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December 28, 2012
Toronto Public Health can help with your health goals for 2013
Toronto residents are considering their New Year’s resolutions for 2013 and improving health is sure to be the focus of many resolutions. Toronto Public Health (TPH) can help individuals achieve their health goals.

“If your New Year’s resolution is to be healthier, Toronto Public Health is here to support you throughout the year,” said Catherine Clarke, Manager of Healthy Living. “Even small changes can result in big improvements. No matter what your health goal - whether it’s quitting smoking, adding walking to your daily routine or making healthier food choices - TPH can help you.”

Want to quit smoking? Talk to a nurse at 416-338-7600 to get started. TPH is offering 1,000 free quit kits, which include sugarless gum, a stress ball, a toothbrush and other tools to help you through your cravings.

If exercise is your goal, start by walking more. You can count your steps with the aid of a pedometer lending program presented through Toronto's public libraries. Walk on local trails and in parks, walk inside a mall, or join a walking tour to explore the city and its neighbourhoods.

After all the holiday indulging, the start of the new year is a great time to get back on track with healthier eating. Start by cutting down on portion sizes. Read labels for calorie counts and for fat and sodium content.

Toronto residents and visitors can also ask restaurant staff for the nutritional information diners need to make healthier meal choices, or can check for the information online when they order take-out or make a reservation. TPH’s registered dieticians can answer nutrition questions to help individuals meet their healthy eating goals.

More information about these and other health-related matters is available at 416-338-7600 and

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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