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Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center


New Year’s Resolutions - Successful Outcomes

Happy New Year!

We wish you a Happy New Year and remind you that if you haven't used your VA benefits yet, 2014 is a great time to start. It's also a great time to make new resolutions and goals. What can you do differently this year to be more healthy and successful?

By Joan Stadler, M.Ed., RD
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New Year’s Resolutions! It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to setting goals and improving our health and life. Often, we have mixed feelings about setting goals; we may be excited and motivated but remember past disappointments and failures. We never start out planning to fail in achieving our goals! However, often we fail to plan and set SMART goals. What can you do differently this year to be successful? You can discover how to make your eating and fitness resolutions a reality with these tips:

• Set SMART Goals

   S- Specific
   M- Measureable
   A- Action-Oriented
   R- Realistic/Rewarding
   T- Time-based/Trackable
• Evaluate Potential Obstacles

Who and what could be a roadblock to you achieving your goals? 
How can you overcome those obstacles? What resources do you need or what steps do you need to take?

• Support System

Who can provide you the necessary emotional support to gain confidence and overcome obstacles?

• Motivation and Confidence

Don't start dieting to lose weight. Instead, evaluate your behaviors and thoughts.  Find out if you’re really ready to lose weight. Take stock of the situation. What are your health concerns? What are your lab values? What is your motivation for wanting to lose weight, exercise, or eat
better? What is your confidence level? What has worked well and what has not worked for you in the past?    

Jump start your New Year’s Resolutions for health improvements by enrolling in MOVE! Weight Management Clinics which are comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, ongoing programs to address obesity among Veterans.  Helps Veterans strive for a Healthy Weight! Eat Wisely, MOVE! More and Weigh Less.

MOVE! Intro (held twice monthly- 2nd Wednesday and 4th Friday) 1:00-2:00 p.m.

MOVE! 2 (each session is presented by a Dietitian, Physical Therapist and a Health Behavior Specialist on the 1st three Mondays) 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
MOVE! Forward (each session is presented by a Dietitian, Nurse and a Health Behavior Specialist on 1st four Thursdays of the month) 9:30- 11:00 a.m.

MOVE! Support Group (1st Tuesday of each month) 10:00- 11:30 a.m.

Contact Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center Dietitians to enroll and get started toward a healthier you in 2014. (316) 685-2221 Ext. 53465 or (888) 878-6881 Ext. 53465
Cranberry Salsa

Nancy Knopp, RD

Yield- 8 cups; 24 servings (1/4 c. per serving)

1 pkg. whole cranberries, chopped
1 cup sugar substitute
2 tsp. orange zest
3 Granny Smith apples, diced
2 Serrano chilies, stemmed and diced
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 lg. red onion, chopped

Combine all ingredients. Set aside at room temperature 1 hour to mix flavors, and then chill until ready to serve. (I prefer serving at room temperature.) Serve with pita chips or pretzel chips or homemade tortilla chips (see recipe below).

Nutrient Analysis per 1 serving (1/4 cup) of salsa:
24 kcalories; 0 fat grams; 5 Carb grams; 0 Sodium milligrams; 1 Dietary Fiber grams

Tortilla chips:

• 20 flour tortillas (whole wheat or white)
• Olive Oil
• Ground Cumin 

Brush tortillas with olive oil and sprinkle with group cumin.  Cut each tortilla into 6 wedges.  Bake at 300 degrees until crisp.


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