How should I choose a partner to help me make lifestyle changes?

Sheri D. Pruitt
When making lifestyle changes and choosing a change partner (those who, like you, are also trying to make a lifestyle change), although you don't have to be too fussy, you should follow these general guidelines:
  • Choose someone who is as committed to changing health behaviors as you are.
  • Choose a partner who has similar, but not necessarily identical, goals.
  • Choose a person whose daily schedule will allow him to work with you in making changes; for example, working out together, shopping for groceries together, or talking to one another regularly about the progress you are both making.
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