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Sticking with your 2014 health resolutions

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It's nearly one week into 2014, so have you been sticking to resolution? Our Brad Vivacqua spoke to the experts about keeping up with your resolution, and staying healthy in the new year.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It's the first Monday of the new year, and many people have set goals in 2014 to work out more and improve their diet.

However, the American Heart Association says the more general your resolution is, the more likely you are to fail. The organizations says 60 percent of Americans are overweight and obese, and many of those people have resolved to lose weight.

Some experts recommend setting attainable goals before you begin. By doing that, you are more likely to follow through. Following a daily to-do list will also make it easier to follow a diet and an exercise program.

"If you were to say I'm going to work out four days a week, I'm going to go to the gym at 7:00 a.m. and work out for a half an hour, I'm going to go down to my basement and get on the treadmill for twenty minutes, you're more likely to follow that if you have a specific goal that you can measure," suggested Kathy Garofalo, the Central New York American Heart Association Board Chair.

Heart Association officials say nearly 40 to 45 percent of Americans will make a resolution this year. Using new technology such as using an app may help encourage you to stick with a plan. Visit the American Heart Association's Facebook page to find tips to help you succeed in 2014.

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