Revitalise Your Well-Being: 8 New Year Resolutions for a Happier and Healthier You
16th January 2024
Everyone desires a long and healthy life, and the key lies in adopting a proactive approach to our well-being. Start the New Year with our top 8 health resolutions designed to pave the way for a healthier and happier you!
1. Schedule a Dental Checkup
Kick off the year with a brighter smile by scheduling a teeth cleaning and exam. Did you know that 97.5% of adults in Hong Kong aged 35 to 44 have a history of tooth decay? Regular dental checkups can help detect and prevent oral health issues, ensuring a lifetime of healthy smiles. Gum disease isn't just a dental issue—it's linked to serious health risks like coronary artery disease, dementia, diabetes, fertility issues, respiratory infections, and rheumatoid arthritis. Prioritizing oral health is key to overall well-being.
2. Get Your Eyes Checked
Take care of your vision early on—17% of P.1 students in Hong Kong are short-sighted, and this percentage rises to a staggering 53% by P.6. Regular eye exams not only detect eye diseases but also allow for the timely correction of vision changes. Adults should aim for an eye exam every one to two years, especially if there's a family history of eye disease or if corrective lenses are worn.
3. Schedule a General Health Check-up
Prioritize your well-being by scheduling a comprehensive health checkup. Detect potential health issues before they escalate; most non-communicable diseases are more preventable and less fatal in their early stages. Plus, blood tests can identify deficiencies and allergies, providing an opportunity for corrective actions through diet or supplements.
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4. Check Your Health Insurance Coverage
Navigating Hong Kong's private health system can be costly. Ensure you have sufficient medical coverage and understand the terms of your insurance policy. If in doubt, seek assistance from one of our insurance advisors at ALEA to clarify your coverage and find better options for yourself, your family, or your team.
5. Test Your DNA for Health Insights
Explore the world of genetic testing to identify early signs of diseases. Convenient DNA testing kits, like those offered by our partner Circle DNA in Hong Kong, can provide insights into cancer risk, dietary needs, and optimal fitness requirements, all with a simple saliva swab.
6. Eat More Plant-based Foods, Help the Environment
Contribute to a healthier planet and lifestyle by incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet. Beyond reducing your carbon footprint, embracing a plant-based diet can enhance your overall well-being, aligning both personal and environmental health goals.
7. Learn How to Manage Stress
In the bustling city of Hong Kong, stress is a constant companion. You can actively manage stress through techniques such as regular exercise, breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, and healthy lifestyle habits. Prioritize your mental health, and if needed, seek support from a therapist or psychologist.
8. Try Alternative/Natural Medicines
Explore alternative therapies like naturopathy, homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, meditation, and kinesiology. These approaches are known to support natural healing and contribute to one’s overall well-being, helping manage issues like stress, depression, and anxiety.
This New Year, embark on a journey towards a healthier and more vibrant you by embracing these resolutions. Your well-being is a lifelong investment, and these simple steps can make a significant impact on your health and happiness. Cheers to a rejuvenated and fulfilling 2024 ahead!