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What's your Monday Resolution?

Published November 19, 2008 4:45 PM by test test

"I will exercise every day" ... "I will commit an act of kindness every week." ... "I will quit smoking." When the clock strikes midnight on the last day of the year, people make resolutions for a better life.

But how many people keep them? Only about 15 percent, according to statistic circulated widely on the web-and that includes many smokers trying to quit for the first time.

The average smoker tries to quit between 7 and 10 times, according to a Great American Smokeout news release.

Today marks the 33rd time the organization has challenged smokers to put down their cigarettes and get help. Over that time, its resources have evolved from friendly little stickers with slogans like "Too Cool To Smoke" to a website with reasons to quit smoking, guides to quitting, and tips to plan a quit day.

Beginning this Monday, the Great American Smokeout will give people who want to quit smoking one more thing: the promise of January 1st resolutions 52 times a year.

Stay Quit Monday aims to keep the pressure off special dates-whether they are New Year's Day, a birthday, or today's Great American Smokeout Challenge quit date-by having smokers reconfirm their commitment to quit every Monday.

The website offers more tips, tools, and resources like quitlines, along with interactive forums and a Healthy Monday newsletter.

That newsletter-part of a campaign put together by the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications-can act as a springboard to health habits for smokers and therapists alike.

So-what's your Monday resolution?

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