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Avoid overeating this holiday season

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Overeating is a major concern for many people during the holiday season. As our Carmella Mataloni reports, there are still ways to stay healthy during this time of year.

NATIONWIDE -- The American Heart Association has provided some tips to help avoid mindless eating during the holiday season.

Christmas is one of the easiest holidays to overeat between office parties, and family gatherings. Holiday stress is another reason people may tend to overeat during this time of the year.

New Years resolutions are another reason someone may overeat as a last chance to dig in before eating healthier in the new year. However, dietitians say that's not the worst idea, but suggest making healthier choices prior to the start of 2014.

"The best time to start is now, during the holidays, and really be aware of what you are eating. Schedule in exercise, we can schedule in parties so scheduling in exercise is also very important to stay healthy throughout the new year," said Julie Tucker, Registered Dietitian at Broome Tioga BOCES.

Another suggestion is to fill your plate you're first time up, rather than going back to the food several times. Also, be sure to incorporate plenty of fruits and vegetables to take up half of your plate.

It may be difficult, but you can still enjoy all of your favorite holiday treats and even make some new healthier traditions for you and your family.

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