A survey of New Year's resolutions people in Norfolk are planning has revealed losing weight and eating healthier tops the list for pledges in 2024.

And public health experts at Norfolk County Council say they can help people to stick to their commitments.

County Hall's public health department carried out an online survey of more than 150 Norfolk people earlier this month to ask what New Year's resolutions they intended to make.

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Almost 60pc said they would make a resolution, with 34pc saying they wanted to lose weight and 27pc intending to eat more healthily from January.

Cutting stress (18pc) and drinking less alcohol (11pc) were also high on the 2024 priority list, while learning something new, plus budgeting better also featured.

Just over 40pc of people claimed they had stuck to previous resolutions for six months or more, with just 7pc slipping in the first week.

Eastern Daily Press: Felix Naughton, from the University of East AngliaFelix Naughton, from the University of East Anglia (Image: Archant)

Felix Naughton, a behaviour change expert based at the University of East Anglia, said: "Planning is key to successfully achieving your goal. Write down your goal, including how and when you will achieve it, get the support of friends and family, and think about anything that might get in the way and how you will get around it."

Public health bosses at Norfolk County Council also urged people to use the authority's online Ready to Change website at www.readytochange.co.uk to help keep resolutions, whether trying to lose weight, drink less or quit smoking.

Eastern Daily Press: Bill Borrett, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for public healthBill Borrett, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for public health (Image: Bill Borrett)

Bill Borrett, the council's cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: "New year is an important time to take stock and I think that it’s extremely positive to see that so many people in Norfolk are planning to use New Year’s resolution to help them improve their health and wellbeing.

"The Ready to Change website is an amazing tool to help us all stick to our goals and is available all year round – for whenever you need it."