January 2013Brought to you by: The Gardner GroupTips for Sticking to Your Resolutions Thyroid AwarenessIt’s not uncommon for the motivation to such as snacking on fruits or Monthstick to New Year’s resolutions to fizzle vegetables when your stomach Thyroid disorders are not uncommon.out as quickly as an uncorked bottle of starts to rumble. This month, promote thyroid awarenesschampagne. The enthusiasm of new Don’t do what you’ve always by discussing the following risk factorsgoals often fades as the temptation to done. Try something new, and detection methods:indulge takes over. Stick with yourresolutions this year by following these especially if what you’ve beentips when selecting what to aim for: doing hasn’t worked. Thyroid conditions are genetic Set specific goals. A vague Make family and friends aware Certain medications can affect goal is more easily broken. Try of your resolutions—tell them your thyroid , such as lithium taking a larger goal and what you’re trying to achieve and amiodarone dividing it into manageable and ask them to hold you tasks. accountable. If you’re the only Radiation therapy to the head one who knows your goals, it or neck could affect your Set measurable goals. If may be easier to give up on thyroid. For example, radiation there’s no way to track your them. therapy for tonsils, an enlarged progress, you’ll have more thymus or acne opportunity to slip—make sure The Thyroid Neck Check is an there are ways for you to check easy way to check for possible your progress along the way. disorders—for instructions, visit Choose goals that are www.empoweryourhealth.org/n meaningful to you, not to eck-check somebody else. If you’re doing it for yourself, rather than to please others, you’ll have much more motivation to DID YOU KNOW succeed. Roughly 1 in 10 Americans may Aim to achieve, not to avoid. be affected by thyroid Rather than saying you’ll stop disorders, but more than half of eating unhealthy snacks, think these individuals remain of what you want to achieve, undiagnosed.