A Healthier U


For many of us, a new year is all about resolution, reflection, new beginnings, big ideas, a fresh start and a clean slate. It’s a great time to take stock of where you are and where you want to be. Here are some things you might consider when setting your goals – whether personal or professional goals.

Top view of male hand writing 2016 sign with a yellow light bulb in a notepad with blank puzzle pieces scattered around on a textured wooden desk. Conceptual of business vision and plan for new year.

Be passionate about your goal
Being passionate about your goal means you’re willing to invest the time, energy and money to achieve it. Passion means getting excited when simply talking about your goal.

Your goal must be precise
Good goals should be specific. When will you get started? Is there a clear finish line? How do you know you’re on the right track? How will you measure your progress? When will you know you’ve achieved your desired outcome?

Align your goal with your self-image
If you can’t imagine yourself doing what it takes to achieve your goal, you’ll probably never achieve it. Self-image and the way you see yourself is powerful.

Align your goal your routine behaviors
If there is no time scheduled on the calendar or somebody isn’t holding you true to your word, it will be difficult to get into a routine. Like writing a book – you’re more likely to complete the book if you write every day for an hour (9-10 a.m. in your calendar) than if you write when you get a chance or the spirit moves you.

PEAK’s health coaches, personal trainers and nutrition professionals can help you make a plan to achieve your health and fitness goals. Call us at 801-585-7325 to make your appointment today.

  • Personal training – your trainer can design a program to keep you moving.
  • Wellness coaching – gain an ally in re-imagining possibilities for wellness and happiness.
  • Focused nutrition consultation – get some new recipes to try out for the holidays.
  • Weight management consultation – make a plan to maintain or lose weight to meet your goals.
  • Fitness assessment or bod pod – find your baseline and make some health and fitness goals.

As part of the University’s Wellness program, WellU, benefits eligible employees can participate in up to two no-cost PEAK services. This can even help you to meet your financial goals by reducing the cost of your insurance premium for next year.

University employees who complete the WellU requirements receive a discount on their cost of health coverage of up to $40/month. Complete the 2016 Plan Year WellU Requirements between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, to receive the WellU discount next plan year.


Winter can be a tough time. Days are shorter. Nights are longer. And here in Utah, the inversion makes it feel like we rarely see the sun. That can lead many to experience the “wintertime blues” or, as it is officially known, seasonal affective disorder or SAD.

“Sunlight triggers photosensitive cells in the eye that impact the brain’s chemistry that are key to well-being,” says Jason Hunziker, M.D., chief of the Division of Adult Psychology for University of Utah Health Care. “When that sun is gone, it can lead to feelings of depression.”

Learn more here.

Millions of medications are prescribed each year, and few are taken correctly. This can lead to longer illnesses, additional medical care or even death. This infographic is the second in a series, see the first one here.

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For more expert health news and information, visit healthcare.utah.edu/healthfeed.