Make health your New Year’s resolution.
Many Toronto residents are likely considering their New Year’s resolutions for 2013 and improving health is sure to be the focus of many of them. Toronto Public Health (TPH) can help individuals achieve their health goals.
Want to quit smoking? Talk to a nurse at 416-338-7974 to get started. TPH is offering 1,000 free quit kits, which include sugarless gum, a stress ball, a toothbrush and other tools to help you through your cravings.
If exercise is your goal, start by walking more. You can count your steps with the aid of a pedometer lending program presented through Toronto’s public libraries. Walk on local trails and in parks, walk inside a mall, or join a walking tour to explore the city and its neighbourhoods.
After all the holiday indulging, the start of the new year is an opportune time to get back on track with healthier eating. TPH advises starting by cutting down on portion sizes. Read labels for calorie counts and for fat and sodium content. Toronto residents and visitors can also ask restaurant staff for the nutritional information diners need to make healthier meal choices, or can check for the information online when they order take-out or make a reservation. TPH’s registered dieticians can answer nutrition questions to help individuals meet their healthy eating goals.