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Tips to help you make the change and butt out for good

Quitting smoking is a popular New Year's resolution.
Quitting smoking is a popular New Year's resolution. Oleg Kornilov

NEW Year's resolution statistics reveal 88% of goals made for 2013 won't be followed through. That's a statistic the Cancer Council of Queensland wants to improve.

Research conducted by the University of Sydney shows only 12% of New Year resolutions will be fulfilled.

Quitting after the first failure, setting unrealistic goals and poorly managing expectations are among the top causes.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said changing diet, alcohol and exercise habits and quitting smoking were among the most popular resolutions for a new year.

"It's great to see Queenslanders taking on 2013 by setting big goals for their health and wellbeing," Ms Clift said.

"Unfortunately, making too many changes too quickly or becoming discouraged after initial setbacks can cause people to throw in the towel and resume old, unhealthy habits.

"Planning and setting realistic expectations are key.

"It's important that people start with small habitual changes and develop a great support base of friends and family to encourage them to make long-term changes for their health."

In Queensland, one in four adults is obese, with only 7.4% consuming the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables on any given day.

Fourteen percent of Queensland adults reported smoking daily, and 21% drink more than the recommended two standard drinks per day.

One-third of all cancers are preventable with lifestyle changes such as eating healthily, being SunSmart, moving more, maintaining a healthy weight and reducing alcohol intake.

Cancer Council Queensland offers some tips to help reverse New Year's resolutions statistics:

Set a goal that's achievable - be realistic about your resolution.

If you feel like giving up, remind yourself why you decided to change and how your action will benefit your health in the short and long term (prevent cancer).

Set a timeline and a healthy reward for your actions such as a massage or time with friends and family.

Identify obstacles - how will you handle the hard times when they arrive?

Get support - tell others about your resolution and ask for their ongoing encouragement.

Find something new and meaningful to get involved in, such as Relay For Life or I Can For Cancer.

Call the Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20 or go to cancerqld.org.au for expert advice about resolutions that will help you to prevent cancer.

 

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