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Take the first steps to better health in 2016

Mike Carville, co-owner of South Yuba Club, has co-created a one-day “Lifestyle Reboot” event with local partners to kick-start new healthy habits.
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“Know that changes in the way you look or feel may not happen as rapidly as you would like. But the results of improved health are well worth the wait.”

Lifestyle Reboot: Saturday, Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Nevada City branch of South Yuba Club, 555 Searls Ave. Free.

10 a.m.-12 p.m. — Demos: Exercise classes and functional movement clinics

11 a.m.-12 p.m. — Lifestyle Workshop: Hands-on, step-by-step workshop to develop a healthy exercise and nutrition plan for 2016

10 a.m.- 2 p.m. — Vendor demos and club tours

Life Changes, Not Diets: How to Create Healthy & Sustained Weight Loss: Monday, Jan. 4, 5:3-7 p.m.

Forgo fad diets and crash weight loss methods, and explore practical and sustainable lifestyle changes that can help you maintain a healthy body weight and promote healthy living for years to come. Email SNMHWellness@snmh.dignityhealth.org or call 530-274-6124 to pre-register

Fee: $10 payable at registration.

This week we close the chapter on 2015 and begin to look ahead at 2016. For many, the start of a new year signifies a time to start fresh and set goals for self-improvement, better health and perhaps less stressful living.

If improved health is at the top of your New Year’s resolutions, Dr. Brian Evans, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital (SNMH), recommends keeping it simple with four words: commitment, goals, planning, and resources.

“Making a commitment to a healthier life is a big step, and a great gift to yourself and your family,” he said. “It all begins there.”

He shares that identifying your objective is paramount to achieving your goals.

“Health goals aren’t just important — they’re mandatory. If you want to play with those grandkids, take that trip, or avoid doctors like me, then this is the time to get serious.”

Evans added that, typically, people with the most realistic view of their current health and what can be achieved in a period of time are the most likely to succeed at wellness goals.

In many cases, achieving a health goal can improve other areas of life as well.

For example, by improving one’s nutrition, a person might discover increased energy, improved sleep and more self-confidence.

Knowing what actions to take is the next important step to achieving your goals. There are several new local resources designed to kick off your health goal plans this year that you may want to investigate.

Lifestyle Reboot is a free community event sponsored by The Union and South Yuba Club that will provide tools and information to create healthy, successful and permanent lifestyle changes.

The event includes health and wellness presenters, free classes, demos and screenings. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Nevada City branch of South Yuba Club.

“Most people know what they want to accomplish, like losing weight or starting an exercise program. They just aren’t sure how to accomplish their plan. It’s a ‘how’ problem, rather than a ‘what’ to do problem,” says Mike Carville, certified Fitness Coach and co-owner of South Yuba Club.

“At the free Lifestyle Reboot event on Jan. 9th, I’ll be working hands-on with participants to develop their own ‘how’ plan focused on exercise, nutrition and accountability so they can reach their health and wellness goals for 2016.”

If your resolution is focused on healthy eating habits, then a new class offered through SNMH Wellness could also help.

“Life Changes Not Diets: How to Create Healthy and Sustained Weight Loss” will be led by Registered Dietician Noel Branch from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, and will offer information about sustainable lifestyle changes.

Evans believes that healthy eating is not only important, but also very simple. “You can always find books available about special diets,” he said, “but the easiest advice is to make sure you are eating a mostly plant-based diet, avoiding processed foods and beverages, and keeping the quantities reasonable.”

Evans also reminds us of the importance of staying active. He suggests finding low-impact activities that you find enjoyable as well as convenient.

“Set up a plan that is achievable and has a low likelihood of injury,” he said. “Walking is probably the best option for many older adults, but there are other low-impact activities, such as yoga classes or swimming.”

Whatever your first step toward improved health may be, Evans encourages you to take it.

He advises anyone embarking on lifestyle change to consult first with their personal physician, who can help assess health status and set realistic goals.

“Know that changes in the way you look or feel may not happen as rapidly as you would like. But the results of improved health are well worth the wait.”

All physicians providing care for patients at SNMH are members of the medical staff and are independent practitioners, not employees of the hospital.

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