Be realistic with New Year’s resolutions - warning

PUBLISHED: 13:00 30 December 2010


WHETHER it be losing the pounds, or the pints, health bosses are calling on people not to set unrealistic goals when it comes to New Year’s resolutions.

Health watchdog bodies say people should instead set more lengthy and achievable goals to attain success.

NHS North Somerset regional director of public health, Dr Gabriel Scally, said: “The thought of having to give up something can make it much harder to stick to your resolution, so why not pledge to take up something instead?

“It shouldn’t be something people dread doing, as people won’t stay motivated.

“Set yourself a series of goals with a timescale so it’s more manageable.”

The health body has set up a website to help people improve their wellbeing. The Live Well section of NHS Choices is available at

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