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Monday, December 31, 2012

Commitment Day

By Carolyn Brown, MS, RD

Woman Running

How many of us have made resolutions we don’t keep? A friend called me the other day and said that she was going to start “running, eating better.. and oh yeah, start drinking more water because my pee was not a normal color today” (true story).  My reaction: start today with drinking a little more water. Sure, it’s boring but the problem with resolutions is that we set our sights too high and are basically setting ourselves up for failure. So when I came across a project called “Commitment Day” I was in love.

Commitment Day is January 1st, 2013 (tomorrow!) and in cities all over the country, 300,000+ people will start of the New Year differently. They will set out to do a 5K (~3 miles). I know, most New Years days are spent hungover, doing bloody Mary crawls, or watching movies and soaking up the end of vacation. But here’s why you should kick 2013 off with “a day of action, not apathy”:

Two thirds of our country is now considered obese. That might be old news to you, but recently an even more disturbing fact was published by the Center for Disease and Prevention: our children’s life expectancy is now officially less than ours.

With Commitment Day, you can join other men, women, families, co-workers, and neighbors to make a commitment to live a healthier lifestyle — and help others to do the same.

As Commitment Day says: “It’s not a resolution, it’s a revolution of you”.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up in a city near you – an 11am start isn’t SO brutal.

Are you making new years resolutions? What do you think of commitment day, are you in?

Photo: Stockbyte

Posted by: Carolyn Brown, MS, RD at 5:21 am


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