Resolutions, Yoga and Personalized Healthcare

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The end of the year brings what some people relish and others resent: New Year’s resolutions.

With the New Year comes renewed hope and motivation. Like many people’s resolutions, mine tend to revolve around health. The New Year is a chance to begin again, to remind ourselves, “I will eat healthier, exercise more.” Becoming healthier is often a process that we renew, and renew again.

Last year, I resolved to take up yoga. It’s not only a great way to exercise, but it relieves stress, too. Every Sunday, and sometimes during the week, you will find me practicing warrior, tree and pigeon.

What do New Year’s resolutions and yoga have to do with personalized healthcare? They’re both about making healthy lifestyle choices. We all know that eating healthy and getting regular exercise is good for you, but these choices are especially beneficial in reducing your risk for disease.

Do you believe that if heart disease runs in your family, you are destined to get it? Luckily, this is not true. You really can lessen the risk with a healthy lifestyle. We all can and do make many choices that affect our health.

Another way to be proactive is to know your family health history and share this information with your doctor. This is undoubtedly one of the most important health choices you can make.

Whatever your New Year’s resolutions are, whether getting more sleep or eating more vegetables, make sure you do two things: tell your doctor about your family health history and schedule your annual well-check. Make your doctor a partner in helping you be a healthier you.

Also, remember that even though we may struggle to make healthy changes, there’s no reason a New Year’s resolution can’t become a lifelong healthy habit.


Kathryn Teng, MD

Kathryn Teng, MD, is Director of the Center for Personalized Healthcare and leads Cleveland Clinic’s efforts to integrate personalized healthcare into standard practice.
  • Jeffrey A Crawford

    I’m 46, overweight, snore like a buzz saw and am sure I have some apnea. However, I sleep like a rock, rarely have any difficulty getting to or staying asleep, and wake rested, usually without an alarm. Why should I be concerned?

  • finkette61

    So can we get assistance for those of us that don’t have the “normal” sleep issues? How about us on the other end of the spectrum? I’m a night owl and can sleep for 10 -12 hours on the weekend. Problem is I have to work the normal 8-5 during the day . Ugh! Going to bed @ 2:00 am every night and able (NEEDING) to sleep for hours on end is not good. Been this way all my life. Other than being able to retire and sleep all day, what is my answer?

  • Carlene Byron

    People get shamed BY their doctors. How many other people have been treated as if we are mental incompetents when another doctor sees our list of psych meds? I actually had an orthopedist PANTOMIME his explanation of why my sister’s doctor was wrong about a health syndrome that runs in our family.

  • Carlene Byron

    Also: TBIs don’t increase your risk of getting mental illnesses. It’s more accurate to say that the symptoms of TBIs are like the symptoms of BP and there’s much more money available to treat BP than TBIs. But if you treat a TBI with BP meds, you can turn a competent professional into a drooler. I’ve seen it happen. I’d like to see the funding stream shift so TBIs can get proper treatment.

  • CIci Girl

    What can you do if you’re allergic to antibiotics? They make my throat swell.