By American Diabetes Association - POSTED ON 11 January 2012
Diet and exercise goals always rank high on New Year’s Resolution lists, but rising food prices and the uncertain state of post-holiday bank accounts leave many to wonder if they can afford to make resolutions this year, let alone stick to them. So if you or a loved one has diabetes, or is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, how can you afford a healthy lifestyle in 2012?
A common misconception with New Year’s resolutions is that improving health and wellness requires a financial investment, such as a gym membership or a new meal plan. It may be very easy to think ‘Why bother making New Year’s resolutions?’ especially in this current economy. But simple — and inexpensive — lifestyle changes can make a big impact in preventing diabetes-related complications and improving health and wellness to prevent disease.
Diabetes affects nearly 26 million people. Weight gain is a major risk factor for pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. In addition, people with diabetes and those at risk for diabetes need to work toward achieving a healthy weight to prevent deadly diabetes complications, such as heart disease and stroke.
The American Diabetes Association offers cost-saving tips to help you adhere to your New Year’s Resolutions:
One free tool the American Diabetes Association offers that can help you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions is MyFoodAdvisor: Recipes for Healthy Living. This new online resource provides you with new recipes, cooking tips, and a meal plan each month. Registration is free and you’ll have access to exclusive recipes and meal plans. Check it out here.
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