Resolutions for cancer survivors

Writing a list for New Year's Resolutions

A renewed focus on your health is a great way to ring in the new year.

It is that time of the year where we reflect and make New Year’s Resolutions. Having cancer may have left you feeling not in control when it came to your health. The following health-minded resolutions aim to give you back some control over your health and help you look forward to better wellness.

  1. Eat out less frequently. Our favorite restaurant foods tend to be higher in fats, sugars and salt than what we would make at home. This new year, cook one more meal at home per week, or choose healtheir options when dining out.
  2. Drink less alcohol. We know that excessive alcohol consumption can lead to cancer recurrences, and drinking less alcohol also helps improve your sleep, mood, weight and immune system. This new year, be more intentional with how, when and why you drink.
  3. Eat whole grains and vegetables regularly. Eating more whole grains and vegetables can help protect against certain cancers. This new year, try a new fruit or vegetable at least once a week.
  4. Take more walks. Physical activity protects against certain cancers. This new year, grab a friend or put on upbeat music and take a walk around the neighborhood most days of the week.
  5. Drink less pop or soda. Beverages with high-fructose corn syrup lead to excess calories which can lead to weight gain. This new year, swap pop for water or seltzer instead.
  6. Schedule other cancer screenings. In 2021, there were two major changes in cancer screening guidelines, recommending that lung and colorectal cancer screenings start at an earlier age than before. Lung screening for current and recent smokers now begins at age 50. Colon cancer screening for most people should now begin at age 45 (younger if you have other risk factors!). Schedule an appointment with your primary care physician to discuss which cancer screenings you need now.
  7. Take time for yourself. Stress is hazardous to our health. This new year, take more time for yourself to do what you enjoy most — spend time with loved ones, meditate, walk, do yoga, breathe.

The Survivorship team wishes everyone a Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year!