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Wellness Tip: Set SMART Goals

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Is your New Year’s resolution still going strong? If not, it may not have to do with your willpower, maybe it was just the wrong goal. To make the most of your resolution, set a SMART goal.

A SMART goal is:

Specific
Measurable
Achievable
Realistic
Timed

Setting a SMART goal and recording your progress along the way can help increase your success and make a lasting behavior change.

Specific–Think about what actions you will take to make your desired behavior change. Focus your attention to that specific behavior.

Measurable–Make sure you are able to measure the progress of your goal. Measurements provide tangible evidence that you have accomplished the goal.

Achievable–Don’t make the mistake of setting your goals too high. You want to feel challenged, but don’t set yourself up for failure.

Realistic–Make sure you have all the resources you need to achieve your goal. If you truly believe that you can accomplish your goal, then your goal is most likely realistic.

Timed–Set a timeframe for when you would like to achieve your goal. Give yourself enough time.

Remember you can always make adjustments to your goal along the way. When you track your progress, it is easier to see where adjustments need to be made. This year, set a SMART goal to help make your New Year’s resolution last.

Score a goal this March for National Nutrition Month

March 1 began National Nutrition Month®, a nutrition education and information campaign celebrated annually in March and sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The theme for this year is Get Your Plate in Shape, which highlights the five components of the new healthy eating icon, MyPlate.

  • Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables: Consuming fruits and vegetables can help in the prevention of chronic diseases. The key to benefiting from all of the nutrients available in fruits and vegetables is to eat a variety of them. Think dark-green, red and orange vegetables; or red, green or purple fruits. Add fresh, dried, frozen or canned fruits to meals and snacks.
  • Make at least half your grains whole: Read the ingredient listing on foods to make sure you are choosing 100 percent whole-grain breads, cereals, crackers and pasta. Switch from white to brown rice to incorporate more whole grains in your life. Continue Reading »

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