A time to change for the better

Another year has passed. It is once again time to reflect on the 12 months and look forward to the New Year. During the holidays, we enjoy celebrating with friends and family. We overeat and drink more than we should. Excuses for overindulgence are as easy to find as holiday cheer.

Following the holidays, either out of penance for all of the indulgences we admit to doing during the season, or out of a sincere willingness to change, we promise ourselves to be better next year. This is a cleansing ritual of self-assessment and repentance that many people go through at the beginning of each year.

As the New Year begins, many people make resolutions in hope that the next year is better than the last. Making a resolution is admirable. Keeping the goals simple, reasonable, and enjoyable will help you achieve them. Eating better, losing weight, helping others, and exercising are four common resolutions, which can change lives for the better.

This issue of Central Florida Health News has information that can help achieve some of these goals. Simple tips on eating right when dining out can help your resolution on losing weight. An easy way to help others is to donate blood. One unit can save up to 3 people.

As always, the physicians of Polk County Medical Association would like to help you safely keep your worthwhile resolutions.

On behalf of the Polk County Medical Association, I would like to wish you and your loved ones a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Arvind B. Soni, MD

Radiation Oncologist at Lakeland Regional Cancer Center

President-Elect, Polk County Medical Association




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