As we start 2012, many of us are thinking about our New Year’s resolutions, including the extra trips we’re going to make to the gym and the delicious desserts we’re going to forego. With these goals on the top of our minds, we’re committed to breaking bad habits and establishing new priorities that will help ensure this year is full of health, happiness and prosperity.

Individual Resolutions

At LiveWell Colorado, we know that big change starts with small steps. Whether you’re looking to lose a significant amount of weight or simply live a healthier lifestyle, every little effort makes a positive difference. The key is setting challenging – yet attainable – goals that will stick over time.

Incorporate more exercise into your day by setting a goal of 10,000 steps a day (just over the 6,500 steps the average Coloradan takes), make your daily snacks healthier and more satisfying, take our 360° Gut Check to see how your weight and lifestyle stack up, and visit our website for more fun and simple ideas to take charge of your health.

Family Resolutions

We all know that it’s not just about making ourselves healthier, but also finding ways to encourage healthy eating and active living among our family members.

Studies show that families who dine together tend to eat healthier meals, so try to eat more homemade meals with your family. Wondering what to make? Visit our Sunday Table page to get some fresh, healthy, easy ideas. If you’re a mom, you can also join our growing ranks of LiveWell Moms who are committed to making Colorado families healthier at home, at school and in their communities.

Community Resolutions 

Lifestyle changes – on an individual and family level – can only take us so far. At the end of the day, our community needs to come together and focus on policies and environmental changes that remove barriers and increase access to healthy behaviors.

I’m thrilled that LiveWell Colorado is taking a leadership role on this front by empowering 22 LiveWell communities across the state to bring healthy eating and active living to their residents, improving the nutrition our kids receive in school through programs like our Culinary Boot Camps, participating in the development of the first-ever Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, and more.

Taking a moment to reflect on our resolutions, let’s not forget to make resolutions to help ensure Colorado is a healthier place for everyone. It will take all of us working together – on an individual, family and community level – to make a significant difference.

Thanks for your help in starting the New Year on a healthy note. I hope you have a terrific 2012!