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Deming: Here are some healthy New Year’s resolutions you can actually keep

Annika Deming
For The Tribune

Every year people all over the world resolve to be better in the new year.

Usually those New Year's resolutions involve some kind of self-improvement such as eating healthier or going to the gym more often. Unfortunately, with all of our good intentions it is estimated that by the second week of February 80 percent of resolutions will fail.

This year, Banner Health encourages you to think outside the box with these five easily achievable New Year's resolutions you'd never think of but should.

"These five simple tips can make a tremendous impact, some for other people and others just for you," said Gay Brewer, physician assistant at Banner Health.

Become an organ or marrow donor

Every 10 minutes, someone in the United States is added to the national transplant waiting list. Becoming a donor is quick and easy, and you'll feel good knowing that you can save a life.

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"When you choose to become an organ donor, you are potentially giving a gift to many people," Brewer said. "As a donor, you could give everything from the gift of life to the gift of sight and so much more."

Become a donor at or You can also become a donor locally through Donate Life Colorado, you can register online or when you renew your driver's license.

Know your family's health history

While you can't change your genetics, knowing your family's history can help you take action to reduce your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes or cancer.

This year, sit down with your family and talk about their health histories. Brewer suggests also using this time to discuss future health care wishes. This can be a difficult conversation to have, but Banner Health is here to help.

Ask your provider for a copy of "Your Right to Make Healthcare Decisions." It will help you make these decisions and it provides you with an easy form to record your decisions.

Commit to getting enough and better sleep

Sleep is essential to your overall health as well as your daytime alertness and productivity.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 3 adults get less than seven hours of sleep — the minimum length of time recommended for adults. Just as important as getting enough sleep, is getting quality sleep.

Improve your "sleep hygiene" by sticking to a sleep schedule, practicing a relaxing bedtime ritual away from electronic devices, and avoiding caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes and heavy meals in the evening.

Make a doctor's appointment, even when you're healthy

Scheduling an annual wellness visit with your doctor is a great way to keep track of important health stats like blood pressure and cholesterol and ensure there are no other potential issues.

It's also important to schedule separate preventive care appointments such as a mammogram, prostate cancer testing, or an annual gynecological visit. For many insurance plans, wellness visits are covered in full.

Floss daily

Your dentist probably asks you every six months if you've been flossing every day.

If you're like 6 of 10 Americans (according to the American Dental Association), the answer is probably no. But did you know that practicing good oral hygiene does more than just keep your mouth healthy?

It can also reduce your risk for diabetes and heart disease.

These resolutions may not seem as impressive as traditional ones, but by committing to smaller, more attainable resolutions you'll see a lasting impact on your overall health and wellbeing.

— Annika Deming is a client support manager for WildRock Public Relations and Markeing. She wrote this on behalf of Banner Health.