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How to successfully meet healthy New Year's goals

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Many look at the start of a new year as a way to start fresh professionally or personally with New Year's resolutions.

According to one study done by Forbes, though, only 8 percent of people will stick to their goals.

But at least one group wants to help everyone stay committed, and they're taking their challenge to the metro.

Overland Park is just one of 35 cities across the country taking part in Commitment Day. At 10 a.m. Wednesday, thousands of people are expected to lace up their shoes for a 5K race. It starts and ends at Life Time Fitness, located at 135th Street and Metcalf Avenue.

Trainers say if a person starts their New Year's Resolution today, they're more likely to stick to it.

Benjamin Goss knows with every step on the exercise machines, he's pushing off pounds.

"It's time to get serious again and lose it for real," he said.

He's been down this road before but he swears this year will be different.

"I've lost the same 70 pounds four times in the past, so this year I need to make some lifestyle changes," Goss said.

He and his workout partner and wife Jenna will hold each other accountable to shed 100 pounds each.

"You get lazy. You eat out too much," Goss said.

They're determined to stay on track this time.

"Diet journal online, we got these cardio fitness watches to help us pay attention to our zone training," he said.

"If you start on the first of the month after New Year's Eve, you have a better chance of really sticking through it and continuing on," said Josh Gibbons, a training manager.

Gibbons sees many people start strong this time of year then burn out. He says setting a lot of small, manageable goals will get you big results.

"If you're trying to lose weight and you're just starting, movement is really important. Just getting out there and doing something such as a walk or move around the house more. If you're at an exercise facility come at least twice a week. Really, it's just trying to create a healthier mindset towards exercise and lifestyle," he said.

While people are thinking of getting out there and creating a healthier version of themselves, health experts are warning about what they call the "Dirty Seven."

They are seven food additives which, over time, along with stress, lack of exercise and lack of sleep, could kill you.

They're talking about high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, artificial preservatives, hormones and antibiotics, bleached flour, artificial colors and added or processed sugars.

While the Food and Drug Administration approves all of these, some health and fitness experts say they are controversial and when reaching your heart-healthy dietary and fitness goals, they should be on your radar when choosing foods to eat. They should also be avoided as much as possible.

Experts say the key is to eat clean.

"Educating on food labels, reading what you have, learning to go more natural, learning to go more fruits and vegetables, you know, less processed meats and less chemicals and things like that," Gibbons said.

Lack of sleep and high stress can also take a toll on your health, adding to weight gain.

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