More Wisconsinites plan healthy resolutions for 2016


Wisconsin residents are more determined to make healthy changes in 2016 than they were heading into 2015, according to a recent study conducted by Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care.

Courtesy Aurora Health Care.
Courtesy Aurora Health Care.

About 37 percent of Wisconsin residents are planning to make health-related resolutions in 2016, up from 21 percent in 2015, according to the organization’s Quarterly Health Report, which included both Wisconsin and the nation.

The total pool of respondents was 1,500 adults, with about half of those residing in Wisconsin. This is the fifth Quarterly Health Report the nonprofit health care provider has commissioned. It is administered by Research Now, an independent third-party firm, and had a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percent.

Among the most popular Wisconsin health resolutions were exercising more (70 percent), eating healthier (61 percent) and relaxing more (19 percent).

Of those surveyed who set 2015 New Year’s health resolutions, 31 percent said they have kept up with their goals the whole year, 26 percent stayed on track for one to three months, and 15 percent failed within a month.

Aurora advises healthy resolution-makers to break goals into achievable milestones, measure progress in a visible way, and set a schedule to keep themselves accountable.

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Molly Dill, former BizTimes Milwaukee managing editor.

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