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5 Ways to Kick off the New Year with changes that will stick

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Happy New Year! The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to reflect on last year’s successes and determine where we want to make personal and professional improvements for the coming year. Resolutions are not often kept, but committing to making lifestyle changes to keep yourself and your family healthier and more active is a surefire way to be successful in the longrun.

Check out these five ways to kick off the New Year with changes that will stick:

  1. Get back to the basics of cooking meals at home rather than ordering in from restaurants. Cooking meals with local, fresh ingredients is important for everyone. Cooking meals at home can help you stay healthy while connecting with your family and friends as you share in the joy of cooking and eating the delicious meals. Get inspired from some of these healthy, fun and delicious recipes and subscribe to the Let’s Cook mailing list to get recipes sent to your inbox regularly.
  2. Get moving. The recommended level of physical activity for Canadian children and youth is 60 minutes per day. Learning to be active at a young age is important and it sets the tone for a lifelong relationship with healthy lifestyles. It’s easy to want to hibernate in the cold winter months but exercise, fresh air and vitamin D are vital to our overall health and wellbeing. Did you know York Region is home to many hectares of Greenbelt and the Oak Ridges Moraine? The York Regional Forest is open 365 days a year at no cost. Explore over 120 kilometers of trails that are open to the public – you never know what you might find! Be sure to check the temperature before you head outside to ensure there are no extreme cold weather advisories. More resources can be found at york.ca/extremecold
  3. Healthy lifestyles are not just meant for your home – bring your new healthy attitude to your workplace and enjoy the benefits of a clear mind, a healthy diet and physical activity all day long. If your workplace does not have dedicated workplace nutrition and wellness programs, perhaps this could be a good opportunity for you to share some to promote overall employee wellness – check out these resources and get started!
  4. Planning a getaway? Vacations can be a helpful way to relax and re-charge. Let York Region help you stay healthy while you travel. Learn how to get ready for your trip and what to do while travelling to avoid getting sick. A change of scenery can be a really good thing, but make sure you do it safely.
  5. Make a positive impact on the environment. There are many ways to decrease your family’s carbon footprint and protect our beautiful community:
    • Be more conscious about what you do with food scraps and paper products – did you know compostable materials like food scraps and soiled paper products can be put in the green bin? Local
      municipalities in York Region collect green bin material weekly and deliver it to York Region for processing. To see if a specific item is accepted in the green bin, please use the Bindicator. See how composting can be made easy and fun for the whole family.
    • Protect your pipes! Safe disposal of fats, oils and grease (FOG) protects your pipes from clogging and helps to protect your property. For more information about FOG, visit york.ca/fog
    • In York Region we have access to safely managed sanitation. Our Region remains committed to protecting our water sources and infrastructure for having clean, safe affordable water for our growing communities. Flushing items that don’t belong down our toilets and drains can lead to backups in our homes, problems at our wastewater treatment facilities and can even cause sewage to overflow into our lakes and rivers. There are countless items that should never be flushed and only three things that can be flushed – number “1”, number “2” and toilet paper. Visit york.ca/idontflush for more.

What are some positive changes you plan on making this year? We want to hear from you. Share your ideas with us on social media by using the hashtag #loveyr.



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