Melanie Mannarino for Johnson & Johnson (No. 8 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list)


Nearly 50% of us make New Year's resolutions, vowing to lose weight, travel more and get organized, just to name a few popular promises.

But according to the most comprehensive resolution research out of University of Scranton, only about 8% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions.

So what do these eight percenters most likely share in common? Intention.

According to the research, it's often not enough to say "I'm going to do this." It's important to know exactly how you'll make it happen.

Whether your New Year's goal is to lose weight or sock away more for retirement, here are eight easy ways to stick to your 2017 resolutions—all year long.

1) The Resolution: Exercise More

For many people, finding the time to make it to the gym can be tough. But it is possible to fit exercise into your schedule—and not the other way around.

Consider downloading The Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout® free app for science-based, high-intensity circuit training workouts you can do anywhere and anytime.

Pregnant or just gave birth? The Johnson & Johnson 7 Minute Wellness for Expecting and New Moms™ app offers strategic movement, workout and mind and body sessions to help keep new moms energized throughout the New Year.

2) The Resolution: Eat Better

Small lifestyle tweaks can be easier to make than wholesale "I'm never eating this again!" promises.Diabesity: The Pandemic Impacting Populations Around the Globe

For example, when eating out, look for restaurants with bright lighting. A study from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab found that people who dined in well-lit eateries were 16-24% more likely to make healthy food choices than those eating in dimly-lit establishments. The reason: Bright lights kept them alert and thinking about their consumption.

Staying in? Try to keep the kitchen tidy. Researchers at the Lab found that when stressed-out subjects were left in a messy kitchen, they ate twice as many cookies as people who were in an orderly kitchen.

3) The Resolution: Take Better Care of Your Health—and Your Family's

It can be hard enough to manage your own doctor's appointments and medications, let alone those of your entire household. But thanks to modern technology, better organization can be just a few app taps away.

Apps like the Care4Today® Mobile Health Manager, which can send you reminders to take your meds, alert you when it's time for a refill and help you share that information with loved ones or healthcare providers.

And the Kids' Wellness Tracker can help you look up proper drug dosages, based on your child's weight and age; log symptoms, appointments and vaccines; get quick information about specific health conditions; and chart kids' statistics as they grow.

4) The Resolution: Save More Money

According to a 2016 Bankrate Financial Security Index Survey, 28% percent of people have no emergency savings—and only 16% have the recommended 3-5 months' worth of expenses saved.

If you often find yourself living paycheck to paycheck, follow a golden rule that financial experts abide by: Pay yourself first, before you spend a dime.

To help make saving a no-brainer, consider setting up an auto-deposit to split your paycheck between checking and savings, or set up monthly automatic transfers to a savings account.

5) The Resolution: Take Care of Your Skin

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States—but if it's caught early enough, it can often be completely curable.
So schedule a skin cancer screening now using the free screening tool offered through theAmerican Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Simply plug in your zip code or state to find local practitioners who offer free screenings.
6) The Resolution: Better Manage Your Diabetes
If you're living with diabetes and find that you aren't as vigilant about monitoring your condition as you should be, the OneTouch Reveal® mobile app can remind you to test your blood sugar, help detect high and low blood sugar patterns and even produce personalized reports that you can share with your healthcare provider.
7) The Resolution: Love Your Job More

Forty(+) hours a week is a lot of time to spend unhappy—and yet a little over half of us are, according to the latest job satisfaction survey from the Conference Board.

To help reboot your mindset, make a list of concrete things that would make you more content at work. Is it more money? A different responsibility? Maybe a new boss?

If it's the first two, job satisfaction could be had by drawing up a list of why you're doing a good job, and then asking for what you feel you deserve. (It's worth your while: 75% of people who ask for a raise get one.) If it's the latter—or other situations out of your control, like a shorter commute—update your resume and start looking for a new gig.

And put a goal date on the calendar—say, in six weeks—to help keep yourself on track and assess your progress.

8) The Resolution: Get More Shut-eye

One in three adults don't get the minimum suggested seven hours of sleep each night, according to a 2016 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Most experts' top advice is to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. (Yes, even on weekends!) So try setting an alert on your phone to help get yourself to bed on time.

And if you have a baby in the house, consider downloading the Johnson's® Bedtime® Baby Sleep App, which offers everything from sleep expert advice to a 3-step bedtime routine that can help get your little one to sleep—so you're well rested to conquer the other resolutions on your list.

Johnson & Johnson Announces Acceptance of Binding Offer From Platinum Equity To Acquire LifeScan, Inc.

LifeScan, Inc. is a world leader in blood glucose monitoring and maker of the OneTouch® brand of products.

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Originally Published by Johnson & Johnson.

Johnson & Johnson announced that it has accepted the binding offer from Platinum Equity, previously announced on March 16, 2018, to acquire its LifeScan business for approximately $2.1 billion. LifeScan, Inc. is a world leader in blood glucose monitoring and maker of the OneTouch® brand of products.

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Annual Health for Humanity Report Discloses Progress on Global Commitments and Highlights Key Achievements Toward Eradicating and Preventing Disease, Reimagining Care Delivery and Promoting Lifelong Health

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Originally Published by Johnson & Johnson.

Johnson & Johnson today released its 2017 Health for Humanity Report, demonstrating its approach and the considerable progress it has made toward an ambitious social, environmental and governance commitment to advance the Company's mission to drive better health for all.

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Johnson & Johnson: New Study Is First to Find Short, Intensive Workplace Wellness Intervention Provided Improvements in Employee Vitality and Purpose in Life

2.5-day behavioral intervention was associated with statistically significant sustained improvements in quality of life and wellbeing

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Originally Published by Johnson & Johnson.

A new study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion is the first to demonstrate that a short, intensive workplace wellness intervention can produce sustained improvements in wellbeing. Specifically, the study found that a 2.5-day intervention led to sustained improvements in employee vitality (energy levels) and purpose in life, two important components of wellbeing, over a period of six months. There have been studies on the value and importance of these components, but this is the first study to demonstrate they can be improved through a workplace wellness intervention. The study was led by nutrition scientists at Tufts University, with contributions from two additional authors from Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions.

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Originally Published by National Organization on Disability.

On November 1st, the National Organization on Disability held our Corporate Leadership Council Fall Luncheon and Roundtable. Hosted at Sony's New York offices, the event centered on the topic of mental health in the workplace.

Members of our Board of Directors and executives from nearly 40 companies held a candid conversation, heard from business leaders, and participated in an insightful Q&A where successful strategies were discussed to accommodate and support employees with mental illness in the workplace.

"Mental illness is the single biggest cause of disability worldwide," said Craig Kramer, a panelist at the event and Chair of Johnson & Johnson's Global Campaign on Mental Health. "One out of four people will have a clinically diagnosable mental illness at some point in their lives," he continued. Another 20 to 25% of the population will be caregivers to loved ones with a mental illness.

The costs are staggering. "In the coming decades, mental illness will account for more than half of the economic burden of all chronic diseases, more than cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases combined…. It's trillions of dollars," said Kramer.

From an employer's perspective, the need for a successful strategy to deal with mental illness in the workplace is clear. But what are the most effective ways to confront this challenge? Roundtable participants discussed a wide range of ideas and success stories aimed at de-stigmatizing mental health and incorporating the issue into wider conversations around talent, productivity, and inclusion.

6 KEY TAKEAWAYS ON MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE:

  1. Be empathetic. "The most important workplace practice [with respect to mental health] is empathy," said NOD President Carol Glazer. Empathy is critical for normalizing conversations about mental health, but also for maximizing productivity. "A feeling of psychological safety is important," said Lori Golden, a panelist and Abilities Strategy Leader for Ernst & Young; and this sense of safety requires the empathy of colleagues to flourish.
  2. Tell stories. "Nothing is more activating of empathy than for people to share their powerful stories," said Dr. Ronald Copeland, NOD Board member and Senior Vice President of National Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Policy and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Kaiser Permanente. Copeland's organization partners with the renowned nonprofit, Story Corps, to capture the stories of Kaiser Permanente employees, and also provides a platform on the company intranet for employees to communicate in a safe space. Both Craig Kramer and Lori Golden also shared examples of how their companies provide opportunities to share their stories and "start the conversation, break the silence," as Kramer put it.
  3. Model from the top. Carol Glazer received a standing ovation at the luncheon for her account of her own experiences with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This type of executive-level modeling sends a powerful message that a company is committed to improving mental health for all employees. Lori Golden shared how EY had experienced great success with a program where top-level managers host office-specific events and share stories of mental illness or addiction that they are personally connected to – either about their colleagues or loved ones or, in a surprisingly high number of instances, about themselves. Senior leadership setting the example conveys that this is a forum in which employees can feel comfortable sharing.
  4. Communicate peer-to-peer. "We all know that there's greater trust of our own peers than there is of the organization," said Lori Golden. So to build trust, EY "took it to the grass roots," creating formal opportunities for employees to have conversations about mental health and asking other ERGs to co-sponsor these events. Craig Kramer also noted that Johnson & Johnson had simply folded mental health issues into their global disability ERGs, eventually building the world's second-largest mental health ERG by piggy-backing on existing infrastructure and leveraging existing connections.
  5. Be flexible. Accommodating [the fact that people live busy, complex lives] gets you better buy-in…and keeps production pretty high," suggested Dr. Copeland. A representative from one Council company concurred, explaining how their company has recently instituted a new policy of paid time off for caregivers on top of federally-funded leave. "Being in a culture in which we measure what you produce and not whether you show up in person all day, every day, and where if you can't be there, you negotiate how the deliverables will get done and in what time frame…is immensely helpful to people who themselves have mental illness issues or addiction or are caring for those who do and may need some flexibility," summarized Lori Golden.
  6. Build a trustworthy Employee Action Plan. Many employees do not access or even trust their organization's internal resources. According to Craig Kramer, the percentage of calls placed to most company Employee Action Plans (EAPs) regarding mental health is "in the low single digits," while "if you look at your drug spend, you'll find that around 50% is [related to] mental health." The people answering those calls must be trained in mental health issues, and employees also need to be assured that EAPs are truly confidential.

While revealing and accommodating mental illness remains a massive challenge in the workplace and beyond, a number of successful strategies are emerging for tackling this challenge – many of them pioneered by companies in NOD's Corporate Leadership Council.

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