Top 12 Physician-Prescribed Resolutions for a Healthier 2012: Reveals the Doctor's Dozen

Plus: Expert Advice and Helpful Resources to Keep Those Resolutions, Useful Gadgets for a Healthy Lifestyle, and Resolutions Even Doctors Struggle to Keep

Dec 09, 2011, 15:21 ET from Everyday Health, Inc.

NEW YORK, Dec. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- An apple a day no longer tops the list of how to keep the doctor away this New Year as highlighted in the exclusive survey conducted by to provide readers the "12 in 2012: Top Doctor-Prescribed New Year's Resolutions for 2012." Everyday Health collaborated with MedPage Today, the fastest growing medical-news professional website (comScore) dedicated to informing healthcare physicians of breaking medical news every day, and presented a survey to thousands of primary care physicians across the country to determine the resolutions most critical to living a healthier life in 2012. More than 135 million Americans* vowed to make New Year's resolutions last year, so this list is sure to be the most talked-about topic around the water cooler. With's help it will be easier than ever to not only make the healthiest resolution, but also to learn how to actually keep it – often the hardest part.  The complete survey results will be revealed on December 26, 2011.



Encompassing the all-important categories of nutrition, exercise, medical and lifestyle, each resolution will be accompanied by selected comments from doctors around the country regarding its overall health benefits and helpful resources for resolution maintenance in the New Year, found on The top 12 doctor-recommended resolutions for 2012 are:

  1. Monitor your blood pressure
  2. Quit smoking
  3. Exercise 30 minutes each day
  4. Lower your cholesterol
  5. Get a diabetes screening
  6. Control your portions
  7. Get a flu shot
  8. Take the stairs whenever possible
  9. Sleep at least 7 hours a night
  10. Eat whole grains, not refined flour
  11. For women, perform a self breast exam every month
  12. Spend more time with family and friends

Beyond the doctor's dozen, readers will also get the inside scoop on five additional noteworthy – and even surprising – physician-prescribed resolutions: having more sex, not texting while driving, not giving up coffee, going tech-free once a week for two months, and forgiving people.

Everyday Health's Medical Director Dr. Mallika Marshall, a Harvard-trained expert in pediatrics and internal medicine as well as a respected medical journalist, shares her insights on following the doctor's orders in the New Year. "Every New Year's, Americans vow to make a positive change in their lives but often cannot think beyond the popular choices of exercising and losing weight," explained Dr. Marshall. "It's reassuring for people to know what doctors from around the country say should be top on your list.  Some of the answers even surprised me, but each resolution is very valuable in helping Americans live a healthier life in 2012."

Since keeping New Year's resolutions can often prove most difficult, another valuable list generated from the doctor survey highlights useful items to help live a healthier life in 2012. Items fall into categories like sports and exercise (bicycle, pedometer, running shoes, racket), personal health statistics (scale, blood pressure monitor, glucometer, training watch with heart rate monitor) and healthy hobbies (gardening tools, dog leash, piano). also collected personal insights from doctors on the resolutions they find hardest to keep – namely exercising, losing weight, avoiding junk food, and getting enough sleep – revealing that doctors often struggle to maintain the very advice they give to patients every day.

This survey has a margin of error of +/- 5 percent and n=375.

*Source: Marist College Institute for Public Opinion

About Everyday Health, Inc.
Attracting 28 million monthly unique visitors, Everyday Health, Inc. is the leading provider of online health solutions. The company offers consumers, healthcare professionals and marketers with content and advertising-based services. Its broad portfolio of websites and mobile applications span the health spectrum–from in-depth medical content for condition prevention and management to healthy lifestyle offerings. Everyday Health offers the tools, community, and expert advice people need to live healthier lives, every day. Everyday Health, the television series, is brought to you by Everyday Health was founded in 2002 by CEO, Ben Wolin, and President, Mike Keriakos.


SOURCE Everyday Health, Inc.