Declares Amnesty Week for Broken New Year's Resolutions: Expert-Led Online Support Groups Provide Secret to Success for Healthy Living

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Every year, millions of Americans make New Year's resolutions to lead healthier lives, but lacking the expert information and support to achieve their goals, they ultimately give up on their plans. Yet while many have already fallen off the resolutions wagon this year, declared Resolution Amnesty Week, starting February 4 - a week to empower the resolution-challenged to join the scores of people who have found the secret to success through's free Goals program. helps people set reasonable goals, draw support from an online community, stick to their healthy living goals and motivate each other to stay on course.

Lose Up to 20 Pounds by Spring

    Mikey Chamberlain, for example, joined's Goals program to lose weight during the holiday season, a tough task, especially for a young mom. Mikey found the information she needed and turned to the group for support, losing 15 pounds to date. She's continuing on the journey to healthier living by participating in the "Lose Up to 20 Pounds by Spring" group on and by planning to run her first 5K race this spring. "As great as it is to hear from friends and family 'congratulations' or 'good job,' it's even better when I hear 'thank you for motivating me'," she said.

While Mikey is certainly a success story, too few people are able to reach their healthy living goals, and too many quit after one failed attempt. A recent survey by FranklinCovey found that only 23 percent of those who made a New Year's resolution will keep it. Half of those who fail to reach their goals - more than 35 percent of all those who made resolutions - were likely to break their resolutions by the end of January.

"New Year's resolutions shouldn't be made, only to be broken a few weeks later," said Dr. Edward Hallowell, Psychiatrist and founder of the Hallowell Center for Emotional and Cognitive Health. "And just failing once - eating dessert when you resolved not to or not exercising when you resolved to do so - doesn't mean you have to give up on yourself. Amnesty Week is designed as a second chance to re-start resolutions for the year. Whether it's losing weight, quitting smoking or managing stress, by setting realistic goals and turning to others with shared goals for support, people can take the first steps to meeting their New Year's resolutions and begin to live healthier lives."

Through a series of unique expert-led online groups, equips people with expert information and interactive tools to help them set and reach their health goals. Each group is led by a health or medical expert and focuses on harnessing the power of online group support to help members achieve their goals.

Dr. Hallowell is one of 11 health and lifestyle experts leading an online group as part of Revolution Health Goals, a program that is helping people achieve goals ranging from weight loss and stress management to better parenting. He leads a group "Take Control of Your Life" to help people take charge of their busy lives, manage stress and time schedules to live happier, fuller lives. Other groups include:

-- Exercise More: Boost your energy, feel great and lose or maintain weight by taking your fitness to the next level, hosted by James O. Hill, PhD, obesity and weight management expert; co-founder of "America on the Move," a nonprofit, science-based program that initiates changes to support healthful eating and active living habits.

-- Eat Right and Stay Slim: Educate yourself and your family on how to eat better with Sandra Foschi, MS, PT, CNS CND; physical therapist and nutritionist. Foschi is the founder of Health SOS, a New York company that provides nutrition and private training.

-- Lose Up to 20 lbs. By Spring: Learn the recipe to weight-loss success with Val Jones, MD, MA, Revolution Health senior medical director, founder of the Clinical Nutrition and Obesity e-section of the Medscape General Medicine journal. Dr. Jones has worked part time as a food critic in New York City, a medical cartoonist and Chief Resident of Rehabilitation Medicine at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan.

-- Make Exercise Fun: Create new daily habits to keep from gaining back unwanted pounds with Christina Newport, certified personal trainer, yoga instructor and triathlete.

-- Have a Smoke Free Day: Want to quit smoking? Start on the path to a smoke-free life with Joe Scherger, MD, professor of clinical family and preventive medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

-- De-stress: Battle stress one day at a time with Brad Jacobs, MD, MPH, Revolution Health senior medical director and recognized national leader in Integrative Medicine, and Health and Wellness. Dr. Jacobs is board-certified in internal medicine and has studied acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, yoga and martial arts.

-- Become A Complaint Free Person: Join nearly 5 million people worldwide who have taken the pledge to eradicate complaining from their lives. A Complaint Free World Founder Will Bowen helps people learn how to positively create the life they want.

-- Sleep At Least 7 Hours A Night: Sleep better with the help of J. Steven Poceta, MD, neurologist and sleep disorder specialist; on staff at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, CA, and adjunct associate professor in the Molecular and Integrative Neurosciences Department at The Scripps Research Institute.

-- Keep My Family Active: Improve your own health by motivating your family to get and stay active with Stacy Stryer, MD: Pediatrician; author of The Portable Pediatrician.

-- Improve My Relationship/Marriage: Follow Mira Kirshenbaum's lead to bring intimacy and enhanced communication into your most prized relationships. Ms. Kirshenbaum is a respected psychotherapist and co-founder and clinical director of The Chestnut Hill Institute in Boston.

About Revolution Health

Revolution Health Group LLC was created by AOL Co-Founder Steve Case to create products and services that empower people by putting them at the center of the health system. The cornerstone of the company is, which was recently named the Best Overall Internet Health Site by the eHealthcare Leadership Awards. The free consumer health and medical web site marries expert content and online tools with the power of social networking. Revolution Health also offers premium services that enable companies to provide health content and customized online tools to their employees, an insurance marketplace and CarePages (, health care's largest social network that provides the emotional support needed for healing and well-being. For more information go to

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