Dr. Harvey Simon, who is editor of the Harvard Men’s Health Watch, cuts through the clutter and provides 10 resolutions for 2009.

Surprise! They’re all complementary.

Avoid tobacco.

  • If you’re a smoker, quitting is your first priority.

Eat right.

  • Lots of fish.
  • Smaller portion sizes — if you’re overweight.
  • Avoid calorie-dense foods.


  • Build physical activity into your daily routine.
  • Walk, walk, walk.

Control your weight.

  • See resolutions 2 and 3.

Reduce stress.

  • Get enough sleep.
  • Limit exposure to media reports of misery and mayhem.
  • See resolution #3.
  • Appreciate and enjoy life’s many little pleasures.
  • Try relaxation techniques such as meditation and deep breathing.

Control alcohol.

  • Limit yourself to 1 or 2 drinks a day (women should drink half as much).
  • 5 oz of wine, 1½ oz of liquor, or 12 oz of beer = 1 drink.

Protect yourself from infection.

  • Be sure your immunizations are up to date.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases.

Prevent accidents and injuries.

  • Wear seatbelts and drive defensively.
  • Check your house for clutter and cords.
  • Hold the handrail when walking stairs.
  • Careful on icy pavements.

Avoid environmental hazards.

  • Air pollution, pesticides and toxins, contaminated food and radiation.
  • Excessive sunlight is toxic to your skin.

Get good medical care.

  • Know your numbers — cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight.
  • Listen to your body and tell your doctor if you don’t feel well.

The bottom line?
Have a happy, healthy, and complementary new year.

1/1/09 11:18 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.