Change your life this New Year

PUBLISHED: 15:01 09 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 25 May 2010

THE New Year marks a time when many people seek to turn over a new leaf to improve their health and well-being.

THE New Year marks a time when many people seek to turn over a new leaf to improve their health and well-being.

But both health and trading watchdog bodies have issued warnings this week to would-be dieters and non-smokers concerning risks to their health and wallet.

NHS North Somerset director of public health Dr Max Kammerling said people who set unrealistic goals could be setting themselves up for failure.

He welcomed people in the district trying to improve their health but said: "Many people set themselves too high a goal with too many resolutions and in failing to achieve their ambition, feel more defeated and miserable than they were previously.

"Many of these are made on the spur of the moment, with little or no planning.

"The most successful strategies involve breaking a goal or aim into small steps and rewarding yourself when one of these has been achieved."

The health warning comes in the same week Trading Standards alerted dieters to an online scam.

The organisation says it has had a rise in complaints about spam emails and internet pop-up adverts promoting free trials of acai berry diet pills.

The schemes are encouraging people to sign up for a free trial with their credit card details but are conned into paying £79 a month for a subscription.

Somerset County Council member for community safety Councillor William Wallace said: "We would like to remind consumers of the importance of checking the small print and thoroughly reading the terms and conditions when signing up for free product trials.

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