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Are Your ‘Healthy’ New Year’s Resolutions Doomed to Fail? How to Upgrade Your Goals for 2020

DON’T resolve to lose weight. DO resolve to reach a healthy body fat percentage.

As the body-positivity movement is constantly reminding us, there is no one- size-fits-all number on the scale that we should strive for. Depending on factors like age, gender, and height, one person’s healthy, ideal weight can be another person’s underweight or overweight. Instead of resolving to lose a set number of pounds this year, aim to bring your body fat percentage into the “fitness” range for your gender and age group. Websites like BMI-Calories.com can help you calculate your current body fat and give you a reasonable goal to shoot for.

DON’T resolve to get 8 hours of sleep . DO resolve to go to bed 15 minutes earlier.

It’s hard to change a habit, which is why most people who set ambitious sleep goals are doomed to fail. If you normally go to bed at midnight but need to hit the sack at 10 p.m. in order to get your full eight hours, it will be extremely difficult to shift your routine overnight to make that happen. Instead, try resolving to go to bed just 15 minutes earlier. Such a small change to your routine should be easier to stick to, and once you have a streak going, you can move your goal back another 15 minutes until you reach the ideal amount of rest!

When January hits, it’s easy to tell yourself that last year’s holiday treats and days of sitting on the couch marathoning Hallmark Christmas movies are things of the past. Every time a new year arrives, a fresh start comes with it, which is probably why New Year’s resolutions are so popular, particularly in the health and fitness space. That said, it’s hard to ignore the dismal statistics. According to U.S. News & World Report, a heartbreaking 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. So, what are we doing wrong? Diet and exercise experts suggest it might not be the concept of making resolutions that’s faulty, but the particular resolutions we choose. To set yourself up for success in 2020, check out these smart resolution swaps below.

DON’T resolve to be more organized. DO resolve to meditate every day.

Resolving to get organized without a road map to get there is setting yourself up for failure. If you’ve always been prone to clutter and procrastination, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to change your decades-long habits and become a neat freak all at once. Instead, focus on one area of your life you want to organize, like keeping your desk mess-free, or resolve to change your mindset by adding meditation to your daily routine. According to psychology professor Susan K. Whitbourne, mental and physical clutter are psychologically linked. If you can get your mind organized with a few minutes of peaceful meditation each day, it will be easier to manage the rest of your life.

DON’T resolve to eat less. DO resolve to eat more veggies.

The goal to “eat less” is not only vague (where does one start?) but it can also lead to disordered eating when taken too far. Instead, try setting yourself up for a healthy long-term diet by eating more of a nutrient-dense food group. Your vitamin intake will go up, and you’ll be too full to eat that second slice of cake. “We’re big fans of goals that start with ‘eat more,’” Lauren Slayton, the director of the nutrition counseling service Foodtrainers, told TheHealthy.com. If you already have plenty of vegetables in your diet but are still struggling to eat healthily, try resolving to eat more fruit and probiotic foods or drink more water.

–Dr. Taylor

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SCREEN-TIME STRAT How to Set a Family Media Use P

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SET A CURFEW Limiting the time your children spend staring at a screen is good for their health. Try to keep screen- time usage to under two hours per day. Implement a rule for no screens at mealtimes, and keep all screens out of bedrooms at night. Keep track of the devices by having a communal charging dock in a shared area where you can make sure everything is plugged in for the night. HAVE A CHAT Don’t shy away from warning your kids about what exists in the digital world. Explain to them that certain content isn’t age-appropriate, and teach them what movie and TV ratings mean. Remind them to be careful about what they put on the internet because anything they upload never really goes away. Teach them to be smart with their decisions. Connect with them on social media if it helps you keep an eye on things.

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With 24/7 media exposure from TVs, computers, and smartphones, it feels like life is dominated by screens. Consider implementing a media use plan for your family so they don’t miss out on the real world.

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How to Make Your Benefits Count in 2020

Effective Dental Insurance Strategies

The end of the year often coincides with dental insurance benefit deadlines, so this year get in front of those last-minute headaches. If you get your insurance through your employer, it may be a good idea to review your plan and ensure you get the most out of your benefits. Don’t make last year’s mistakes by missing out on needed appointments, and make a plan for this year that puts your premiums to good use. Here are some tips for making the most of your dental insurance. BE PROACTIVE Many dental plans offer full coverage for preventive care such as cleanings. Not only does this minimize your out-of-pocket contributions, but it keeps more severe (and expensive) health issues from arising. Annual cleanings are a great way to put your benefits to use while staying two steps ahead of cavities and gum disease. SCHEDULE FOLLOW-UPS There’s never a better time to schedule your next appointment than when you’re still in the chair. Talk to your doctor about your dental needs, and work with them to determine when your next appointment should be. Doing this can ensure you stay on track with your care and make the most of your dental plan.

LOOK TO THE FUTURE While 2020 has just begun, you may find that your existing plan doesn’t offer everything that you needed in 2019. Be prepared for your open enrollment period because you might be able to switch to a different level of coverage within your employer’s plan or shop around for individual coverage. Talking to your dentist or orthodontist about your specific needs and risk factors can give you a better idea of the type of plan that will work best for you in the future. You work hard for your insurance and should take advantage of your benefits. Being proactive about your dental health and determining the best plan for your future needs can help you save money and get the most out of your coverage. Above all, remember that the only thing worse than being overinsured is being underinsured.

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Simple Pancakes From Scratch


Inspired by The New York Times

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

Take an active role in what your children watch by co-viewing programs with them. You’ll have a better sense of what they’re seeing and can point them toward the programming that’s right for them. Look for educational media choices that teach good values. There are a lot of great educational opportunities on the internet, but there’s also a lot of room for negative exposure. If this is a concern, keep the family computer in a public part of your home so you can see what they’re accessing online. It’s important to educate your children about proper media health, but it’s even more important to encourage your kids to be healthy in other ways. Beyond the tips mentioned above, encourage them to play outdoors and read physical books so they can participate more actively in the real world. Fizzled Out?

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp sugar, optional

2 eggs

1 3/4 cups milk

Unsalted butter or canola oil, to grease skillet


1. Heat a griddle or skillet to medium-low. 2. In a mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients (including sugar if you like a sweeter pancake). In a separate bowl, beat eggs into milk. Gently stir the liquid ingredients into the dry ones. Mix only until flour is moistened. Clumps are fine. 3. Add some butter or oil to the skillet. If the butter foams or oil shimmers, the temperature is correct. Pour in a pancake of any size, cooking until bubbles form, about 2–4 minutes. 4. Flip and cook other side for 2–4 minutes. Serve warm.

How Seltzer Water Affects Your Oral Health

The latest craze to hit store shelves, bars, and patrons’ glasses is seltzer water. Whether it’s alcoholic or alcohol-free, these light, bubbly drinks have become the go-to for health-conscious consumers who want to elevate their drinks with a little fizz. Health experts have sung seltzer water’s praises for offering the same level of hydration as regular H2O, but dentists haven’t been as quick to agree. NON-ALCOHOLIC CONCERNS Even though your teeth are protected by hard enamel, the items we ingest can damage or destroy it, and seltzer water isn’t innocent. The carbonation that gives these drinks their bubbles also inflates their acidity. Dentists point to a high-acid diet as a contributing factor to enamel erosion, which includes sodas, citrus fruits, and — you guessed it — seltzer water. However, don’t be too quick to throw away your LaCroix. Consuming seltzer water in moderation, a maximum of once per day, and drinking regular water afterward will do little to damage your teeth. Opt for a straw if you want the seltzer to bypass your teeth completely. Keep in mind that this recommendation is for those who have a low-acid diet. If you regularly consume grapefruits, oranges, and lemons, then seltzer water may not be the craze for you. Note: Seltzer water is different than club soda in that seltzer water is purely carbonated by carbon dioxide. Club soda is comprised of other vitamins and minerals, giving it that unpleasant salty taste. Consider your dietary restrictions before you reach for one or the other. ALCOHOLIC CONCERNS If you enjoy the occasional alcoholic seltzer drink, you may have more to worry about than just enamel damage. Alcoholic beverages, including those made with seltzer water, often include high amounts of sugar. These sugars sit on your teeth and eat away at the enamel causing tooth decay, cavities, and pain. For oral and overall health reasons, you should limit your consumption of these drinks. When you do indulge, opt for a straw and rinse your mouth with plain water to remove the fizz and sugar.

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Inside This Issue • How to Upgrade Your New Year’s Resolutions page 1 • Tips to Establish a Family Media Use Plan

• Effective Dental Insurance Strategies page 2

• How Your Teeth React to Seltzer Water

• Simple Pancakes From Scratch page 3

• Pensacola Local Events page 4


The holidays might be drawing to a close after New Year’s, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop celebrating. Enjoy these events to kick off the new decade!

25TH ANNUAL CORDOVA MALL BALL Jan. 25, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Cordova Mall Dress up and don a mask for this Mardi Gras celebration and enjoy a full night of live entertainment, music, and dancing with food and drink stations throughout the mall. Best of all, all attendees will be supporting the sick and injured children at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. Over 25 local restaurants will be serving tapas-sized portions, and there will be live entertainment from three stages! All guests must be 21 or over, and IDs will be checked at the door. Dress is masquerade or black-tie optional.

THE GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA 2020 Feb. 4, 7–9 p.m. National Naval Aviation Museum

LET’S ROAM PENSACOLA SCAVENGER HUNT Anytime Starting Point: 205 Zaragoza St., Pensacola Looking for fun with the whole family? Try this app-led scavenger hunt! Traverse through local landmarks and discover art, history, and culture. Search local plaques, statues, and art to solve riddles that lead you to the next location! Trivia questions and photo challenges are included with extra points for hidden treasures. Each player can have their own special role, starting from children ages 5 and up.

Since 1956, the Glenn Miller Orchestra has been a 19-member group that performs an average of 300 live concerts worldwide every year. Considered one of the greatest bands of all time, this swing jazz band has developed its own unique sound. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy their vibrant tunes in the National Naval Aviation Museum venue, and enjoy a cash bar with an area for dancing. Seating is first- come, first-serve. Light supper will be available at the Cubi Bar Cafe from 5:15–6:45 p.m.

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