Making family wellness resolutions for 2018

Just 8 percent of New Year’s resolutions are met, and 80 percent are abandoned by the end of January. How can you make resolutions stick? Make resolutions together as a family: Discuss goals and strategies, and develop fun ways to meet them with support from one another.

Norton Children’s Hospital Prevention & Wellness coordinator Nikki Boyd says the key to meeting wellness goals is to make them realistic and specific.

“When you say ‘I want to be healthier for 2018,’ what does that mean for you and your family?” Boyd said. “Does that mean eliminating sodas? Does that mean adding an extra serving of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet? A more realistic goal may be adding a serving of fruit twice a week for breakfast. We are all different and succeed best with individualized goals that fit our lifestyles.”

Boyd suggests families use SMART goals, in which you have a specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-based goal that you work on throughout the course of the year.

“Take a first step, meet it, and adjust it until you achieve the ultimate goal,” Boyd said. “The most common goal people make is to stay fit and healthy— and that’s a lifelong endeavor.”

If your resolution involves getting your family healthier and improving what they eat, a great SMART goal to adopt is the “5-2-1-0 rule.”

Want to know more?

Sign up for “Healthy Weight and Your Child.” To learn more or to register, call (502) 629-3907.

Follow the 5-2-1-0 rule daily:

  • 5 servings of fruits and vegetables
  • 2 hours or less of screen time (TV, computer, mobile devices)
  • At least 1 hour of physical activity or play
  • 0 sugary drinks

Don’t forget to reward yourself and your family members once you meet the goals you’ve set. A new workout shirt, book or song on iTunes can be a great motivator to keep going.

Families take the lead

Lack of knowledge about healthy foods and kitchen skills, as well as limited access to fresh produce and whole food, exists in many neighborhoods throughout Greater Louisville. To address these constraints for families and to increase their confidence in their own ability to successfully lead a healthy lifestyle, Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness is teaming up with the YMCA of Greater Louisville to host a skill-building program called “Healthy Weight and Your Child.”

This four-month weight management program is designed to support families with children ages 7 to 13 in meeting their wellness goals. Workshops start in February at Norton Health & Wellness Center and meet every other week. Participants will have access to a local YMCA for the duration of the program.

Kohl’s Cares awarded a grant of $370,000 to Norton Children’s Hospital through the Children’s Hospital Foundation to help fight childhood obesity. The grant supports a two-year plan to offer programs focusing on healthy eating and fitness for children and families.

Kohl’s commitment to Norton Children’s Hospital is made possible through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, 100 percent of the net profits from Kohl’s sales of special books and plush toys benefit children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like ours. Kohl’s has raised more than $317 million through this merchandise program. For more information, visit

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