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Making changes and setting goals

Making a change that matters
Almost everyone has something that he or she wants to change. But no matter how good our intentions are to stick with a goal, taking on any major change can be intimidating. Whatever the change, you have to be ready to make it. Based on behavior change theory, knowing where you are on your journey can help you to change unhealthy behaviors for good. Using this guide, you'll answer questions and be directed to information and resources that can help you where you are today. Whether you're thinking about a change, planning for a change, or trying to keep your change going, here's how to do it-and how to avoid the barriers that can keep you from meeting your goals

The long and short of goal setting
This year, are you thinking about making a change for the better? It's hard to adopt a healthy new behavior or change an unhealthy one, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming. Before you set your goals and make a plan, find out what type of goals increase your chances for success. With the right goals in mind, you'll have what it takes to improve your health. This year, don't let your goals get away from you! Learn how to create goals that are right for you with these great tips

New year, new you
If you've decided to make a change this year, you might be feeling excited or nervous. Many people who are thinking about change feel this way. Kick-start your change with these strategies for creating a plan. Making a change includes mapping a course for success-and this information will give you a lot of bang for your buck. Start by focusing on three questions about why you want to change. Then use the four checklists that follow to create a customized plan that really will keep you on track, every day, all year long.

Still have questions?

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HealthLine is a confidential, 24-hour health information and support telephone line, staffed by Registered Nurses, Registered Psychiatric Nurses and Social Workers. The professionals who work at HealthLine are experienced and specially trained to help you make decisions about your health care options. They can help you decide whether to treat your own symptoms, go to a clinic, see your primary health care provider, or access emergency medical care, if necessary.

HealthLine is available to anyone in the province, free of charge. Services are offered in English, with translation available in over 100 languages. TTY access for the hearing impaired is available, call 1-888-425-4444.

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Questions regarding medications? Call 1-800-665-DRUG (3784)

Pharmacists at medSask provide accurate evidence-based information about medications and medication therapy to the general public, healthcare providers and other stakeholders.

medSask is free of charge for anyone in Saskatchewan and all inquiries are completely confidential. Medication questions can be submitted 365 days a year. You may also submit your medication questions online at http://medsask.usask.ca/  

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