Small Positive Steps Over Time Save Mankind!
Do you think you'll ever see that news headline in an ad or social media posting? Think big money companies and advertisers will throw their weight behind that one? (No pun intended ;)
But here's the reality.
About half of all American adults have one or more preventable,
diet-related chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease,
type 2 diabetes, and overweight or obesity.
In 2009-2012, 65% of adult females and 73% of adult males were overweight or obese. Nearly one in three youth ages 2 to 19 were overweight or obese and the rates of youth type 2 diabetes (lifestyle-related) are growing at alarming rates.
But there is so much science out there!
So much information!
And SO MANY diets!
How can we be getting heavier and sicker?
Still waters run deep.
Real behavior change is quiet and unassuming. It doesn't elicit oohs and ahhs. It certainly doesn't make advertisers and big business much money.
But the alternatives just ain't working.
We have to get real with what it means to change health behaviors. And that means only one thing....small and sustainable changes over time. If you invest a dime a day for 10 year (a dime!) you'll end up with $36,500. Not bad for a drop of pocket change.
The following thought questions will help you get started on health goals that are meaningful to YOU:
What one health and wellness goal would have the greatest impact on your life?
How would your life change if you achieve that goal?
What would be one small step you could take in the direction of your goal? (Remember our SMART goals from last week's Coach's Notebook)
What strengths do you have that can help you achieve your goal?
What resources would be helpful to reach your goal?
How important is a support system?
How can you create a support system if yours needs boosting?