(NC) You made your list as we turned the calendar to 2017. Top among our usual resolution targets are eating better/losing weight, quitting smoking and learning something new.

Now that we’re a little further into the New Year, how are you doing with your resolutions — on track or a distant memory? Here are three tips for self-improvement to help you maintain your momentum:

1. Make one small change at a time and be very specific about what you will do — walk three times a week rather than “lose five pounds.”

2. Forgive your missteps. If you’ve said to yourself, “I blew it and ate a box of doughnuts — I give up,” don’t. One blip doesn’t mean it’s game over.

3. Practice willpower — work it like a muscle. Making a change is difficult; failure and setbacks are common and it takes time to integrate and establish a new way of doing things into your life. It may take multiple efforts to get there, but giving up entirely won’t help you reach your goals.

When it comes to your health, remember that there are things you can control. There are lots of useful tools out there than can help you stay the course. If you’ve decided this is the year you’ll quit smoking, find out which apps might work for you at practicalapps.ca. The website is powered by the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) and features reviews by doctors for apps that can provide support for many common health issues.

For a human touch to help you better manage chronic health conditions like congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, turn to OTN’s Telehomecare program. Weekly health coaching sessions and remote monitoring of important vital signs and symptoms means you can enjoy the best health possible at home.

To find out more about Telehomecare, call 1.855.991.8191 or visit www.ontariotelehomecare.ca.

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