CHICAGO, Ill. -- 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.
Making New Year's resolutions stick: get a buddy
Think health, not weight, says AMA, and you'll drop pounds easier
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