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This week on A Healthier Charlotte: New Year, new you, and a new approach to goal-setting

Posted on 4 Jan 2012 by Bobby DeMuro

This week on A Healthier Charlotte, we’re ringing in the New Year with a discussion on goal-setting and New Year’s Resolutions.

New Year’s Resolutions are a touchy subject. Anecdotally, we all know people who set goals at the start of the year, only to fall off the wagon pretty quickly. While there isn’t a large amount of research on how many people fail at their New Year’s Resolutions (and why), some researchers have examined it.

A University of Scranton study from 2002 found that between 4045% of American adults will make one or more New Years resolutions every year. Not surprisingly, many of the top resolutions are about weight loss, exercise, and other general personal health issues. Still other popular resolutions involve better money management and debt reduction.

The Scranton study even took resolutions a step further, and followed the percentage of people who stuck to their goals over time. Of all their study participants, 75% maintained their goals for a week. Only 64% of people maintained their New Year’s Resolutions for a month, and by June, a mere 46% of people had kept to their New Year’s Day promises.

Academic research aside, what does this all mean for you? We brought three healthy living experts in to the studio to weigh in on effective goal-setting, failure, commitment, lifestyle habits, and yes, even New Year’s Resolutions.

The Panel

Jon Davis
Jon, a former college football player, is the founder of Elements 2 Lead, a blog dedicated to co-creating a culture where 1 + 1 is more than 2. Follow Jon on Twitter.

John Hoctor, DC
John, a self-proclaimed exercise and nutrition nut, is a Doctor of Chiropractic and the Owner of Hoctor Family Chiropractic in Cornelius. Follow John on Twitter.

Katie Levans
Joining the show again, Katie is a blogger at Sweet Tater Blog, a freelance writer, and a current graduate student an Winthrop University completing her Master of Science in Human Nutrition. Follow her on Twitter.

What About You?

What’s your take on setting goals for the New Year? Do you find it beneficial, do you give up pretty quickly, or do you not even bother? Share your thoughts in the comment section below — and if you’re brave, share your resolutions, too!

Got questions or comments? Follow me on Twitter and Facebook, and check out A Healthier Charlotte while you’re at it — Charlotte’s best local source of health and medical information.


  1. Shannon 4 Jan 2012 at 3:58 PM

    I AM going to run a 5k, and a 10 k, and finish my novel in 2012!!

    • Bobby DeMuro 5 Jan 2012 at 1:49 AM

      Do it, Shannon! Schedule our your 5k and 10k now, like Katie mentioned, so you have a set date to plan around!

  2. D. A. W. 5 Jan 2012 at 7:27 AM

    Great show! I think it’s the best one you guys have done yet. Jon Davis is very informative and well spoken, and all of that stuff is so applicable. A lot of it’s new to me, too. Thanks for the great discussion!

    Oh, and Hocter.… you’re short ;)

  3. Nikki 5 Jan 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Fabulous show and very timely. I loved learning about the different ways to approach goals.

    • Bobby DeMuro 5 Jan 2012 at 11:47 PM

      Thanks Nikki! Glad you got some value out of it, and thanks for taking the time to give us your feedback!

  4. Tony McD. 5 Jan 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Very informative! Great work by all the panel guests, this is probably the best one you guys have done so far. Both Johns were great and I learned some stuff watching that I didn’t think I’d learn (not that I know it all or anything… no.… not me…). Thanks!!

  5. Lydia 5 Jan 2012 at 7:56 PM

    That was really well done. I’ve watched every episode and I agree with above, I think this is the best one from a discussion standpoint. I make a lot of goals and I only stick to some, but I like to have thought that I’m a good goal setter.. and even I learned something watching. You guys were on to something with this one! And I’m looking forward to that financial health show! I can only imagine what that will be about.

    As always, nice job Bobby!

  6. John 6 Jan 2012 at 6:28 AM

    This is great Bobby. Very nice work hosting with three extremely well-informed guests, and you all made a topic that is usually a re-tread for news outlets in early January, into a compelling and interesting discussion that (I think) is accessible to everyone. A job well done, Mr. DeMuro.

  7. Jamie 6 Jan 2012 at 7:57 AM

    Good show and a very interesting discussion! Good work guys and smooth hosting Bobby!

  8. Loren 7 Jan 2012 at 11:36 AM

    I am going to lose 15 pounds — but I agree with Jon that is more born out of frustration than anything. So, instead of focusing on that, I am going to focus on changing my habits that I hate — no late night eating, do something outside 6 days a week, and make it a point to walk the dog EVERY day (not every other day). From there, other things can take care of themselves. Great advice on the panel! I love it!

    • Bobby DeMuro 9 Jan 2012 at 2:32 AM

      Glad the panel could help you, Loren! Thanks for following up and sharing your New Year’s Resolutions, too!

  9. Jayme 8 Jan 2012 at 1:36 PM

    My resolution is to spend more time with the people I love… Dr. Hoctor said it best — community oriented, people oriented. Family dinners at night, and weekend outings together, and board game nights, and quality family time — every week, no excuses! That’ll do wonders for my health, too.

  10. Wayne 10 Jan 2012 at 1:23 AM

    Very good show! My new year’s resolutions are almost always health based, but it seems like I end up forgetting about them in February, picking them up in May, forgetting about them in July, picking them up in August, getting frustrated in October… Maybe, just maybe, I should take your advice! Looks like you touched a nerve [in a good way] with the other comments here, too — lots of folks struggling. Thanks for opening up the convo Bobby!

    • Bobby DeMuro 10 Jan 2012 at 8:43 PM

      Hey, Wayne, thank YOU for taking the time to listen and comment. I appreciate it and love your insight into your own goals. Best of luck and stick with it in 2012!

  11. Skyler 10 Jan 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Very impressed with your work on this episode… good job Bobby! You made what I think is a boring topic, goals, interesting. Good guest panel. You guys need to be on WTVI!

  12. Jayden 12 Jan 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Super interesting. Good commentary on goals from all four; thanks for producing this one!

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