Delawareans encouraged to start the new year right

A new year often brings with it resolutions to lose weight and get healthy. Using that momentum, the Dept. of Health and Social Services is teaming up with the governor’s office and the YMCA of Delaware to kick off “31 Days to a Healthier You.”

The social media campaign is designed around building healthy habits by making small changes. Using Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, flickr, Instagram or YouTube, “31 Days to a Healthier You” will offer fitness/activity ideas, healthy recipes, advice on how to quit smoking, tips on health screenings and more.

“What a great way to start the New Year,” Gov. Jack Markell, D-Del, said. “This campaign offers Delawareans the opportunity to start 2013 with good advice for making small lifestyle changes that will lead to lasting differences in their lives.”

The state hopes by using social media, participants will have a built-in network of supporters who can hold each other accountable.  

“Because the campaign involves social media, we need the public’s interaction, too. As part of that connectedness, we’ll ask you to share photos that illustrate your small health changes or offer inspiration to others,” said DHSS Secretary Rita Landgraf.

To join in or to follow “31 Days to a Healthier You,” look for the hashtag #healthDE on Twitter and go to:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DelawareDHSS or www.facebook.com/DEPublicHealth

Twitter: www.twitter.com/Delaware_DHSS

YouTube: www.youtube.com/DelDHSS

Flickr: www.flickr.com/deldhss

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/dhss

Instagram: www.instagram.com/deldhss

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