Lisa Valente, M.S., R.D.

We want you to make 2016 your healthiest year yet. Join us January 4-29 for the Make Healthy Happen Challenge. We'll be offering tips, recipes, dinner plans and inspiration to make healthy happen.

Pictured Recipe: Escarole & White Bean Salad with Swordfish

Welcome to the Make Healthy Happen Challenge. It's our first week and a fresh start for the new year. We've designed the challenge to help you kick-start your goals and stay motivated this month. Don't forget to take a peek at the 500-calorie dinner plan for this week. Here is our first week of daily inspiration to help you get started, tackle your excuses, get healthy and lose weight.

Day 1: Start getting healthier and track your progress with apps, the scale and photos.

Day 2: It's time to make a plan. Here's how to break it down.

Day 3: If you love food (sometimes too much), this is the perfect trick for you.

Day 4: No time to cook? No problem-we've got you covered!

Day 5: Have you ever uttered the words "I hate going to the gym"? Here's our solution.

Day 6: If it's willpower you're lacking, today's tip helps you set yourself up for success.

Day 7: Remember: diets don't work. So here's what we recommend instead.

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