New Year’s Resolutions and the National DPP


The New Year has arrived and once again, and every television, radio, magazine, and website is overflowing with health messages to help people meet their New Year’s Resolution goals.  


According to a study from the University of Scranton, the top five most popular New Year’s resolutions are:


1) Lose Weight

2) Get Organized

3) Spend Less, Save More

4) Enjoy Life to the Fullest

5) Stay Fit and Healthy


If you will be starting a new class in the next few months, the New Year mentality can be a great opportunity to create some buzz around your program and get people excited about enrolling.  No matter the phase of your current program, this can be a good time to reenergize your participants to meet their goals, like keeping up with their self-monitoring. 


Click here and share your tips for how organizations can use the New Year to promote their program or re-energize current participants.


Whether you’re enrolling participants in a new class or talking to participants in your current classes, the New Year is also a great time to emphasize that this program is not about quick fixes – it’s about making lasting, life-long changes.


Did you know: 45% of us make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8% of us are successful in achieving our resolutions.  Why is that?  The reasons are very similar to the reasons why many of our participants have been unsuccessful in their prevention efforts before enrolling in a National DPP Lifestyle Change program:


  • The goals set are not realistic
  • The strategies to reach the goals are not  sustainable ones (e.g. extreme food restriction or meal replacement options that may be pricey or not appealing over the long haul)
  • They do not include problem solving about ways to overcome barriers to making lasting lifestyle change


People may be successful a short period of time, but then a stressor or barrier comes up and they do not have skills to address those barriers and get back on track with their lifestyle changes.


Check out this tip for your program and share your thoughts about how to handle a situation where a participant expresses desire to use a “quick fix” diet as part of their strategy to meet their goals.



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How can organizations use the New Year to promote their program or re-energize current participants?


DTTAC Emory University

June 9, 2015



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