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The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - News - El­iza Gaines Ex­ec­u­tive ed­i­tor

Chances are when this is­sue comes out midJan­uary, many will have al­ready be­trayed their New Year’s res­o­lu­tions. Last year, Forbes Mag­a­zine re­ported that only 8 per­cent of peo­ple ac­tu­ally achieve their New Year’s res­o­lu­tions, and only about half make it six months with­out break­ing theirs.

Ap­par­ently hav­ing spe­cific goals, rather than just say­ing “I’ll be healthier this year,” is the key to stick­ing to res­o­lu­tions. My res­o­lu­tions for 2014 (specif­i­cally) are to play ten­nis at least once a week, walk my dogs more of­ten and to cook with more de­li­cious Arkansas-grown fruits and veg­eta­bles. (Sup­pos­edly shar­ing your goals with oth­ers helps too.)

Like many oth­ers, my goals fo­cus on health and well-be­ing. This month’s is­sue is ded­i­cated to just that, and hope­fully some of the sto­ries and tips in­side in­spire you to have a healthier 2014.

Run­ners and walk­ers alike can hit the pave­ment (and hills) at the first an­nual Jack-n-Back half marathon, which touts it­self as an ideal warm-up race for the Lit­tle Rock marathon. On Feb. 8, par­tic­i­pants will start at Jack Moun­tain Road and make the trek over Jack Moun­tain and back.

Fe­bru­ary is Amer­i­can Heart Month, so we asked one of Hot Springs’ own car­di­ol­o­gists, Dr. Eric Bowen, to share his fa­vorite heart-healthy tips. Bowen said he’s notic­ing that pa­tients are de­vel­op­ing heart disease at an ear­lier age, so for young peo­ple es­pe­cially, the time to start prac­tic­ing healthy heart habits is now. This is no sur­prise to the 2014 NPMC Sweet­hearts, young ladies who are com­mit­ted to lead­ing a healthy life­style and who sup­port the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion. The high school­ers will be pre­sented at the Heart Ball on Feb. 15 at the Hot Springs Con­ven­tion Center.

Here’s to a happy, healthy year ahead. And ku­dos to those who have kept their res­o­lu­tions so far!

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