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Delaware Using Social Media to Help with Resolutions

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DOVER, Del.- When many people wake up Tuesday morning, there will probably be a New Year's resolution or two to try and stick to for more than a week.

And if you're making one of the most common resolutions, the state of Delaware wants to help.

Al Wyllie works at the Dover YMCA.

He has been training for more than eight years.

He has seen a lot of New Years.

"There's going to be a lot of new people coming through," he said, talking about the Y starting Tuesday. "It's going to be busy."

He has seen a lot of resolutions made and a lot of resolutions broken.

"When you do see them fall off, it's a little disheartening. But you come to expect it."

In fact, studies have shown almost 90 percent of New Year's resolutions fail.

According to a study out of the University of Scranton, the top three resolutions for Americans are lose weigh, quit smoking and exercise regularly.

Those three account for nearly 75 percent of every one made.

That's where Delaware's new "31 Days to a Healthier You" campaign comes in to the picture.

The state is using social media to encourage people and help make positive changes in their health.

"For some people going to the Y, going to the gym is a great way. But there are a lot of people who don't want to do that," said Dr. Paul Silverman, associate deputy director of the Division of Public Health. "Small steps. Big difference. That's what we want to encourage."

Suggestions online may include everything from cutting out soda to parking farther from the door at work.

The state - along with Delaware's YMCAs - hopes this effort will give people the additional support needed to be successful.

"A lot of times people have a tough time," Wyllie said. "Because they expect themselves to be self-motivated. It's tough to be self-motivated. When you have motivation coming from other forms and other media it will really help."

It could be the difference between resolution success and failure.

The campaign officially starts Tuesday.

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