You can be successful in maintaining the healthy habits that are important to you using a four step process:
- Motivation – Discover what motivates you to live well
- Goals – Set small, achievable goals
- Monitoring – Keep track of your progress over time
- Accountability – Find cheerleaders (family, friends, co-workers) to help keep you on track and to celebrate your wins
Health Plus provides personal lifestyle coaching as a benefit for Vanderbilt faculty and staff. Lifestyle coaching can help you find the motivation and tools to reach your goals. Learn more about lifestyle coaching.
Contact a Health Plus Lifestyle Coach or call 615-343-8943 to make an appointment.
Use the Health Plus Health Guide to access programs that will help you achieve or maintain a healthy lifestyle. Use this tool to assess and track healthy habits.
Additional Resources for Making Successful Changes to Help You Live Well:
The Real Reason People Won't Change, Harvard Business Review, 2001 Issue
The Greater Good Science Center The Science of a Meaningful Life
Ada's Rules by Alice Randall
The Good Life: Aspiration, Dignity, and the Anthropology of Wellbeing by Edward F. Fischer
Up: How Positive Outlook Can Transform Our Health and Aging by Hilary Tindle, MD, MPH
Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals by Heidi Grant Halvorson
Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Tools for Self-Monitoring:
Start! Physical Activity Program: Use Track in the Health Plus Health Guide to log activity, stay motivated, and earn rewards. Aim for 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity each week.
MyFitnessPal is a simple easy to use free calorie counter app.