The Plan to Start the New Year Off Right

Portrait Of Happy Man Pouring Juice In Glass For Young Woman

Written by Anthea Noel, RN

Happy New Year! It is officially the start of a new year which means it’s time to take a look at the improvements we want to make over the next 12 months.  The top two resolutions every year are weight loss and financial stability. Let’s try something new by taking the NEW START challenge. This plan will help improve overall health by making you participate in life-changing healthy habits. The 8 health principles of the NEW START challenge include:


For a healthy mind and body it is very important to follow a balanced diet which includes a combination of carbohydrates, fat, and protein.  Put a healthy spin on old favorite recipes by reducing sugar and saturated fat.


Exercise helps with heart health, relieves stress, improves mobility and prevents body injury. Try making time for 20-30 minutes of physical activity at least three times a week.


Water hydrates, cleanses, and rejuvenates, yet most of us are not drinking enough. There is a simple formula to determine how much water we should consume daily. Weight in pounds divided by 2 = amount of water in ounces. For example: 160/2 = 80 oz (10 glasses of water per day).



We receive vitamin D from sunlight, which is good for bone health and heart health. Make a point to spend a little extra time outside during the day whether it’s going for a walk or taking up a hobby like bike riding or gardening.


Self-care is important for a healthy life. Take time out for yourself to do the things you like to do as a way to de-stress and enjoy life. Set aside time every day (or at least a couple times a week) to do the things you love.


Fresh air and oxygen intake helps make you happier, cleans your lungs, and strengthens your immune system. Step outside every day for a little while to breathe in the fresh air.


Adequate rest improves your memory, restores and energizes your body, and improves your overall health. Make a pact with yourself to try and get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep every night.


Self-control and managing your feelings, actions, and emotions is helpful in overcoming unhealthy habits. Make a pact to be more conscious of your thoughts and decisions: Practicing self-control and moderation improves your overall health.

It is never too late to make a NEW START! Start today to get on the road to a happier and healthier life.

Anthea “Nurse Noel” Noel RN, BSN, MS, SANE, has comforted and placed smiles on the faces of her patients and their families for over 20 years as a professional registered nurse. As a writer for over 22 years in the entertainment industry, she has successfully entertained through television, music, and the big screen. Anthea merged her two loves of health and entertainment after she was encouraged to do so following the death of her fiance and Nurse Noel was born. In her journey through the health entertainment world, Nurse Noel was able to serve as a writer for various magazines as well as bringing health to television with style and flair as an on-air and red carpet health expert. Nurse Noel recently penned a book “Help Me to Help You While I Help Myself in the Process” where she continues to spread the message of health and wellness to the masses. She is the senior staff writer for Heart and Soul magazine, Fit Box, Cassiuslife, O Magazine, contributor for The Dr. Oz Show, and Health Corps. Nurse Noel continues to work as a registered nurse in the fast-paced high-intensity department of the intensive care unit at the Level 1 trauma center UMDNJ Hospital in Newark, NJ. Noel also works for the district attorney for Essex County as a sexual assault nurse examiner assisting in forensic nursing for sexual assault survivors. Nurse Noel is determined to help those in need with a goal of making this world healthier and happier one person at a time.