Maintaining Health behaviours in the long term – How SMART are you?


Practice News

Weight loss challenge

on the 2nd of September we kicked off our first weight loss challenge for the season in collaboration with Vitaoncology. This includes weekly challenges as well as full body composition scans on our Inbody 120 scales. We continue to be amazed at their enthusiasm and hard work. Mid challenge weigh in are around the corner.

The diabetes meeting

We were privileged to be invited to “The Diabetes Meeting” hosted by Lilly. This was a lovely evening at de Grendel wine farm. The guest speaker Dr Rust Theron shared his knowledge about the cardiovascular benefits of Trulicity. We look forward to future events and growing our knowledge.


Breast cancer awareness month

During the month of October we placed focus on raising awareness for breast cancer. Every friday during this month we dressed in Pink

Project flamingo

Together with Vitaoncology, we raised funds towards Project flamingo. Project flamingo improves cancer care in the South African public sector. They do this through ongoing national cancer advocacy, expanding critical resource availability and by contributing compassionate care

How SMART are you?!?

There are many factors that can contribute to a persons behaviour. These factors can be divided into three categories:

  • Personal
  • Social
  • Environmental


Personal factors: our beliefs, knowledge, attitude, skills, and genetics

Social factors: interactions with other people i.e. our family, community and friends

Environmental factors: places where we live and work, other major factors i.e. the economy, technology.


When focusing on one of the above mentioned factors only i.e. the individual factor but we neglect for example the social and environmental factors , we are in fact Setting ourselves up for failure. By addressing all three of these main factors that contribute towards behaviour we can achieve long lasting behaviour change.

Over the years we have found that , although information is important for educating patients, it is rarely sufficient to change behaviour. This is based on the false belief that improving knowledge will change ones attitude , thus creating a desire to change.

This kind of reasoning unfortunately does not take into account the many complex factors that affect our behaviour. In order to achieve long lasting change we have to combine skill – development with deep-rooted underlying motivation and reason.

Our intrinsic motivation is not reliant on external influences such as an award or disapproval from a friend. It exists within us and it is often driven by an interest or an enjoyment gained from a task


One way to help us figure out how to go about behavioural change is to set SMART goals. A SMART goal is one that is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound. The SMART criteria help to incorporate guidance and realism in goal setting.

This increases motivation and could lead to improved results in achieving lasting change. Setting a SMART goal requires the goal setter to think about all the factors that are involved in achieving their goal.

Defining each of the five criteria can help defining a pathway to reaching the goal/changing the behaviour. The more well-defined the pathway becomes, the easier it is to follow.

For example setting a goal for exercising more often is very vague and is not based on the SMART criteria. By using the SMART criteria a clear objective could rather be achieved of walking for 20 minutes, three times a week for a period of four weeks.


To set your own SMART goals, set aside 30 minutes in order to define your intentions. Download our template to set SMART goals below

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