Follow these simple steps and you will look slimmer, feel better and be greener all by the spring thaw.

The number one resolution of any year is weight loss. What if there was a way you could lose weight, get healthier, and get greener? That would be the trifecta of resolutions! Follow these simple steps and you'll be looking slimmer, feeling better, and being greener by the spring thaw.

For your next getaway, take a hike instead of a drive. It's better for your health, of course: A brisk walk (at 3.5 mph) burns from 250-400 calories an hour, depending on your weight. Hike all day and you'll easily burn more calories than you ingest. Our area Metro Parks have lots of options for a nice hike. Eat more locally grown food. Seasonal produce that hasn't flown half-way around the world will be fresher, tastier and cut down on the pollution that causes global warming. Buy organic when you can; particularly peaches, apples, bell peppers, celery, nectarines and strawberries, which contain the most pesticides. If you're still buying plastic bottles of water, buy a reusable bottle instead. If you smoke, quit. It'll be easier to hike! There are more than 4,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke, some of which are also in the insect poison DDT, arsenic, nail polish remover, and rat poisoning: ew!
So green up and lean up, Columbus!