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Making your New Year’s resolutions stick

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Editor’s note: This feature originally appeared on the University of Minnesota Physicians website.

Every January, we pack into gyms and health food outlets in pursuit of New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, live healthier or start a fitness routine.

But a month later, many of us have given up, scaled back or ditched the yoga mat for the familiar comfort of our living room couch.

We all have a million reasons for slipping up: work, family, a bum knee or the new season of your favorite TV show. Old habits die hard, and kick-starting a new routine isn’t exactly a walk in the park.

But there are strategies and tactics you can use to maximize your potential for long-term success. Here to help is Dr. Michael Miller, a University of Minnesota Physicians psychologist and an expert in behavioral change.

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Seven flu myths, debunked

Editor’s note: this article originally appeared on the University of Minnesota Physicians web site last week.

You’ve heard them all before.

The flu vaccine can make you sick. Don’t bother getting the shot if you’re young and healthy. Pregnant women should avoid the flu vaccine.

Simply Googling the word “flu” turns up a bevy of tips and advice for staying healthy. But how do you separate the good information from the bad?

Here to help you debunk some of the common myths or misconceptions around influenza and the flu vaccine is Susan Kline, MD, who specializes in infectious diseases and serves as the infection control medical director for the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.

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Five farmers market finds that will boost your health

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Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on the University of Minnesota Physicians website

After three decades as a nutritionist and dietician, Aida Miles knows her produce.

That’s why Miles, an employee at UMPhysicians’ Lifestyle Medicine Program for Weight Management, shops at local farmers markets whenever she can.

“You know the food is fresh, because they are literally picking it up putting in a truck and transporting it,” Miles said. “The fresher the food and the closer it is to the date that it was collected, the more nutrition it retains.”

This summer, UMPhysicians’ Mill City Clinic is a sponsor for the Mill City Farmers Market, which meets from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday. Not to be outdone, UMPhysicians’ Broadway Family Medicine Clinic is also sponsoring the West Broadway Farmers Market, which meets weekly from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays.

We sat down with Miles to get her perspective on a handful of common farmers market products—and a few “off the beaten path” selections.

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