As the new year unfolds, the tradition of setting new year resolutions takes centre stage. Many resolve to lose weight, save money, or learn a new skill. While these aspirations are undoubtedly valuable, there exists another resolution that should be at the forefront of every individual’s mind in 2024 and that’s prioritising preventive healthcare.
More than a mere resolution, prioritising preventive healthcare is a commitment to safeguarding overall health and well-being. Curious about the pivotal role that preventive healthcare plays in your well-being? Read on to discover!
In a world where health is equivocally regarded as wealth, preventive healthcare emerges as the linchpin for proactively addressing health issues before they escalate into serious concern, or become difficult to treat. According to WHO, in India, there are a whopping 77 million people above the age of 18 years suffering from non-communicable diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Also, an estimated 25 million are at a heightened risk of developing diabetes in the near future, with projections soaring to 135 million by 2045.
Thus, to shield yourself from becoming a statistic and actively contribute to reducing these numbers, it’s critical you make preventive healthcare your top priority. And what better time than a new year to embark on a journey towards better health, making sincere promises, not to others, but to yourself. To guide you on this transformative path, we have curated a list of health resolutions to kickstart your journey towards a thriving and fulfilling year ahead.
While it is common for people to make New Year’s resolutions, however, it is also common for many to break them. Therefore, when it comes to resolutions, setting realistic goals is key. Rather than aiming for drastic shifts, focus on milestones that are attainable. Small yet consistent efforts over time lead to lasting positive results. Below are a few realistic goals that can enable you to live a longer, healthier life.
In the hustle of your daily lives, physical activity often takes a backseat. Therefore, the first and the foremost resolution you can make to yourself to stay healthy is to get moving. In fact, the American Health Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate and high-intensity workouts weekly to stay fit and healthy. Regular exercise not only aids in effectively managing your weight but also plays an integral role in improving your cardiovascular health, as well as, mental well-being.
The significance of your healthy eating and dietary patterns in reducing the risk of non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke cannot be overstated. Healthy eating not just involves what you eat, it also involves how you eat. Choosing nutrient-dense foods, controlling portion sizes and being mindful of what you consume can have a profound impact on your overall health. Therefore, make sure that you get recommended servings of fruits and vegetables each day because these are low in calories and fat, high in fibre and rich sources of vitamins and minerals.
Adequate and quality sleep plays a pivotal role in enhancing cognitive functions, concentration and overall mental acuity. When well-rested, individuals experience heightened alertness, improved decision-making abilities, increased efficiency and enhanced productivity. In contrast, insufficient or poor-quality sleep leads to fatigue, reduced productivity and chronic health conditions such as obesity, heart disease, depression and type 2 diabetes. Recognizing the profound impact of sleep on your physical, mental and emotional health, CDC recommends that adults aged 18 to 60 years should aim for at least 7 hours of sleep to maintain optimal health.
Smoking stands as a foremost risk factor for preventable deaths, contributing to over 7 million global fatalities in 2019, primarily due to heart disease, respiratory issues, and lung cancer. Evolving into an epidemic, both active and passive smoking takes a significant toll on health, elevating the risk of lung cancer, respiratory complications, cardiovascular diseases, and various other health issues. The immediate health benefits of quitting smoking are substantial, including enhanced lung function, improved taste and smell, and increased energy levels. Beyond the physical advantages, quitting positively impacts mental health, leading to a reduction in stress levels.
Tip: As a New Year’s resolution, quitting smoking requires determination and support. If previous attempts have proven challenging, seeking assistance from healthcare professionals, support groups, or smoking cessation programs can significantly enhance your likelihood of success. Consider this resolution not only as a commitment to your physical well-being but as a transformative step toward a healthier, happier life.
Amidst the hustle of balancing work, home and daily life, your health often takes a backseat. Despite the chaos, prioritising your health and well-being is essential. By incorporating regular health screenings into your routine, you empower yourself with a comprehensive understanding of your health status. Rather than addressing health concerns after they have escalated, regular health checkups enable you to identify and manage potential issues before they become serious. This not only contributes to better health outcomes but also potentially reduces the overall healthcare costs associated with treating chronic conditions.
Preventive healthcare is not just a resolution, it is a lifestyle. Embracing a holistic approach to health and making the lifestyle changes in 2024 and beyond sets the stage for a longer, healthier, happier life. If you find yourself struggling to find time for hospital visits in your busy schedule, digital healthcare has made accessing healthcare services more convenient and affordable than ever.
We at India Health Link bring preventive healthcare closer to you with our revolutionary health kiosk, hPod. With its sleek design and user-friendly interface, hPod is not just a device; it’s a guardian of your well-being. ABDM-compliant and UHI-integrated, hPod screen 22 health parameters, providing instant digital health reports, enabling teleconsultations, and supporting real-time monitoring.
Complementing hPod is the hCare app, an integrated platform that empowers you to take control of your health journey. It enables proactive management of potential health issues such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, etc. before they progress into chronic conditions. With features like health tracking, personalised recommendations, and teleconsultation scheduling, hCare ensures that your preventive healthcare experience is seamless and comprehensive.To learn more, visit www.indiahealthlink.com.
Cheers to a year of well-being and vitality!