As we enter a new year, many resolutions can be tough and the only thing harder than making them is sticking to them.
Joseph Marino, a wellness specialist at AtlantiCare provides some tips on achieving a better you.
“Start small is a big one," said Marino. "Anyone trying to do any sort of changes or New Year’s resolutions, you know, start small. If you’re smoking try to reduce your smoking consumption by maybe one cigarette or, you know, maybe do it only a couple times a day as opposed to nonstop."
The AtlantiCare Life Center has opened its doors to those already working hard on their health goals.
Marino says AtlantiCare is known to host community events throughout the year, support groups, and community lectures to keep patients motivated to reach their goals.
AtlantiCare has also enhanced their work environment to help their own employees stay on the right track.
“We have ahydroponic tower so we encourage people to kind of use thehydroponic tower and pluck some vegetables or spices from it," said Marino. "Here at AtlantiCare we’ll actually take those and offer it to other employees around there, and we’ll regularly re-seed it so there’s either new things or different things and that way it’s ready to go."
He also provides a few extra tips that apply to anyone attempting to achieve a healthier lifestyle.
“We want you to be healthy, we don’t want you to just lose weight, so we do recommend getting the nutrients that you want, so we recommend a healthy diet," said Marino. "Eat more greens, leafy greens you know, make sure you’re drinking your water. Generally, the population eats more protein than what’s required so we usually try to get that down a little bit smaller and fill in those extra calories with greens, vegetables, fruits and sort of things like that."