HEALTH bosses are encouraging people to make their new start to 2011 a healthy one.
After the excesses of the Christmas celebrations, many people view the New Year as an opportunity to make health changes.
Experts at NHS Yorkshire and the Humber say the most popular resolutions include stopping smoking, eating more healthily, taking more exercise and cutting down on alcohol.
Paul Johnstone, regional director for public health, said: “In January people traditionally pledge to lead healthier lives in the year ahead which is really positive.
“However, sticking to New Year’s resolutions can be tough. Overindulging at Christmas can make you feel guilty and promise to do things that might be difficult to keep up with when you return to your normal routine after the holidays.
“Rather than making lots of resolutions, I recommend focusing on one aspect of your health and setting yourself achievable goals.
“Make sure you also plan a reward to give you something to aim for and help you reach your goal.”
There’s lots of help available to enable people stick to their New Year’s resolutions.
The NHS runs Stop Smoking services and local pharmacists can give advise on nutrition and weight loss.