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Reach Your Health Goals in 2016

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe New Year! This year holds a lot of exciting events for the Wellness Initiative and we cannot wait for all of you to be part of it. With the New Year goals set to live a healthier and active lifestyle, it is important to find inspiration to keep strong and confident throughout the year.

First, set reasonable goals. Do not overdo it during the first month. Make sure your exercise routine and eating habits are balanced and within your own control. You do want healthy eating and exercise to become a chore, but something that you truly enjoy doing. Secondly, make sure you reward yourself. Healthy eating requires portion control, so allow yourself to eat the occasional favorite dessert or meal. Third, keep track of your progress with a calendar or journal! Setting dates will help you reach your goals, but make sure it is done in a healthy and realistic manner. Lastly, invite others to join your healthy lifestyle. Friends, family and co-workers can serve as a great support system which helps maintain your motivation, as well as theirs! Motivate others by sharing healthy tips, advice and suggestions through the use of social media, such as: Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Remember, the next Wellness Webinar will be hosted by Greg Walker of Fletcher Parks and Recreation, and Mark Scott, owner of Fleet Feet Sports in Asheville. The webinar will focus on organizing a 5k run/walk in your own community. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, January 12th at 1:00pm. To register please click the link:


This coming April 2016, NCRPA is partnering with departments statewide to host the first ever statewide Recre8 5k! If you have never organized a 5k race in your community, then participating in the 5k Webinar will be extremely useful information! For more information on how to get your department involved in the Recre8 5k race, visit the race page:, or contact myself ( ) or matt (


I challenge all of you during the first month of the year to engage yourself in healthy eating practices and to exercise regularly. If you have any healthy eating ideas or exercise tips to share feel free to email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (colleen@ncrpa.net


Happy New Year!


Tags:  Health  Healthy Eating  Inspiration  Motivation  Smart Living  Wellness 

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