It’s that time when we begin to set our resolutions for 2013. People often shy away from doing so because they tend to feel defeated shortly after goals are set. This year, be S.M.A.R.T. about setting your New Year’s Resolutions:

Specific—When setting new goals, be specific. A goal to live healthier in the new year becomes focused when you target an area in which you want to make healthier changes, such as eating more fruits and vegetables or losing weight.

Measurable—What does success look like for your goal? How much weight would you like to lose? How many fruits and vegetables do you want to eat each day?

Achievable—Can you accomplish your goal?

Realistic—Are you setting yourself up for success or depression? Can you eat four or five servings of a healthy food item a day? Is it realistic for you to exercise for two hours a day five times a week?

Time-bound—Set a definitive timeline for accomplishing your goal.

For example, if your typical resolution is “get healthier in the new year,” turn it into a S.M.A.R.T. resolution by saying you’ll get healthier by summer through walking for 30-minutes, four times a week, and cutting out dessert. Take it one step further by signing up for a local healthy living event, like Washington Adventist Hospital’s Heart Smart event on January, 9. You can register for our heart healthy cooking and screening event here.

Whatever you’re resolving to do in the New Year, we wish you health, happiness and success!