|Official Press Release
Contact: Carol Schriber
Date: June 30, 2008
RALEIGH – Last January, on the heels of the successful Eat Smart, Move More…Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge, thousands of North Carolinians made New Year’s resolutions to eat better, be more physically active, and achieve a healthy weight. But, most of those resolutions were abandoned by mid-February. Now, six months later, the summer is a great time to get back on track towards accomplishing those goals.
During the month of July, local health departments and cooperative extension agents will be encouraging people to revisit their resolutions or make new mid-year resolutions through the “Revisit Your Resolutions” campaign. This campaign is part of the Eat Smart, Move More NC movement and was developed by the N.C. Division of Public Health.
“This is a way to remind people of their resolutions, get them back on track, and re-establish their commitment to these goals,” said Marie Shelton, healthy weight communications specialist at the N.C. Division of Public Health. “Oftentimes, we don’t realize that making a change in our lives is a process that takes time. It is not uncommon to fail the first time we try. The important thing is to try again. We had great success with helping people to maintain their weight over the holidays last year and are hoping that this campaign will give them a little push to stay or get back on track.”
A little push was all people needed last November when the Eat Smart, Move More…Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge enrolled over 3,500 people from across the state, country and world. Ninety-seven of North Carolina’s 100 counties were represented, along with 23 other states and two other countries. Of those participants, 84 percent maintained their weight during the holidays…and more than half of the other participants reported actually losing weight.
The “Revisit You Resolutions” campaign will provide tips for getting enough sleep, eating more fruits and vegetables, getting more physical activity, choosing better drinks, and eating smart and moving more while on vacation.
Eat Smart, Move More NC is a statewide initiative that seeks to reverse the rising tide of obesity and chronic disease among North Carolinians by helping them to eat smart, move more and achieve a healthy weight. More information is on the Web at www.EatSmartMoveMoreNC.com.
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