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 ChooseYou.com and sign up to make a commitment.

At ChooseYou.com, 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 ChooseYou.com, 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 ChooseYou.com 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 SpaFinder.com, 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 ChooseYou.com 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 Random.org 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).

*IMPORTANT: PLEASE DO NOT CROSS-PROMOTE ANY OTHER GIVEAWAYS HAPPENING ON ANY OTHER BLOG OR WEBSITE. ANY SPAM COMMENTS WILL BE DELETED IMMEDIATELY.

*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: http://bit.ly/fdoEZF @ACSChooseYou #health #giveaways (5 EXTRA ENTRIES)

Example:



I want to win the Choose You health prize pack @hipmamasplace! http://bit.ly/fdoEZF @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 Cañasa-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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Comments

  1. says

    My own health is a diaster, since I have a genetic connective tissue diease that causes all sorts of problems. I’ve gained weight since I lost my job, and my goal is to walk more and eat less–easy, affordable things I can do right now!

    Great giveaway!
    thegirlfromtheghetto is on gmail

  2. says

    I don’t have a choice, I have to lose weight. I thought on Christmas Day I was having a heart attack and am now awaiting myDr appt for the results of my stress test.
    I have begun my exercise routine, made food changes and surprisingly kept on my water most days.
    I need to be here for my boys

  3. says

    My resolution is to exercise more consistently. I’ve signed up for a weekly exercise class with a friend and my DH and I are training to walk/run a 5K this spring.
    nrdunningATgmailDOTcom

  4. says

    My goal this year is to get more exercise and lose 20 pounds. I have already become more active and lost 3 pounds through exercise.
    smchester at gmail dot com

  5. says

    I am really trying to be healthier overall this year. I am quitting smoking, changing my diet, and exercising more. I ever started my own blog to document my journey during weight loss!

  6. says

    My health resolution is to loose 20 lbs this year and the steps I’m taking to keep them are eating more healthy. I’m not consuming pop or eating sweets as much and working out.
    flophasit at yahoo dot com

  7. says

    Ok my New Years Resolution is to make my classes fun for everyone! If you like to do something you will want to do it more often. My goal is to make working out fun and to help people become happy with who they are and to have fun doing it!!!! Shake what you have!!! The more you shake and move the happier you are. Lets all be happy and healthy in 2011. Choose You, by doing what makes me happy, “DANCING”, this is my Resolution!!!

  8. says

    I gained weight after shattering my heel in a car accident a few years ago. I am trying to slowly take it off by walking. I’d love a pedometer to help motivate me and keep track of my steps.

  9. says

    my health resolution this year is to finally get in shape and lose all this extra weight. I want to be able to enjoy taking walks with my husband and daughter, I want to be able to run around and play with my daughter without feeling worn out so fast, I want to get healthy and I want to lose all this extra weight so I can feel better about myself. So far I am looking for new recipes that are much healthier for us.

    abbyland2010 {at} gmail {dot} com

  10. says

    I have resolved to start running again…I quit over the winter months and need to go again. I ran twice is week!

    Kissyjensen at gmail dot com

  11. says

    I love the name of this program ! I’m going to start working out again at least 3 days per week.

    reallycool3108 at yahoo dot com

  12. says

    *This contest is closed*

    Congrats to Robyn who said…

    my health resolution this year is to finally get in shape and lose all this extra weight. I want to be able to enjoy taking walks with my husband and daughter, I want to be able to run around and play with my daughter without feeling worn out so fast, I want to get healthy and I want to lose all this extra weight so I can feel better about myself. So far I am looking for new recipes that are much healthier for us.

    Thank you all for participating! :)

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