Resources for your New Year’s resolutions

Happy New Year On Ice / Photo Credit: luigi diamanti via FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Photo Credit: luigi diamanti via FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Every year, people make New Year’s resolutions. The most popular ones are often gathered up and reported in lists, which is no surprise. However, this list of popular New Year’s resolutions from the US government surprised me because they also included links to resources related to each resolution.

For example, the resolution “Eat healthy food” is linked to the Choose My Plate website, which has food trackers, meal planning features, recipes, and tips on portion sizes, healthy eating, and exercise.

The list includes more than just health-related resolutions. “Volunteer to help others” is linked to the Serve.gov website by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which has a search tool to find volunteer opportunities, service project toolkits, tips for sharing information about your service project, and the ability to register projects on the site to recruit other people to help.

Click here to see the full list of popular New Year’s resolutions, complete with resources to help you make this year a great one.

If you need help coming up with a resolution of your own, click here to read about the SMART technique that could make you successful in keeping this year’s resolutions.

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“Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” 2013 National Nutrition Month (March)

National Nutrition Month 2013March is the 40th anniversary of National Nutrition Month, which has existed since 1980 (and since 1973 as “National Nutrition Week”). The purpose of the month is to emphasize the “importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.” (Source)

This year’s theme (“Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day”) “encourages personalized healthy eating styles and recognizes that food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions and health concerns all impact individual food choices” (Source). Within the MyPlate recommendations, there is plenty of room to create meals you enjoy. For ideas of how to meet guidelines in ways that work for you, click to read the 10 tips nutrition education series from MyPlate.gov.

Here’s a few ideas for making March a little more healthy:

  • Try one new fruit or vegetable each week
  • Test one new recipe this month
  • Read an article about a nutrition topic that interests you
  • Check out the National Nutrition Month games for interactive learning
  • Explore the MyPlate site for customized nutrition recommendations, free online food and physical activity trackers, and healthy living tips

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