The Healthy Monday Refresh

The foundation of all of our public health initiatives is the Healthy Monday Refresh, a concept that involves starting the week with a simple practice to help individuals recommit to their health intentions.

Our research shows that people view Monday as a day for a fresh start and are more likely to start healthy activities like diets, exercise, and stress management regimens. People who start on Monday say they’re more likely to follow through on their health intentions the rest of the week. We’ve continued to study this Monday cue through programs developed with Lerner Centers at Johns Hopkins, Columbia and Syracuse universities, as well as at NYU Langone Health and Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

We recommend a 5-step process that can help people start and sustain health behaviors.

  1. Set realistic goals
  2. Break them down into steps
  3. Make a weekly plan
  4. Do it with others
  5. Hit refresh if you lapse

Print out this infographic for reference or share on social media to help your program participants get a healthy start to the week.

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