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Here's to Good Health in the New Year

Many people set goals for the New Year. Maybe you want to lose weight or get your finances in order. Making lifestyle changes can be challenging. Be sure to focus on simple steps so you have better chances for success.
Here's to Good Health in the New Year

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Here is an example of the 1-3-5 method of goal setting, which you can personalize to fit your situation. Set a single, specific goal, write it down and tape it on your refrigerator or bathroom mirror as a reminder.

Work on your goal one step at a time. Even better: Find a "buddy" with a similar goal and encourage each other toward better health.

An Example of the 1-3-5 Method

  • Set 1 goal at a time.
    • "I want to lose 10 pounds by _____." (Add date about two months away for a 1- to 2-pound weekly weight loss.) 
  • List 3 reasons why you want to achieve this goal.
    • "I want to reduce my risk of diabetes."
    • "I want to be able to keep up with my grandkids."
    • "I want to be able to fit into my clothes better."
  • List 5 strategies you'll use to achieve this goal.
    • "I will have a protein-containing breakfast every day."
    • "I will eat at least 4 1/2 cups of fruits and vegetables per day."
    • "I will go for daily walks with my dog."
    • "I will keep an activity/food journal to track my practice."
    • "I will set weekly goals for myself and reward myself with a nonfood item when I achieve them."

Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Featured in Food Wise January 2015 Newsletter (PDF)

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