health challenges, it doesn’t mean that they must be our destiny. Our future is in our hands when we make lifestyle choices.

“Living your best life comes down to behavior and choices made on a daily basis,” says Denise de Pedro, a certified health coach at TCFHL. “We have the potential to change our health by adjusting our approach to food, smoking, alcohol use, and managing stress.”

Making a shift in lifestyle, whether large or small, is never as easy as it sounds. “It’s important to focus daily on efforts and success,” notes Marielle Silk, FNP, of TCFHL. “Making something routine requires consistency, so it should be performed every day. Doing something just a few times a week makes it tougher to establish as a habit.”

Silk also noted that the first resolution may be the toughest, “Success builds on success, and once we experience it, the next shift comes a little easier. Before we know it, the small shifts have a noticeable impact on our quality of life.”

The graphic offers 10 positive lifestyle choices. Pick one. Start small, form the habit, and then make your next resolution. “It’s one thing to know what to do to stay healthy,” says Silk. “It’s another to actually make the choice. This is a great way to start.”

More Health Tips

1. Choose not to smoke. One of the most important lifestyle decisions is to quit smoking or choose not to start. Smoking causes cancer, emphysema, and heart disease.

2. Get an annual wellness checkup. Routine blood pressure checks, cancer screenings, and immunizations are all ways that help you stay on the wellness road.

3. Watch your weight. Carrying too much weight increases common disease risks as well as putting stress on your weight-bearing joints, which can contribute to arthritis.

4. Take care of your teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss, and adhere to regular checkups. Poor dental health can affect overall wellness.

5. Pay attention to your emotional well-being. Take time for yourself. The mind and body are naturally linked, and a healthy mental state affects how we handle stress and make choices.

Dare County Animal Shelter

Sealed bids for completion of the Dare County Animal Shelter will be received on February 11, 2020, in the Dare County Administration Building, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo, NC, for 01-Fencing, 03- Concrete, 04-Masonry, 05-Metals/ Steel, 06-Casework, 07-Roofing, 07-Caulking, 08-Glass and Glazing, 08-Doors, Frames and Hardware, 08-Overhead Doors, 09-Drywall, 09-Flooring, 09-Painting, 10- Specialties, 12-Furnishings, 21-Fire Protection, 23-Mechanical & Plumbing, 26-Electrical, 31-Sitework and 32-Landscaping.

This project will be bid and awarded in accordance with North Carolina law. Sealed proposals from Contractors will be received until 1:00 p.m. All bidders must submit for prequalification by 2:00pm on 2/3/2020. Bids submitted by non-prequalified bidders will not be considered. All bids will be opened and read aloud starting at 2:00 p.m. of the bid day. Bids must be delivered in person and on the supplied Bid Form and include a bid deposit worth 5% of the total bid value. Electronic and faxed bids will NOT be accepted or reviewed. All times are local prevailing times.

Information requests concerning the project shall be submitted in writing to: Alex Palagyi of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company via email (alex.palagyi@whiting-turner.com)

Bidding material, prequalification material, and complete plans and specifications may be obtained from the Whiting-Turner Building Connected site and will be available until the bid due date. All subcontractors are responsible for emailing Alex Palagyi (alex.palagyi@whiting-turner.com) for access to the Building Connected site.

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and Dare County reserve the right to reject any and all bids, waive informalities and irregularities in bidding, and to accept bids which are considered to be in the best interest of the County. The Whiting Turner Contracting Company and Dare County also reserve the right to require any bidder to submit information needed to determine if said bidder is responsible within the meaning of N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-129.

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