This week on A Healthier Charlotte: New Year, new you, and a new approach to goal-setting
Posted on 4 Jan 2012 by Bobby DeMuro
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This week on A Healthier Charlotte, we’re ringing in the New Year with a discussion on goal-setting and New Year’s Resolutions.
New Year’s Resolutions are a touchy subject. Anecdotally, we all know people who set goals at the start of the year, only to fall off the wagon pretty quickly. While there isn’t a large amount of research on how many people fail at their New Year’s Resolutions (and why), some researchers have examined it.
A University of Scranton study from 2002 found that between 40–45% of American adults will make one or more New Years resolutions every year. Not surprisingly, many of the top resolutions are about weight loss, exercise, and other general personal health issues. Still other popular resolutions involve better money management and debt reduction.
The Scranton study even took resolutions a step further, and followed the percentage of people who stuck to their goals over time. Of all their study participants, 75% maintained their goals for a week. Only 64% of people maintained their New Year’s Resolutions for a month, and by June, a mere 46% of people had kept to their New Year’s Day promises.
Academic research aside, what does this all mean for you? We brought three healthy living experts in to the studio to weigh in on effective goal-setting, failure, commitment, lifestyle habits, and yes, even New Year’s Resolutions.
Joining the show again, Katie is a blogger at Sweet Tater Blog, a freelance writer, and a current graduate student an Winthrop University completing her Master of Science in Human Nutrition. Follow her on Twitter.
What About You?
What’s your take on setting goals for the New Year? Do you find it beneficial, do you give up pretty quickly, or do you not even bother? Share your thoughts in the comment section below — and if you’re brave, share your resolutions, too!