Molina Healthcare Shares Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for 2013
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- December 27, 2012
J. Mario Molina, MD, the president and chief executive officer for Molina
Healthcare, shares his tips to help make 2013 healthier, happier and
Break down your goals. By breaking down your goals into simple daily
actions you can reduce stress, save money, organize your life, lose
1. weight, or do more of whatever makes you happy. Create a list of
short-term goals or milestones that will help you stay motivated to
accomplish your ultimate long-term goals.
Protect your smile. Most of us don't seem to floss as often as we
should, but proper flossing is one of the most important
2. contributing factors to a long life. Poor gum health can be linked
to heart disease and diabetes. If you’re not already flossing at
least once a day, start by gradually increasing the number of days
you floss your teeth each week until you’re flossing every day.
Double up on veggies. The benefits associated with eating more
vegetables stack up quickly. They may help reduce the risk of many
3. diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and some
cancers. Try to include at least two vegetable servings in each
dinner meal and consider a vegetarian or vegan meal as a way to try
out new and unfamiliar vegetables.
Be more social. Thanks to social media, many of us spend a lot of
time interacting with family and friends through our phones and
4. computers. Make an effort to get actual “face time” with your family
and friends. Plan a weekend trip away with friends, have a family
game night, or even a picnic in the park.
Step it up. Go for a walk or work out at the gym for at least 20
minutes three times a week. As you build up your stamina, add an
5. extra five or ten minutes or extra days until you are walking at
least 10,000 steps a day. A pedometer that counts your steps can be
helpful. Aim for at least 10,000 steps a day. It sounds like a lot,
but you may be surprised at how quickly the steps add up.
Pay it forward. Even if it’s just your time and not your money, try
to give back to the community. Select an organization that you would
like to get involved in and volunteer your time or resources.
6. Whether you spend time helping out at your local homeless shelter,
collecting canned goods for a food pantry or building a house, there
are many non-profit organizations that could use your help. Not only
does it have a positive impact on others, but it will have that
effect on you too.
Stay hydrated. The amount of water you drink directly impacts your
body temperature, metabolism and breathing, and can also prevent
7. heartburn, migraines, gastritis and ulcers (to name a few). If the
recommended eight glasses of water each day sounds a little
intimidating, start by increasing your intake by two glasses a week
until you’ve reached eight glasses a day.
Protect your financial health. If you’re in control of your
8. finances, you will likely be less stressed and healthier. The key is
to make a monthly budget and stick to it. Keep track of where you
spend your money and identify where you can cut back.
De-clutter your home. Did you know that having clutter around your
house can cause stress and actual harm? Benefits of simplifying and
9. reducing clutter in your life include more rest, better
relationships, easier house management and a better daily mood.
Start small with one room or closet in your house, and you will soon
find the more you de-clutter, the happier you feel.
Stay motivated. The key to successfully accomplishing one goal after
10. another is staying motivated. But how? Make your tasks fun by
changing up your normal routine, recognize your progress and reward
yourself when you accomplish your goals!
About Molina Healthcare
Molina Healthcare, Inc., a FORTUNE 500 company, provides quality and
cost-effective Medicaid-related solutions to meet the health care needs of
low-income families and individuals and to assist state agencies in their
administration of the Medicaid program. Our licensed health plans in
California, Florida, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Utah, Washington and
Wisconsin currently serve approximately 1.8 million members, and our
subsidiary, Molina Medicaid Solutions, provides business processing and
information technology administrative services to Medicaid agencies in Idaho,
Louisiana, Maine, New Jersey, and West Virginia, and drug rebate
administration services in Florida. More information about Molina Healthcare
is available at www.molinahealthcare.com.
Molina Healthcare, Inc.
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