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Healthy, Wealthy & Wise: Ways to Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever

posted: 01/17/17
by: Katie Morton
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As the calendar date reflects a fresh new year, many of us are motivated to make positive changes in our lifestyles. But it can sometimes feel overwhelming knowing where to start. To help, we've curated a list of top tips from experts to ensure that your body, bank accounts, and brain are better than ever in 2017.

Healthy in 2017: Body Basics

With volumes of conflicting health information floating around, it can be hard to separate the truth from junk science. How much sleep do you need? What are the top produce powerhouses? How often do you need to break a sweat for optimal health benefits? What supplements are safe (and worth the money)?

 

Dr. Oz's Top 10 Health and Fitness Tips of All Time has answers to these frequently asked questions, plus more. The bottom line: Cumulative small changes can make a huge impact on your overall health. Empower yourself to take the daily steps towards a healthier you this year, and you'll reap the benefits for decades to come with better long-term health.

Healthy in 2017: Create Your Own Happiness

We all have days that are not perfect--life isn't always easy and plans don't always go as planned. Sometimes, we all need to mentally reset in order to cope. Best-selling author and expert on the field of happiness, Gretchen Rubin shares her tips on how to reset an awful day. For science-based tips on how to be happier at home, work, and in your relationships visit Gretchen Rubin's website.

Wealthy in 2017: Handle Your Finances

New year, new you. Make 2017 the year that you make an active effort to be financially savvy. For many of us, knowing where to spend, what to save, and how to invest can be daunting. Don't let fear or lack of knowledge prevent you from getting your finances in tip-top shape.

With some legwork and the right advice, you could be well on your way toward a more lucrative future. Oprah's feature 10 Tips for a Fresh Financial Start covers practical advice on overcoming hurdles so you can be financially sound.

Wealthy in 2017: Spend Wisely

Maybe you received some holiday cash from relatives? Or, you received an end-of-year salary bonus from your employer? If you have some extra cash in early 2017, we've got ways for you to spend (or save) it. Money Magazine's 20 Really Smart Things to Do With $1,000 Now will spark inspiration to help you make the most of your windfall.

Wise in 2017: Protect Your Brain

Of course you know that what you eat can impact your heart health and waistline. But, did you know that what you eat could actually protect your brain's health? Recent research links the MIND Diet (short for Mediterranean-Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) to a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's later in life. A long-range medical study of diet and cognitive health have shown that those who followed the MIND Diet reduced their risk of Alzheimer's by up to 53 per cent!

According to Dr. Karen Sutton, Yale Medical School Professor, the basics of the MIND diet are simple:

  • One serving of leafy dark green veggies plus one other vegetable (daily)
  • Three servings of whole grains (daily)
  • One glass of wine (per day)
  • Serving of beans (every other day)
  • Chicken (twice per week)
  • Fish (once per week)
  • Two servings of berries (per week)
  • Small servings of nuts (as needed, to satiate hunger)
  • Avoid red meat, high sugar foods, whole fat cheese, fried food, butter, and margarine.

Wise in 2017: Study With Ivy League Professors

Perhaps you didn't get into Harvard at the age of 18. However, if you still have Ivy League aspirations, there's a way you can take Harvard courses for free! Harvard Extension School's Open Learning Program offers a variety of free online courses taught by Harvard faculty for interested scholars. Per the school website, Harvard Extension School "was founded with this mission in mind: to create an affordable way for any motivated student to take courses at Harvard. We stay true to this mission today, offering several free courses and nearly 800 for-credit courses at reasonable tuition rates."

Bonus points if you buy your parents (or kids!) Harvard sweatshirts and tell them you're starting classes next semester.

You've heard the saying, "If not now, when?" 2017 is THE year to take control of your health, money, and mind. Just one question: What are you waiting for?