January is that time of year we make those promises to ourselves that we hope to keep in the New Year. Statistics show that somewhere in the vicinity of 97 percent of New Year’s resolutions won’t be kept. The poet Robert Burns, author of “Auld Lang Syne,” famously observed, “The best laid plans o’ mice and men [often go astray].”
The top 5 New Year’s resolutions do not change much from year to year:
1. Get out of debt or save money.
2. Lose weight.
3. Develop a healthy habit (like healthy eating or exercise)
4. Get organized.
5. Spend more time with family and friends.
Resolutions provide a fresh start after the challenging holiday season. When considering resolutions for the New Year, evaluate and assess what has worked in the past and develop goals to allow success this year. Set only one or two goals and be very specific in your expectations and how you’re going to achieve them. Take your goals seriously. Pick now as a time to overcome any excuses you may have had in the past and plan for hurdles, and prepare yourself mentally for the challenge. Write down your goals and make it official. It may help to share your goals with someone you trust; someone you know will be supportive.
Mark your calendar for two cooking classes sponsored by the Allen Foundation Grant through Skiff Medical Center. The classes will be held in the Hy-Vee Club room at 1 p.m. on Jan. 9 and at 11 a.m. Jan. 30. Stop by Hy-Vee Customer Service or call Hy-Vee at 792-7030 to register.
The Newton Wellness Coalition is a not for profit established by a diverse group of Newton community members who desire to promote healthy living in the city of Newton, Iowa. The purpose of this coalition is to support Section Six (Health) of the 2012 Newton Comprehensive Plan through connecting Newton’s greater population with physical, nutritional and social/emotional wellness offerings that are already occurring within Newton’s borders.