This is the time of year when our thoughts turn to New Year’s resolutions.These often revolve around some form of how we look: I will lose weight, hit the gym and get buffed or grow something, shave something off, etc. Looking good can make you feel good, so there is no harm here at all. However, I would like to suggest a different kind of resolution for the new year—a safer more responsible year ahead.

If you want to improve your health in 2010, focus on improving your diet. By incorporating the following items in your everyday meals, you’ll be adding foods that provide a good source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients that help reduce your risk of heart disease and other health conditions.

National Vaccination Week 2010

Governor Charlie Crist today encouraged Floridians to get vaccinated for both the seasonal and H1N1 Swine Flu during National Influenza Vaccination Week, taking place January 10 – 16, 2010. Governor Crist and State Surgeon General Dr. Ana Viamonte Ros highlighted the importance of influenza vaccination by launching a statewide campaign, “Spread the Word, Not the Flu.”

“By being responsible with your own health, you are helping keep your friends, family and community healthy,” said Governor Crist. “I encourage all Floridians to be vigilant throughout the year and use the simple, common-sense precautions that help reduce the spread of the seasonal and H1N1 flu.”

Etz Chaim, a Jewish congregation for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders and anyone else who fits into their ‘Jews of the Rainbow’ slogan has just finished celebrating its 35th anniversary. Congregants are optimistic a new year and a new rabbi will galvanize increased membership and support for the gay and Jewish community in and around Wilton Manors. Last December, the congregation promoted openly gay Rabbi Noah Kitty to full-time experimental status from her previous role as a volunteer. While the congregation’s Board will formally decide upon her permanent tenure in May, President Robin Gross and Rabbi Kitty have both noticed a rebirth of energy and excitement throughout the congregation.

Overweight if You Mate
By Nicholas Bakalar/New York Times

The New York Times reports it is widely known that women tend to gain weight after giving birth, but now a large study has found evidence that even among childless women, those who live with a mate put on more pounds than those who live without one.  The differences, the scientists found, were stark.

After adjusting for other variables, the 10-year weight gain for an average 140-pound woman was 20 pounds if she had a baby and a partner, 15 if she had a partner but no baby, and only 11 pounds if she was childless with no partner. The number of women with a baby but no partner was too small to draw statistically significant conclusions. There is no reason to believe that having a partner causes metabolic changes, so the weight gain among childless women with partners was almost surely caused by altered behavior. Moreover, there was a steady weight gain among all women over the 10 years of the study.

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