What’s Your Resolution?
Did you know that by the end of January, a third of the people that made New Year’s resolutions have already given up? Don’t let that happen to you this year – CCHD has programs that can help!
Quitting smoking is one of the most commonly made resolutions and, many may argue, one of the most difficult to keep. The Montana Tobacco Quit Line can help. The Quit Line’s service will offer up to eight weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (gum, lozenges, or the patch) to enrolled callers. In addition, the Quit Line is also offering financial assistance with other non-nicotine pharmaceutical quitting products. The Quit Line will help provide Chantix for $25 per month and Bupropion (also known as Zyban) for $5 per month with a prescription from the enrollee’s medical provider.
You can access the Quit Line by calling 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visiting www.QuitNowMontana.com.
You may not have time for the gym, but that doesn’t mean you have to let your busy schedules, family and social engagements and work commitments keep you from getting your daily dose of physical activity!
However you spend your days – sitting at a desk, running heavy equipment, chasing after children – physical activity can be a part of your daily routine. You can add physical activity to your days with just a few tweaks and small additions to your schedule.
- Stretch when you get out of bed. Stretching is a great way to get your blood flowing first thing in the morning! Stretching also has many healthful benefits: pain relief, increased energy and flexibility, improved posture, enhanced muscular coordination and stress relief.
- Walk your dog, and instead of slowing your pup down, pick you pace to match his.
- Take more steps each day. Use the stairs instead of taking the elevator or walk down the hall to a coworker’s office rather than sending an email. Park farther from the store or your workplace. Wear a pedometer to keep track of how many steps you take; small changes in your habits can have you walking a mile or more each day!
- Use your work breaks to take a brisk walk or stretch.
- Get your friends and family involved! Go hiking with a friend, take dancing lessons with your spouse or play outside with your kids; your loved ones and your body will appreciate the time you give them!
- Pull out your vacuum, mop and dust rags and clean house.
- Spend time working in your yard or garden or finally tackle that garage/basement/attic cleaning project.
Walking is mentioned in several of the above ideas. That’s because it’s an easy way for your body to reap MAJOR benefits! By walking just 30-45 minutes on most days and eating 100 calories less each day (no mayo on your sandwich a slice less of cheese, diet instead of regular soda), you can lose 10 pounds in a year! You can even break the 30-45 minutes up into smaller, more manageable increments, like 10-15 minutes.
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