A new year is a popular time to make a change for the better.

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A new year is a popular time to make a change for the better.

1. Be realistic. The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make it unattainable. If your resolution is to eat healthy, start by eliminating one unhealthy food from your diet, instead of all unhealthy foods.

2. Keep resolutions to a minimum. Pick one or two specific resolutions and set reachable goals for them. Starting small with resolutions increases the likelihood of success.

3. Create a game plan and track it. Using a calendar or journal to monitor those few, challenging goals will dramatically improve your success rate.

4. Have a support system. Tell family members and friends about your resolution. Sharing your goals with others gives you more confidence and a higher level of accountability. If your resolution starts to waiver, others can help keep you motivated.

5. Stick to it. It takes approximately 21 days for a new activity, such as exercising, to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. Take one day at a time and don’t quit.

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health recommend resolutions that focus on improving health, and, offer some tips on maintaining those resolutions throughout the year.