My daughters have done two bonding things heading into the New Year. First, they took beautiful pictures together that will always be cherished. The pictures exemplify the deep love of sisterhood despite the quarrels of everyday life. Second, they got “sister” tattoos. The interesting part is that they chose the infinity symbol as the tattoo to share that will bond them symbolically for the rest of their lives.
As I begun contemplating the symbol they chose, I decided to look up the definition. Wikipedia defines the infinity symbol as an abstract concept describing something without any limit and is relevant in a number of fields. An extension of that definition is that it symbolizes eternity, empowerment, and everlasting love. As a result, I decided this could be applied to the field of health and wellness.
A New Year always represents new beginnings. As a registered dietitian working in healthcare and obtaining my doctorate in public health, I often see people who are not healthy and well but have every possibility to be healthy and well. There is a fine line between poor health and good health that is defined by lifestyle. Why not choose an infinity of wellness? Empowering oneself to make simple choices everyday that can lead to an eternity of good health and a productive life filled with everlasting love for yourself then share that love through service to others.
Currently, I am lucky to be serving in Fort Worth on the Blue Zones activation committee. As a Blue Zone community, Fort Worth is choosing to create a place where people can live longer, healthier lives. The purpose of this initiative is to improve the well‐being of our community by optimizing physical surroundings, policy, and social connections. The goal is to bring real and tangible changes to people’s lives by making the healthy choice the easy choice. The hope is to engage Fort Worth in health and wellness on every level. The great news is this makes choosing an infinity of wellness as a New Year’s resolution a reachable goal for everyone! Adopt the Blue Zones initiative Power 9 Principles for a healthy lifestyle as your New Year’s resolution and reap the limitless benefits that a healthy mind and body can provide:
- Activity as a regular part of daily life
- Stop eating when one is 80% full
- More beans, whole grains, vegetables, nuts fruits; Limit meat and processed foods
- Drink red wine, in moderation
- Have a reason to get up in the morning
- Make time for stress relief
- Belong to and participate in a spiritual community
- Make family important; Family rituals and traditions
- Pick the “right tribe”; Surround yourself with people of like values