The New Year is a time for many people to make resolutions; some want to lose weight, others want to gain muscle or tone up, and still others vow to live a healthier lifestyle. Now that reality has set in, many people turn to vitamins and supplements to help them get their resolutions to last more than a week.

“The New Year is a great time to throw out your old habits and take a good look at your health and wellness goals,” said Tom Tolworthy, CEO and Chief Health Enthusiast for The Vitamin Shoppe. “The Vitamin Shoppe offers great values on the most extensive assortment of vitamins and supplements to support all your healthy resolutions for the New Year.”

The Vitamin Shoppe experts have put together the top 5 resolutions for a healthier 2009:

#1 – Lose Weight - Add fruits and vegetables to meals.

Adding fruits and vegetables to every meal will help your diet in the long run. Eric Cohen, Super Food specialist at The Vitamin Shoppe suggests the Novelle Maqui Superberry as an easy way to add fruit to any meal. “The Maqui Superberry has the highest antioxidant value of any known fruit, and is an excellent source of vitamin C and potassium,” said Cohen. “Just 1 tablespoon will help support a health immune system, support healthy aging, support cardiovascular health and help protect cells from oxidative stress. For an easy way to add healthy greens to a diet, SwheatGrass is a 100% Organic, freeze dried wheatgrass concentrate that when prepared, tastes like it is fresh squeezed from a wheatgrass juice bar.”

#2 – Improve overall health - Add a vitamin D supplement to your daily routine

In 2008, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) concluded that new evidence supports a potential role for vitamin D in maintaining innate immunity. There are many types of vitamin D supplements, including infant drops, children’s liquids, chewables, capsules, soft gels, and many combinations of vitamin D that also include calcium and other vitamins. “The best way to get more vitamin D is from the sun, but that’s not always possible in the winter,” said Rikke Cumberbatch, vitamin specialist at The Vitamin Shoppe. “When looking for a vitamin D supplement, check out established brands such as Country Life, Carlson, Sourc Naturals and Schiff to find vitamin D for every member of the family, including liquid drops for infants.”

#3 – Eat Healthier - Add Omega-3 Fish Oil to your diet once a day to support heart health

The American Heart Association has suggested that eating two servings of fish each week is a good way to help keep hearts healthy. But, what if you don’t like fish?
“A fish oil supplement is a good option to get more omega-3 into your diet,” said Rob Maru, vitamin specialist at The Vitamin Shoppe. “Omega-3 can be found in supplements like Carlson Laboratories The Very Fines Fish Oil and Nordic Naturals. The Coromega Omega-3 supplement is a pudding-like alternative that comes in a tasty orange flavor and delivers the daily amount of fish oil people want.”

#4 – Work out - Add protein to help build up your muscles

For those trying to build muscle in 2009, there are products to help complement the work out in the gym or at home. “Having enough protein is an important part of building muscle,” said Marvin Barton, sports nutrition specialist at The Vitamin Shoppe. “A good option for people on the go is a ready-to-drink supplement like Muscle Milk by Cytosport.”

#5 – Stop cheating on diet - Substitute your 3 pm snack with tea

Instead of reaching for a piece of candy when hungry, reach for a cup of tea instead. “A desert tea like Crème Caramel by The TeaSpot is a great low calorie option for the New Year,” said Carrie Plumley, tea specialist for The Vitamin Shoppe. “Tea is packed with antioxidants and is a great healthy alternative for a snack.”

Making a small change in January is the first step to accomplishing many healthy resolutions for 2009.