January is the time for making New Year’s resolutions, but some people struggle to be successful.  Every January many people make New Year’s resolutions to improve their lives or stop bad habits. Some people resolve to lose weight, eat healthier, quit smoking or spend more time with families.

Jeanne Hansen, a mental health counselor at SIU School of Medicine, says about 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. She explains their success rates.

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To be successful with resolutions, it’s important to develop a plan for achieving the goals and stay motivated. Hansen suggests setting specific goals that are realistic, achievable and measurable.

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