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New Year’s Resolutions

Just One Step - New Year's Resolution Image January is the start of a new year and a time when many people make New Year’s resolutions to be healthier. Maintaining a healthy weight and staying active can help prevent a number of chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes. Small changes – such as losing a small amount of weight and becoming more active – can go a long way toward a healthier lifestyle. But even if people know what to do, figuring out how to do it and fitting it into their daily routine can be a challenge.

Change begins with just one step. This New Year, encourage people take the first step toward a healthier life with NDEP’s Just One Step tool. The tool will help them take the first of many small steps that can lead to big rewards. The tool will help people think about:

  • what step they will take to help reach their goal (for example, walking),
  • when and how often they will do it (for example, go walking on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday during the lunch hour), and
  • how much time they will put into their step (for example, walk 15 minutes each day to start).

Once they have taken the first few steps, people may need help making these changes stick as part of a daily routine. Making a plan can make this much easier. The NDEP’s Make a Plan tool can help people think about what is important to their health and how to make a plan to take small, but important steps to help them reach their goal.

The key to reaching health goals – and keeping up resolutions all year long – is to set a goal and make a step by step plan. Encourage people to resolve to take the first step at YourDiabetesInfo.org/JustOneStep, then check out YourDiabetesInfo.org/MakeAPlan.


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