With the arrival of the holidays and New Year comes the perennial time when individuals consider making changes to lose weight, get fit and address any number of personal vices. Yet, as New Year’s resolutions tend to fade away, many already will have reverted to old behaviors by February. This January 1, 2013, however, hundreds of thousands nationwide will go beyond making short-term resolutions in exchange for long-term commitments to healthy and active lifestyles. In the case of Austin, thousands will descend upon Butler Park on January 1 at 10 a.m. CST for Commitment Day, marking the launch of a 365-day movement designed to unite all Americans in making personal commitments to a healthier way of life. The same will occur in 29 other U.S. cities with Americans participating in simultaneous 5K walk/run events, declaring their commitment and personal responsibility to make America healthier. “Our nation is at a breaking point with ever-rising obesity rates and the time for change is now,” says Brad Davidson, Race Director for the Austin Commitment Day event. “According to a recent study by F as in Fat, Texas has an adult obesity rate of more than 30 percent and is in the top 10 most overweight states. Commitment Day is all about inspiring a fitness revolution to urge all Americans to commit to a healthy and active way of life. It will be a day of epic proportions as hundreds of thousands of individuals join together in support of healthy eating, exercise, personal responsibility, giving and respect.” All Commitment Day 5K walk/run events will occur simultaneously at 8 a.m. PST, 9 a.m. MST, 10 a.m. CST, and 11 a.m. EST. The Austin event will take place at Butler Park. Registration will open at 8 a.m. CST and the 5K will begin at 10 a.m. CST. All participants will receive a Limited Edition Commitment Day T-shirt and a 2013 Commemorative Commitment Journal to help track their progress for living a healthy lifestyle throughout the year.