Orleans Community Health lists 5 health-conscious goals for residents in new year

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 6 January 2022 at 9:36 am

MEDINA – Marc Shurtz, CEO of Orleans Community Health, has issued five health conscious goals which he deems achievable for 2022.

Marc Shurtz

“It’s that time of year again,” Shurtz said. “We’re all thinking about the personal goals we want to achieve over the next 12 months, and in many cases trying to become more successful than the year before. Determining how these New Year’s resolutions can be sustainable beyond January is a challenging goal, and making sure they reflect a healthy lifestyle must be a priority. Simply say you plan to lose weight by going on a diet might not be the healthiest path forward.”

The focus on the community’s collective health has never been greater, Shurtz added. The team at Orleans Community Health has put together five health conscious goals for 2022 – which are achievable.

1. Be a blood donor: A suggestion from Anne Kawski, laboratory director, is to become a blood donor. It’s no secret we’re faced with a blood shortage. To make things worse, only around 37% of Americans can donate. So for those who are in that 37%, here’s an opportunity to make a difference. Plain and simple, blood donors save lives.

2. Rethink approach to dieting: Aleigha Decker, RDN, CDN and Anna O’Keefe, RD, CDN in Clinical Dietetics suggest rethinking the annual goal of dieting. By now, we all know a diet that drastically changes one’s habits is likely not sustainable and isn’t healthy. Instead, they suggest increasing activity and trying to plan healthier meals.

3. Go to doctor for annual checkup: Nicole Helsdon, practice manager at the Albion Clinic, offers the suggestion to schedule a doctor’s visit. A yearly visit is important for many reasons, she said, and allows you to spot potential problems before they are too far along.

4. Eat more fruits and veggies: From Fredderica Fuentes, director of Nutritional Services and Clinical Dietetics, comes the suggestion to add more fresh produce to your diets. Western New York is home to a vibrant agricultural community, which includes wonderful produce. Identify local farm markets and stores that allow you to eat healthy and support local growers.

5. Get enough sleep: Leighann VanAuker, RN, MSN, ANP, FNE, director of Emergency Services and Infection Control, stresses the importance of getting some rest. There is a lot of noise around us at all times, whether it’s from the television, social media, worldly affairs, our careers or even activities in which we participate. No matter what the cause of time diminishing, it’s important to focus on getting rest and much needed sleep. Sleep deprivation can have an effect on one’s weight, immune system and cardiovascular system, among other things, VanAuker said.

“As we’re gearing up for positive things to come, it’s always important to focus on our personal well- being,” Shurtz added. “These five health-conscious goals are achievable and will help position you for a positive 2022.”