Saturday, January 8, 2011

American Cancer Society's 'New Year, Choose You!' Program Helps Women Stick to their New Year's Health Resolutions + A Fun Giveaway!

Most of us who have New Year's resolutions know that the hard part is not making the resolution, it's sticking to it. This year, I'm committed to changing my eating habits for the better and finding more time to exercise regularly and keeping fit. So far, I'm doing great and I even got my husband to do these with me. :)

Get this: According to the American Cancer Society, about 50 percent of cancer deaths could be prevented if women maintained a healthy weight through diet and regular exercise, avoided tobacco products and got recommended cancer screenings.

That's why I'm so excited to bring you all the news about the New Year, Choose You! initiative created to help us women stay on track and meet our health goals throughout the year! The American Cancer Society’s Choose You program have been helping women put their health first and stick to their health commitments by offering social support and financial incentives that have been proven to create long-term behavior change.

"Despite the best intentions, we know that most women are not successful in achieving their New Year’s resolutions. By providing women with the necessary support system, incentives and online tools, Choose You helps women develop long-term healthy behavior changes in order to achieve success and reduce their cancer risk", said Colleen Doyle, MS, RD, director of nutrition and physical activity for the American Cancer Society.

Here's how you can get started with Choose You to help yourself stick to your health resolutions this year:

Just log on to and sign up to make a commitment.

At, women can choose from different health categories, including: Eat Right; Get Active; Get Recommended Health Screenings; Protect Your Skin; and Quit Smoking. As part of the Choose You Commitment process, participants also have the option to make a monetary pledge and ask friends and family for support in order to incentivize them to stay on track.

Here's actress Ellen Pompeo (from ABC's Grey's Anatomy) endorsing the Choose You Campaign:

At, women can also access a variety of valuable tools and resources to support overall personal health goals, including: a calorie calculator, virtual dietitian, nutrition and activity quiz, smoking cost calculator, prevention and early detection videos and a desktop helper with daily health tips. The site also provides great articles on healthy habits, meals and exercising, among other available resources.

‘New Year, Choose You!’ Sweepstakes

As an additional incentive for women to join ‘New Year, Choose You!’ in 2011, women who make a new Commitment via between December 27, 2010 and January 31, 2011 will be eligible to enter the ‘New Year, Choose You!’ sweepstakes for a chance to win a series of health-related prizes. One Grand Prize Winner and a guest will win a trip for two to fly to Los Angeles, CA to train with celebrity fitness trainer, Holly Perkins of Exercise TV. The Grand Prize package includes two nights in Los Angeles and two days of one-on-one fitness and nutrition training with Holly. Plus, the Grand Prize winner will receive a take-home workout plan and $300 in spending money! In addition to the Grand Prize package, five first prize winners will each receive a $250 gift certificate to, five second prize winners will each receive a $100 gift card to Walgreens, and 25 third prize winners will receive a Choose You water bottle.

Backed by Extensive Research

An extensive academic research conducted by Yale economists on these types of “commitment contracts” has shown that combining incentives and accountability can make you up to three times more likely to achieve your goal. This simply means that an initiative like Choose You can be very effective in helping you achieve your health resolutions and goals. Just make the commitment!

So what are you waiting on? This year, I'm eating healthier and exercising more regularly. I am Choosing Me! How about you? Are you Choosing You?

Join me today at and become a part of the 'New Year, Choose You!’ movement!

*Fun Giveaway!

Choose You is giving away one Choose You prize workout kit to one lucky Hip Mama's Place reader, which includes a pedometer and calorie counter, resistance band and jump rope, a Choose You t-shirt and flower pin- all valued @ $30! Just perfect to get you started to being the New You! :)

To enter the contest, leave me a comment telling me your own health resolution/s this year and what steps you are taking to keep them. THIS IS YOUR MANDATORY CONTEST ENTRY.

This contest is open to U.S. ADDRESSES ONLY and will end on January 22nd, 2011 at 12MN, EST. Please leave your email address (if you don't have a blog). I will choose one (1) winner using and will be announced as a comment on this post. The winner will also be notified by email and/or through a comment on their blog (if available).


*EXTRA ENTRIES for many chances to win!

Your comment is your one required/mandatory entry. To earn extra entries, just do the following:

1. Tweet this giveaway on Twitter however you like, but include this URL page and hash tags at the end of your comment: @ACSChooseYou #health #giveaways (5 EXTRA ENTRIES)


I want to win the Choose You health prize pack @hipmamasplace! @ACSChooseYou #health #giveaways

2. Like or Become a Fan of Choose You on Facebook

3. Like or Become a fan of Hip Mama's Place on Facebook and post a comment on our wall and tell me why you like visiting Hip Mama's Place or reply to the latest post on our wall (3 EXTRA ENTRIES)

4. Follow Hip Mama's Place on Twitter (3 EXTRA ENTRIES)

5. Follow me or friend me on Google Friend Connect (link is under "Our Hip Followers" on the left side bar) (3 EXTRA ENTRIES)

6. Join the Hip Mama's Place Community and EARN 2 EXTRA ENTRIES. You can earn 3 more extra entries by creating a new post or join in on the conversations on the "Forum" section of our mom community. (5 TOTAL EXTRA ENTRIES)

7. Grab one of Hip Mama's Place's buttons under the "Grab Our Fabulous Buttons" on the right hand side bar on our main page and paste it on an HTML page on your blog sidebar. (5 EXTRA ENTRIES)

Remember, the more entries you have, the greater chances of winning! Please make sure to leave a separate comment for each thing you do for your extra entries (i.e. your name on HMP Community name, Google Friend Connect, blog posts, Facebook name, Twitter name and post links, etcetera). Good luck!

*Hip Mama's Place Disclosure: “My reviews and opinions are 100% my own. Choose You provided me a health prize pack to facilitate this review and giveaway".

About the Author: Jocelyn CaƱasa-Brown is a working mom of two boys and is a recognized blogger and mom influencer in the Washington, DC area. In her spare time, she designs and creates her own handmade jewelry, maintains her jewelry store on Etsy and is an active moms group organizer and leader both online and offline. Hip Mama's Place was nominated for Parents' Picks 2010 Best Parenting Blogs and named one of the Highest Rated Blogs and Sites on Nickelodeon ParentsConnect for the Washington, DC area. Follow Jocelyn on Twitter and/or Facebook.

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