Slovaks intend to lose weight and quit smoking

A good New Year’s resolution is quite common among Slovaks and a quarter of those recently surveyed plan to have a better lifestyle in 2010. Most want to lose weight, quit smoking or just care more about their health, and some want to save money or stop drinking alcohol.

A good New Year’s resolution is quite common among Slovaks and a quarter of those recently surveyed plan to have a better lifestyle in 2010. Most want to lose weight, quit smoking or just care more about their health, and some want to save money or stop drinking alcohol.

The TNS SK agency polled 1009 Slovaks over age 15 and learned that 19 percent would like to slim down, 18 percent would like to stop smoking, more than 12 percent plan to be more careful about their health while others intend to study more or find a job (both at 7 percent), earn more, do some sport, pay more attention to family, successfully master school, eat more healthily, save more money, and so forth.

Of those surveyed, 76 percent said they will not make any New Year’s resolutions – with older people (over 60) and inhabitants of Trnava Region prevailing in this group. Younger people under 17 tended to consider January 1 as a good date for starting “a new life” and making resolutions, saying they think it is easier to remember the date and to check how long they have been able to keep their promises and resolves, Vladimíra Jakubéczyová of the polling agency told the TASR and ČTK newswires.

Among those polled, women, college graduates and people between 50 and 59 prevailingly intended to lose weight and men primarily wanted to quit smoking. One-tenth of the respondents believed they would definitely stick to their resolutions and one-half thought they would probably do so. Almost one-third admitted they would fail to keep their New Year’s resolutions.

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