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Milwaukee Health 101: Keep resolutions simple, moving, helping

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Milwaukee's reputation as a leading beer, cheese and sausage city notwithstanding, the city is also a "great place on a Great Lake," for living and studying, according to the Medical College of Wisconsin -- and for making and keeping healthy New Year's resolutions, the Milwaukee Health News Examiner adds.

Only 90 minutes from Chicago, Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin, located on the southwestern shores of the Great Lake Lake Michigan (the world's fifth largest lake), teaming with activities year-round:

World-class festivals and cultural centers (the Milwaukee Art Museum with its attention-grabbing Santiago Calatrava-designed winged building, the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, and the Papbst Mansion, just to name a few; national sports -- the Brewers (MLB\NL), Packers (NFL), the Bucks (NBA), Wave (MISL), Milwaukee Iron (AFL) and Admirals (AHL) teams; and diverse historic neighborhoods with unique shops (yet most are a short drive from one of the area's several full-sized shopping malls that sport most contemporary conveniences).

Milwaukee's many, bright highlights have suggested three basic, simple, healthy New Year's resolutions almost anyone will find easy to customize, embellish and keep:

Move more - Fun activities that exercise body, mind and soul back into a healthy balance abound, many free or low-cost, and doing something new or tried and true once-a-day (or once-a-week) will be easy.

Explore - Between this New Year and the next, walk a new venue somewhere in or near Greater Milwaukee every week (or month).

Restore - Helping is healthy, and impromptu or organized volunteering possibilities will arise daily around every block of Milwaukee.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's College of Health Sciences suggests healthy resolutions and gives tips for keeping resolutions also.

As this year's final sunset nears the days are brightening. Greater Milwaukee remains a land of golden opportunity for anyone aiming to make and keep simple, fun and doable healthy New Year's resolutions.

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