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4 ways to reinvent yourself in 2014

The year is new, so why not make yourself feel new, and improved, as well? There is no better time to reinvent yourself as right now.

Here’s a look back at some NBC Latino articles of 2013 that will make you sharper, fitter, and more empowered.

1. Keep your mind sharp
Alvaro Fernandez, CEO of SharpBrains and co-author of “The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age” teaches people the importance of taking care of their brains, and he has many tips on keeping it sharp at any age. It can be as simple as just socializing!

Read more: Renowned “brain fitness” expert: 8 tips to keep your mind sharp

2. Eat healthier, add more greens to your diet
Latinos who have high cholesterol at significantly higher rates – 14.5 percent compared, to 13.4 percent of all other Americans, need to be more careful about what they eat.

“The less meat the better, because plants don’t have cholesterol,” says Dr. Sara Caceres, originally from Puerto Rico, who understands it’s especially hard for Latinos to change their highly meat-based diets strongly rooted in their culture. “The problem you see in Latinos is lack of information. There are certainly disparities because of that … it’s not that Latinos don’t care about their health, a lot of times its lack of education and know how. Risks start to decrease with more education.”

Read more: Cholesterol medications to become more accessible, but doctor says eat greens instead

3. Get off the couch and exercise
Lack of exercise is contributing to an obesity epidemic and poor overall health in the U.S. Dr. Joe Sirven shares tips for keeping active and getting your family off the couch as well.

Read more: [VIDEO] Get your family off the couch! How to exercise for health

4. Become a leader
For many years, author Juana Bordas says she wondered why she had never seen many Latinos in positions of power in the U.S. It was not until she graduated with a master’s degree in social work and joined the Peace Corps in Chile, that her field of vision expanded. She says young Latinos today feel the need to make a difference and make an impact, and for them to be successful, they need to learn how to promote themselves. Bordas explains that many times Latinos are too modest and prefer to work collaboratively rather than take credit for their own work.

Read more: Latina Leaders: Juana Bordas, and her new book, “The Power of Latino Leadership”

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