Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Help at Hand for New Year Resolutions

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Help at Hand for New Year Resolutions

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Byline: Amanda Sproule

EIGHTY per cent of Australians fail to stick with New Year's resolutions, but many will try again.

Suffolk Park teenager Sarah Janssen, who last year vowed to lose weight and stop biting her nails, knows how difficult it can be.

"There's so much pressure when it's a New Year's resolution," she said.

She eventually gave up on the nails, and decided to shift the focus from losing weight to being healthy, which has made her a lot more relaxed.

This year she isn't thinking too hard about resolutions, but for many people New Year's resolutions such as getting healthier, quitting smoking and saving cash are still high on the agenda

To help people around the region tick the first one off the list, the North Coast Area Health Service (NCAHS) is offering a free health coaching and information service.

NCAHS nutrition and physical activity co-ordinator Jillian Adams said the NSW Get Healthy program was a confidential telephone and online service which offered participants a qualified health coach to help them set healthy lifestyle goals and motivate them.

"Best of all, the Get Healthy service is convenient and can be accessed from your own home, so achieving a healthy lifestyle has never been easier," she said.

And with more than 49 per cent of women and 64pc of men in the region classified as overweight or obese, getting into shape is likely to be a top 2010 priority.

"For those members of the community who need some information, advice or support, I challenge them to take the first step, especially men," Ms Adams said.

Byron Bay naturopath Gareth Vanderhope runs a stop-smoking program at the North Coast Medical Centre and said the 'single best thing you can do for your health and hip pocket is to give up smoking'. …

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