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Even with so much uncertainty before us, this New Year can still be a good time to make some healthy resolutions.
“Among the many lessons reinforced during the pandemic is that our health is absolutely foundational — as individuals, communities and as a country,” said APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin, MD. “As we leave 2020 behind and prepare for the opportunities and challenges ahead, let’s use the yearly resolution tradition to remember we all have a role to play in building a healthier future.”
As this New Year approaches, pick a few actionable items within your control that can improve your own health. For example, pledge to wear a mask, keep washing your hands and keep your distance. Individual health choices such as, making healthier food choices, avoiding tobacco, getting a flu shot and incorporating more physical activity into your daily routine will make a real difference.
Do not forget to make an appointment for your health check-ups and preventive screenings. Pledge to stay safely connected with family and friends. Set an intention to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to you and pledge to keep wearing a mask even after getting vaccinated. Get active advocating within your community for better health, by using your voice to support policies that promote access to care, eliminating health inequities, building a strong public health system and improving the environment.
For free educational resources on a wide variety of health and prevention topics, both in English and Spanish, visit APHA Get Ready and Healthy You from The Nation’s Health newspaper.
The American Public Health Association champions the health of all people and all communities. We are the only organization that combines a nearly 150-year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health. Learn more at www.apha.org.