STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

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MAKING AND KEEPING NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Only 8 percent of individuals achieved their resolutions in 2016, according to Statistic Brain. This is likely due to most people having unrealistic expectations about the speed, ease and consequences of the resolutions they make. People attempting self-change rarely succeed the first time; most need five or six attempts, according to a paper published in American Psychologist by Janet Polivy and Peter Herman. The authors suggest false hope syndrome is the cause for failure.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. These celebrations often consist of many delicious treats and hardy meals. You can still maintain a healthy diet with a little thought and planning in advance. Research from a recent Web-based survey found 18 percent of people feel they cannot eat healthily during the holidays because they don’t want to miss out on their favorite foods. You can still eat the foods you enjoy this season, just in moderation.

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so he or she is licensed to practice medicine and surgery. Ophthalmologists can also prescribe and fit glasses to correct vision problems, and some are even involved in scientific research related to the causes of and cures for eye diseases and vision disorders. The American Academy of Ophthalmology says there are subspecialty areas within the occupation, such as glaucoma, retina, cornea, pediatrics, neurology and plastic surgery, that require additional in-depth training.


Opticians and ophthalmolo-gists often work together to meet a patient’s eye care and eyewear needs. Whether you choose to schedule an appointment with an optician or an ophthalmologist, it is important to prepare for your eye exam. The eye care professional will probably ask you about your per- sonal and family health history. Be ready to talk about any vision trou- bles you’re having. Diseases that affect your vision are often hard to detect at first, so don’t skip hav- ing regular vision exams. Prevent Blindness America recommends if you are between ages 20 and 39 years and African American, have a complete eye exam every two to four years. If you are between those ages and Caucasian, have a complete eye exam every three to five years. If you are between ages 40 and 64 years, regardless of race, have a complete eye exam every two to four years. Individuals

Both opticians and ophthalmologists play a pivotal role in helping you keep your eyes healthy. If you’re not sure how the specialties differ, you’re not alone. The National Consumers’ League conducted a survey that revealed about 30 percent of consumers nationwide don’t know the difference between the two professions.


An optician is a specialist who fits glasses and makes lenses to correct vision problems, using prescriptions provided by optometrists or ophthalmologists. Opticians cannot test vision or write prescriptions on their own. The Opticians Association of America says opticians can dispense colored and specialty lenses for particular needs, as well as low-vision aids and artificial eyes. The optician can help you select frames and lenses. The job outlook for opticians is good, as the U.S. Department of Labor predicted employment of opticians is expected to grow by 29 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. A growth in the senior population contributes to an increased need for eye care.


An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has expertise in everything related to eye care, such as diagnosis, management and surgery of ocular diseases and disorders. The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus says an ophthalmologist has completed college and at least eight years of additional medical training,

OPTICIANS AND OPHTHALMOLOGISTS: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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Individuals over age 65 years should have a complete eye exam every one to two years. Prevent Blindness America also says people with risks such as diabetes, previous eye trauma, or family history of glaucoma may need more frequent eye exams.


Prevention is always the best medicine. The National Eye Institute recommends taking preventive measures to save your sight. These include wearing protective eyewear and quitting smoking or not starting. Be sure to wear sunglasses when outside. At work, give your eyes a break from the computer every 20 minutes to prevent eye strain and practice workplace eye safety. Clean your contact lenses properly.