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Published on January 01, 2016

Free medical advice for a healthier new year

The Resident News asked local physicians what their one piece of medical advice for a healthier new year would be. Below are some responses from St. Vincent's physicians:

Dr. Saumil Oza, cardiac electrophysiologist & Chief of Cardiology, St. Vincent's Riverside

"Eat more fruits and vegetables, especially a wide variety of green leafy vegetables which are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients that are protective of many chronic diseases."

Dr. Benjamin O'Connell, St. Vincent's Primary Care

"The trick to staying youthful is activity, activity, activity. The more active you are, the more you prevent muscle and bone loss that is normally associated with aging. The more you exercise, the more youthful you will look and feel. Try to come up with at least one way you could incorporate more exercise into your lifestyle. Consider joining a fitness class, get a group of friends and start a bicycling group, start swimming at a local heated pool, or just start with taking a walk each day. Getting a pedometer has been shown to help motivate you to walk more with time and can make exercise more fun. Try to get to the daily 10000 steps and it will help promote weight loss and help you get to your new healthier self. Again, the trick to youthfulness is staying active!"

Dr. Wesley Mills, St. Vincent's Primary Care

"My one tip would be to make sure that everyone sets aside 30 to 45 minutes to exercise 4 to 5 times per week. This will help improve their physical and mental well-being and enhance overall health!!"

Dr. Richard Moore, St. Vincent's Primary Care

"My number one health tip for patients to enjoy a happier and healthier New Year is to not forget about their emotional and spiritual health. Let’s face it: We're living in a time centered around New Year’s resolutions ranging from fad diets, exercise programs, gym memberships, and the stress we put on ourselves to succeed with a vision of immediate results seen before even the end of the month of January. When this fails, people often quit early and put off health until yet another year. Patients often forget that their emotional health drives a large part of their medical health and physical well-being. Remember to DE-STRESS and keep a positive outlook on yourself and your surroundings; have Faith! Keeping mindfulness of one’s emotional and spiritual health will allow them to succeed at their New Year’s goals without feeling like they are a burden. Remember, this is a marathon of life and not a single race; often times the short term gains are not as encouraging, but living a healthier life and being happier doing so will result in a much longer term success on your health and well-being."

View the information on pages 32-33 of the issue here: