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Taking on the May Healthy Challenge

We all know that the most common New Years' Resolutions are health and/or weight loss related. By this time in the year, it is safe to say that a good portion of the population has dismissed or simply forgotten about their goals. Excuses like "I'm too busy" fill the air as people wave away the notion of a healthier lifestyle.

Luckily, May 5th, also known as "Action Day," marked the start of the Healthy Challenge! Started by Peggy Filer, health education teacher at Cedarcrest High School, May 5th through 30th marks the school wide event known as the Healthy Challenge. This event has spread across Riverview School District to include as many people as possible. And who wouldn't be looking for a reason to be healthier right before the summer?

Bill Filer, Peggy's husband, was happy to encourage our office to take part in the Healthy Challenge. As a group, we are working toward achieving our individual health goals. With our "health buddies," we have been inspiring each other to go the extra mile each day (or week, depending on what your goal may be) and reach our health goals.

Want to take part in the Healthy Challenge? Take the necessary steps and make your SMART goals!

  1. Precontemplation: There's a problem that should be changed, but you might not be aware of it yet.
  2. Contemplation: Become aware of the change and think of the possibilities of commitment without taking the necessary steps. Most people are at this stage for quite a while.
  3. Preparation/Planning: This is the most overlooked and yet the most critical stage. Take the time to identify any obstacles that might prevent you from reaching your goals and then figure out how to overcome them. This is also when you get all your tools and gear lined up, for example, buying floss if dental hygiene is a goal, pumping up your bike tires, or even buying new running shoes.
  4. Action: This is the beginning! Now you start your well-planned goal.
  5. Maintenance: Continue to pursue your goal and make necessary adjustments for changes. Relapses back into unhealthy behavior can happen, but you just have to be able to adjust back on the track toward your health goal. 
Extra: Make sure you set a SMART goal! These are essential to actually reaching and achieving your goal. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.

That's it! Think about it and act on it. You still have time to join the May Healthy Challenge, but feel free to take on this challenge any time and set your own deadlines. You don't have to stop being healthy after May 30th just because the challenge ends.