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Live Healthier for Fun!

Do you wish you could live a healthier, more wholesome lifestyle? Maybe exercise more, get eight hours of sleep at least a couple times a week, or read for fun? If you've been having trouble finding the motivation to accomplish your goals, try "Health Month". This website takes the SCIENCE of nutrition and behavior change and combines it with SOCIAL GAMES from social networking to help people improve their health habits in a fun and sustainable way. If you can enjoy the process of living healthier, you're much more likely to stick to it.

I decided to try it out. After signing up for my free account, I was prompted to start making rules. There are a bunch of different categories. Here are some of the most popular:
• Cook dinner
• Limit caffeine
• Take a multivitamin
• Drink enough water
• Eat fruit
• Exercise

Once you specify your current practices, you set goals for the month in terms of what you would like to accomplish. I currently exercise 2 - 3 times per week, but I would like to make it 4 - 5, so this was one of my rules. As the month progresses, you get points for how well you are meeting your goals, and the site creates pie charts and other graphical representations of your progress. You can compete against friends, chat with other players with similar goals, or play privately. This is a great way to get yourself motivated to start practicing some of those healthier behaviors that you wish you could turn into habits!

Submitted by Lauren Pollack, a member of PEEPs