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Dr. Paula Walker discusses how to be a better you this year

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Dr. Paula Walker with Chuck Leonard and Chandi Lowry. Dr. Paula Walker with Chuck Leonard and Chandi Lowry.
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The CDC encourages everyone to make 2014 a "Happy You Year."

Dr. Paula Walker from Columbus State University has some tips to help boost your health and well-being this year. Here are five easy strategies you can start today:

  1. Eat a healthy and balanced diet. Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet. They help provide you with more antioxidants and give you the vitamins you need to keep your body running efficiently.
  2. Drink more water (it actually helps your metabolism). Limit or eliminate your soda intake. Those extra calories from soda and juice add up quickly and they can cause you to gain weight.  
  3. Commit to be fit. Try to engage in some physical activity 30 minutes a day most days of the week. You can start by taking the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator. Those little steps go a long way
  4. Get regular health screenings. Women should start getting mammograms at the age of 40, and also get pap smears done every year as well. Men should also get their prostates examined annually. They should also start getting colonoscopies starting at the age of 50. If the results come back negative, then you won't have to get another one for 10 more years.
  5. Get enough sleep. Studies show that getting enough sleep reduces your risk of developing chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes.

Watch the video for more details.

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