Making New Year's resolutions stick: get a buddy

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Think health to make resolutions stick: HealthCheck on Action News at 5 p.m., December 28, 2017 (WPVI)

Think health, not weight, says AMA, and you'll drop pounds easier
If you're making New Year's resolutions on health, the American Medical Association has some suggestions.

First, think about health, not weight - it makes them easier to follow.

Try avoiding sugary drinks, salt, or processed foods.

And aim for 150 minutes of exercise a week.

If you smoke, try quitting again. It increases your chances of success.

Experts say whatever your goal, it's easier to reach if you enlist a partner.

"Probably the most important buddy is the most important thing you can get to sustain healthy change," says Dr. Michael Roizen, of the Cleveland Clinic's wellness center.

The A-M-A also recommends learning more about your risks for diabetes and high blood pressure.

And take responsibility for your medications - follow the prescription instructions, and don't share medications.