Resolutions to help you live a healthier lifestyle in 2015

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 31, 2014) -- If you haven't made your list of resolutions for the new year, it's not too late.

When you do, doctors say it should include a healthier lifestyle. Eating healthy foods and exercising in 2015 are two of the best things you could do for yourself.

"Everyone should, at least 20 or 30 minutes a day, should have some type of exercise," said Dr. Virginia Caine, director of the Marion County Health Department.

Caine says that could mean a brisk walk, a jog or even just doing something at home before work or bed.

"We have a high rate of depression in our community and so this is one good way of preventing depression," Caine said.

According to the Health Department, 40 percent of children in Marion County and central Indiana are either overweight or obese. While guidelines suggest one to three cups of fruits and vegetables each day, there's an easy way to do it.

"When you're looking at your plate, half that plate should consist of fruits and vegetables," Caine said.

Doctors also urge you to get your flu shot. Even though this year's vaccine may not be a good match for this year’s dominant strain, doctors say it’s still your best defense and can protect you.

Some Hoosiers have their own list of resolutions for the new year.

"Probably to get better grades, that's a good one," said one man.

"I'm in nursing school, so succeed in nursing school and I'm trying to read more books, we'll see," said Frances Steger of Indianapolis.

Keeping up with your resolutions can be difficult. The American Psychological Association says start small and don't jump in to a seven-day-a-week gym regiment. Ask for help and don't beat yourself up if you cheat on your diet with a brownie.