Resolution: 1

ResolutionResolutions are great. The problem is we almost always set our expectations too high.

We are going to eat right, get active, straighten up and fly right.

And as soon as we fail, we feel terrible. We give up.

Instead, resolve small. And easy.

It takes months for adults to change a habit and weeks for kids.

Pick something that isn’t hard to do at all—remember you want everyone to feel like a winner.

Here’s one to try from the 5210 Let’s Go program.

To start easy, go for the 0!

0 is for no sugary drinks.

Kids do best with milk or water.

If your kids get juice, soda or sugary drinks more than once a day, reduce the number of times they drink them. Fruit, with its fiber and nutrients, is best eaten.

If 0 sugary drinks is too hard, pick something that’s easy for you and your kids.

Check back for more and let us know what you’re doing at your house.

Go slow to to win and then keep going!



About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at,, and She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit
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