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N&N: Mecklenburg Residents Keep Healthy Goals into the New Year

4--Fitness-AuctionThe bad news is: two months into the New Year most people have already forgotten their New Year’s Resolutions. According to a 2014 poll conducted by the University of Scranton psychology department, 71 percent of people hold to their annual promises for the first two weeks; but six months later, less than 50 percent of those surveyed actually upheld their resolutions.

But there is good news. Monarch’s Medical Director Dr. Robert McHale, MD, MS said that even in the face of these depressing statistics it is possible to keep your resolutions.

“The springboard for balance is going into the new year with the idea that I’ve learned something from this past year and it has changed me. I’m going to use the good and bad as a learning opportunity,” said McHale. “It can be a time for people to reflect on their past year’s behavior and promise to make positive lifestyle changes.”

And there’s even better news. Many of the people Monarch supports in Mecklenburg County have been making positive lifestyle changes and successfully bucking the current trend.

They are keeping their goals and reaping awards through better health and a bi-annual fitness auction. Residents at Austin House and Carmel Forest commit to work on a healthy goal throughout the year, like exercising three days a week or eating healthier. When they meet their goals they have the opportunity to win points.

At the auction they trade in their points for Monopoly money to bid on items like clothing, exercise equipment, new perfume or cologne or fun accessories like purses or scarves.

Click here to watch a video of the event.

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