SMART Health Goal Setting

Setting Your Health Goal

Many people find the acronym S.M.A.R.T. is helpful with setting health-related goals.

Using this tool as a framework, you can develop goals that are:


Specific --  What exactly do I want to do?

Measurable -- How much/many do I want to do?

Attainable -- How likely am I to accomplish this goal?

Relevant -- Does this goal really matter to me?

Time-bound -- What is the time frame for me to accomplish this goal?


S.M.A.R.T. Goal Examples:

Nutrition example SMART goal: I will eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily for at least 4 days per week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Nutrition example SMART goal: I will drink at least 64oz of water per day at least 5 days per week.  I will drink a glass of water before drinking anything else; furthermore I will have water with every meal.

Fitness example SMART goal: I will work out by doing cardiovascular activity of walking 3 days per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  I will do this at the gym for 30-45 minutes from 5:45pm-6:30pm.  I will pack my gym clothes with me and bring them to work for no excuses.

Life Balance example SMART goal: I will take one hour for myself every evening of the work week to turn off my work phone and computer.  During this time, I will do something for me, spend time with my family, read a book, meditate or do something physically active around the house.

Take some time to write your own personal S.M.A.R.T. goal.  It may be helpful to start your goal with “I will…”


S.M.A.R.T. Goal Checklist: My goal is…..

O Specific                 O Measurable              O Attainable             O Relevant           O Time-bound