Kick-Starting Healthy Habits

Lee Health

Published on Apr 11, 2015


Live well and be healthy- it’s one of the most frequently expressed goals. Truth be told, most Americans aren’t practicing what they preach. “People just live a very unhealthy lifestyle here for the most part and that really is what translates into all of the chronic illnesses and cancers that we see,” says Dr. Sal Lacagnina, who is the Vice President of Health and Wellness for Lee Memorial Health System. Many people have the best intentions, but don’t know where to start, or make the mistake of trying to transform their life overnight. Experts find starting slow gives you a better chance of success versus making dramatic changes that result in disappointment. “Pick one thing at a time. Say okay fine, I’m going to take one nutrition goal or one physical activity goal and I’m going to incorporate one of those things every week,” says Dr. Lacagnina. Another tip: incorporate new wellness options into your current lifestyle. “Take one bad thing out of your diet; put one good thing into your diet every day. Decide that you will make time and not use time as an excuse not to exercise,” says Dr. Lacagnina. Planning for success betters your odds. Make a grocery list and stick to it. And block time in your day for activity. A daily walk, workout or exercise class for example. These things can kick-start your wellness makeover. “It’s definitely never too late to start. If you realize that you have unhealthy behaviors try to fix some of those things today,” says Dr. Lacagnina. Finally, don’t be discouraged by how far you have to go. Savor the small victories and enjoy the journey. View More Health Matters video segments at Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit