The perfect time to take action to lead a healthier life

28 December 2016 | Healthy living

Sharon is part of the Health Information team at World Cancer Research Fund

The new year is the perfect time to reflect on the past 12 months and plan for an even better year to come.

Some of us will use it as an opportunity to take up a new hobby, learn a new skill or perhaps improve our finances.

However, the majority of us want to be healthier. In fact, losing weight, getting fit and eating more healthily are the UK’s top New Year’s resolutions according to a survey.

I’ve asked some of the staff here at World Cancer Research Fund about their New Year’s resolutions. If their goals are similar to yours, we have some top tips that might just help you succeed!

Getting active

HR duo Gwen and Passant (pictured above) have decided to team up and get active together – buddying up with someone and following a set plan is a great way to motivate you to achieve your goals.

  • Our Move More booklet has lots of great information about how being active can reduce your cancer risk and improve your health
  • Our exercise calorie calculator helps you to see how many calories your new health kick will burn

Cutting down on drinking

Press officer Lucy has decided to cut down on the amount of alcohol she drinks.

Aiming to drink less is often far more effective than going cold turkey – if you aim to cut out something from your diet completely, chances are it will be tough to keep all the promises you’ve made.

Eating well

Ross from our digital team has a goal of eating an extra portion of fruit and veg each day.

This is a realistic goal that anyone can start working towards right away. Whether it’s adding a handful of berries to your breakfast or having a side salad with your meal, they all add up – fresh, frozen, canned and dried all count.

  • The Eat Well booklet gives lots of tips to help you make gradual changes to your diet
  • Cook up one of our delicious healthy recipes
  • To see what counts as a portion, take a look at our 5-a-day guide
Sharon Hui | 28 December 2016

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