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    Tips For a Healthy New Year!


    Happy New Year to you and your family from Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH). Many will begin the 2013 with a resolution to live healthier. JCPH has a few tips to help you stay on track and keep your resolution for years to come.

    Will you quit smoking or other forms of tobacco this year?

    For support and help with moving forward without tobacco, check out the resources listed below:

    • Colorado Quitline - 1-(800) QUIT NOW – This service offers free phone coaching over multiple sessions to help you quit with a trained cessation specialist. It also includes help to get nicotine patches. You can also visit them on Face Book.
    • The American Legacy Foundation’s “Become an Ex”web-based support offers another free resource for those ready to quit.
    • For Spanish speaking residents, please visit Espanol.smokefree.gov.
    • Women can get support by visiting Smoke free Women online.
    • Kaiser Permanente has a series of free webinars to support quitting. Break Free for Life, Freedom from Tobacco, and Quit Tobacco Successfully are designed for the busy person who wants to customize their own plan and get ongoing support.
    • For spit or chew tobacco users, try www.mylastdip.com for a self-help approach to quitting.
    • High school students wanting help with quitting should check with their school counselor or contact the American Lung Association of Colorado about Not On Tobacco groups. This 10 session program helps teens with skills and resources to navigate the quitting process and stay quit. Visit www.notontobacco.com or call the Colorado office of American Lung at (303) 388-4327.
    • Get more resources on how to quit here.

     

    A resolution to quit could be one of the best decisions you ever made. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco and tobacco smoke harm nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and affecting the health of tobacco users in general. But there is good news for those who work on quitting and find success. . Quitting tobacco has immediate as well as long-term benefits for you and your loved ones. Don’t give up and don’t be afraid to ask for help or utilize the resources listed above! For more information on tobacco, please visit us online at www.jeffco.us/health.

    Maybe you’ve decided to lose a few pounds.

    One way to cut back on calories is to look at the drinks you consume. It is easy to lose track of the calories you are consuming in the drinks you have. Cutting back on sugary drinks can cut over 600 calories a day! Check the nutrition label on your drink. What you find may surprise you. Get more information about the calories in your drink by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) here. Skipping your soda 2 times a day and replacing it with water can save up to 284 calories every single day!

    On a side note, if you are watching the drinks you consume, you may also want to pay attention to your caffeine intake. Especially when it comes to energy drinks. Keep in mind that these drinks are not only loaded with caffeine but other stimulants like vitamin B and sugar. For more information, see the Jefferson County Public Health brochure on caffeine.

    Getting Active is a great way to kick off the New Year!

    In Jefferson County, we are very lucky to have the Rocky Mountains right outside our back door. Starting 2013 with some outdoor physical activity can improve your health. It can lower your blood pressure, your risk of heart disease and even some cancers. It may even be the answer to your sleepless nights and low energy levels. Did you know that, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services, less than half of all adults get enough physical activity to improve their health. For more information on getting active here in Jefferson County, visit www.JeffcoOutdoors.org.



    Nancy Braden
    Public Health Communications
    303-239-7137
    nbraden@jeffco.us

    January 2, 2013


    Last Updated: 6-5-2013