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This New Year, Resolve to Take Just One Step Toward a Healthier Life

This New Year, Resolve to Take Just One Step Toward a Healthier Life with NDEP

Image: This New Year, Resolve to Take Just One Step Toward a Healthier Life with NDEP January is the start of a new year and a time when many people make New Year’s resolutions to be healthier. Maintaining a healthy weight and staying active can help prevent or delay a number of chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes. Small changes – such as losing a small amount of weight and becoming more active – can go a long way toward improving your health. But even if you know what to do, figuring out how to do it and fitting it into your daily routine can be a challenge.

Change begins with just one step. This New Year, make your resolution stick by taking the first step toward a healthier life. The NDEP’s Just One Step tool will help you take the first of many small steps that can lead to big rewards. The tool will help you think about:

  • what step you will take to help reach your goal (for example, walking),
  • when and how often you will do it (for example, go walking on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday during the lunch hour), and
  • how much time you will put into your step (for example, walk 15 minutes each day to start).

Once you have taken the first few steps, the NDEP can help you make a plan to help you reach your health goal:

  1. Think about what is important to you and your health. What are you willing and able to do?
  2. Decide what your goals are. Choose one goal to work on first.
  3. Decide what steps will help you reach your goal.
  4. Pick one step to try this week.

The key to reaching your health goals – and keeping your resolutions all year long – is to set a goal and make a step by step plan. Resolve to make the first step at http://ndep.nih.gov/JustOneStep, then check out http://ndep.nih.gov/MakeAPlan.

For help to change habits and to lose weight, visit http://ndep.nih.gov/resources/diabetes-healthsense and check out the Weight-control Information Network’s (WIN’s) “Changing Your Habits: Steps to Better Health” fact sheet.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) is jointly sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the support of more than 200 partner organizations.

This information is not copyrighted. The NIDDK encourages people to share this content freely.


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