5 things to know about Americans' health-related New Year's resolutions

"New year, new me." Making New Year's resolutions to be healthier is not a new concept, but a new survey reveals how different age groups approach these health-related pledges.

The survey was released by customer science company dunnhumby. It includes responses from more than 200 Americans, collected Dec. 14 through Dec. 15, 2015.

Highlighted below are five takeaways from the survey.

1. Overall, 48 percent of the respondents plan to make resolutions to be healthier.

2. The most popular changes the respondents want to make in 2016 are eating healthier (70 percent), exercising more (69 percent) and losing weight (52 percent).

3. Nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of millennials (respondents aged 18 to 34) have set a health resolution for 2016, compared with 43 percent of Generation Xers (35 to 54 years old) and 40 percent of baby boomers (age 55 and older).

4. One out of every five respondents who planned to make resolutions aim to drink less alcohol in 2016. Nearly as many (17 percent) intend to quit smoking.

5. Seventy-four percent of respondents report they would be more likely to keep their resolution with help from their physician or health network. Nearly half (48 percent) already use their physician, hospital or health network to set or achieve their health goals.

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