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Put your best foot forward in 2012.

Eat well, Move More and Drink Less Make it your New Year's resolution to join the Change4life movement and take a few small steps to a healthier lifestyle. By making simple changes and swapping unhealthy habits for more healthy ones you can make a big difference to your health and that of your family.

Try to walk everyday. Park your car a little further away from where you usually do and walk to work or to visit a friend. Use the stairs instead of the lift and encourage your family and friends to do the same.

Making a drink swap Most of us enjoy having a drink but if you regularly drink more than the recommended lower risk limits (up to 2-3 units per day for women; up to 3-4 units per day for men) then you increase your risk not only of some cancers, heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke, liver damage but also depression, memory loss, brain damage or dementia.

Alcoholic drinks can also contain a lot of calories that have no additional nutritional benefits such as vitamins and minerals. This means that unless you''re also taking plenty of exercise, you can put on weight.

Just making some small changes to your drinking however can make a big difference, so why not try these drink swaps: ? No or low alcohol - Have a low-alcohol version of your favourite tipple, or a non-alcoholic cocktail instead.

. ? Booze break - Have two alcohol-free days in the week when you stick to low-calorie soft drinks.

. Have a 'spacer'' - Space your alcoholic drinks by having a glass of water or low calorie soft drink in between.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Dec 7, 2011
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