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How to set obtainable health goals for the New Year

January 04, 2017
Kathryn Jobbins MD

A New Year, a new you… it’s that time of year again. 

Many begin a new year by making resolutions to improve their health. Often, even with the best of intentions, many goals get put aside as the month of January passes.

Set attainable goals

“While weight loss, health screenings, and stress reduction are among some of the best ways to achieve and maintain better health, creating a plan that is manageable is the key to success,” said Dr. Kathryn Jobbins, MS, DO, primary care provider at Baystate Wing Hospital. “I encourage my patients to look at the New Year as a time to set small, attainable goals that they can maintain throughout the year, that will also that will lead to long term success and better health.”   

“Walking is one of the easiest ways to get more activity into your day, lose weight and become healthier,” said Dr. Jobbins. “While joining a gym is great, simply committing to walk 150 minutes a week is very effective."

The current guidelines from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Heart Association call for 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week to build and maintain health and fitness.

Keep a Goals Journal

In addition, Dr. Jobbins also reassures that keeping a daily journal will help keep you on track and achieve goals. 

“Whether you want to lose weight, quit smoking, or reduce stress, your healthcare provider can suggest additional resources such as support groups, reading material, or if appropriate, medications or aids that can help,” said Dr. Jobbins. “Getting advice from your primary care provider and support from friends and family is a great way to keep your New Year health resolutions going all year long.” 

Focus on your health

The New Year is a great time to make an appointment for an annual exam and include your physician in your health goals for the year. For those that don’t have a primary care provider, the best time to choose a doctor is before you need one.

Over time, your health care needs may change or you may face a new health challenge. The relationship you have with your healthcare provider, who knows you and your medical history can lead to a better overall outcome that will protect your health.

Schedule an appointment

Dr. Jobbins is currently accepting new patients.

She joins Dr. Anthony Acquista, Dr. Khaled Abdelkader, Dr. Mohammad Khan, and physician assistant Lindsey Morin providing comprehensive primary care services for the individuals and families in the region.

For more information or to schedule an appointment call the Baystate Primary Care - Palmer at 413-370-5400.