Lerner Center’s Monday Mile an alternative to New Year’s resolutions

Shannon MonnatResearch shows people tend to reset their goals early in the week, providing frequent opportunities to adopt healthy habits, increasing chances for success when compared to New Year’s resolutions made just once a year.

In CNN’s article “Forget New Year's health goals, try 'Monday resolutions' instead,” Maxwell’s Lerner Center initiative The Monday Mile is featured as one way to start the week on the right foot. “All you have to do is map a route wherever you’re at, gather your group and have fun walking!” says Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology and Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion.

"Many organizations, universities and cities have adopted the Monday Mile activity and have seen great results," continues Monnat, who has relied on resources from Move It Monday to help implement 30 permanent, easily accessible Monday Mile routes for Syracuse community members to jump-start their weekly physical activity goals. (January 4, 2019)