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Balancing Act Archives
August, 2006: Family Snack Smarts
July, 2006: Cooperative Co-parenting
June, 2006: Street Proofing Teens 101
May, 2006: Harmony is in season: Harmony is in season: Warm Weather Activities To Bring The Family Together
April, 2006: Caregiving: Sensible Steps To Success
March, 2006: Healthy Eating In A Fast Food World
February, 2006: Stress Busters to Stay Lighthearted
January, 2006: Brain Gain in Life's Later Years
December, 2005: Holiday Budget Planning
November, 2005: Combating Childhood Obesity
October, 2005: Eating Away at Colds and Flu
September, 2005: Avoiding the Aches of Osteoarthritis
August, 2005: Growing Older, Eating Wiser
July, 2005: Nutrition Tips for the Healthiest Summer Ever
June, 2005: Long-Term Care Facilities/Nursing Homes - How Do I Choose the Right One?
May, 2005: Nutrition and Your Baby: Introducing solid food to the menu
April, 2005: When Baby Comes Home For The First Time
March, 2005: Stepping into the Role of Stepparent
February, 2005: Pumping Fitness into Your Day
* January, 2005: Remedies for Financial Holiday Hangovers
* December, 2004: Time Out: Making the most of the holidays
* November, 2004: An Ounce of Prevention: Type 2 Diabetes
* October, 2004: Dealing with Peer Pressure
* September, 2004: Long Distance Caregiving
* August, 2004: The ‘Be-tween’ Transition, 2004
* July, 2004: Easing into summer vacation
* June, 2004: A family-friendly balance for working fathers
* May, 2004: Communication Tips to Help Young Minds Grow
* April, 2004: Tips for Making the Tax Season Less Taxing
* March, 2004: The Dieting Merry-Go-Round
* February, 2004: Keeping Your Financial Future in Check
* January, 2004: Here Comes the Flu
* December, 2003: Communicating with your Teen
* November, 2003: Eating for Energy
* October, 2003: Work-life Balance: Making it Work for You
* September, 2003: The Homework Zone
* August, 2003: Health Hints to Ease Your Family in to the Fall Season
* July, 2003: Stay Alert and Stay Safe - Streetproofing your kids
* June, 2003: Summer Activities for Stay-at-Home Kids
* May, 2003: Helping Older Relatives Stay Active
* April, 2003: Spring-cleaning: For the home, the family, and you
* March, 2003: Choosing a Summer Camp
* February, 2003: Baby couch potatoes: Tearing your kids away from the TV
* January, 2003: Resolution Solutions
* December, 2002: Holiday Stress Blasters
* November, 2002: Beating the Winter Blues
* October, 2002: Making the most of family mealtimes
* September, 2002: Generation Relations
* August 2002: Vacation Relaxation
* July 2002: Swimming Safety
* May 2002: Stuck in the Middle. The Sandwich Generation
* April, 2002: Supporting Your Child's Social Success
* March, 2002: After the Spring Break ... Take a Break For Yourself
* February, 2002: Keep those loving connections alive
* January, 2002: Ringing in a Balanced New Year
* December, 2001: Holiday Safety Tips
* November, 2001: It's Flu Season
* October, 2001: Halloween Safety Tips
* September, 2001: Back to school

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Resolutions Solutions

Lose weight, eat right, stop biting nails, quit smoking—the new year, for many people, means a new slew of positive changes or—more likely—the recycling of resolutions that didn’t make it past February last year. The tips below can help strengthen your resolve to stay on track and turn over a new (or old) leaf once and for all.

Chose carefully.
Make sure changes you resolve to make are ones you’re prepared to stick out in good times and in bad.

Don’t resolve your life away! Examine your lifestyle and choose one or two things that you’d really like to change or accomplish. Limiting resolutions will help keep your energy focused and positive.

Draw up an action plan. Many people blurt out resolutions without any idea about how they’re going to actualize them. Lay out a list of specific changes to get you to your goal. If you’ve decided to drop some weight in the New Year, for example, your action plan may include taking the stairs instead of the elevator, substituting fruit for your morning donut, or switching from cream to milk in your coffee. Putting pen to paper reinforces your desire to change, pushes you to think deeply about it, and can help make your resolution a reality.

Set smaller, obtainable goals. If the only exercise you’ve done in recent years is the walk from the TV to the fridge, don’t vow to cross the finish line of a marathon by Valentine’s Day. Be realistic and establish a series of ‘mini goals’ on route to your ultimate ‘big picture’ triumph.

Avoid telling naysayers at all costs! Negative friends and family—especially those with whom you shared the bad habit you’re trying to break—may try to persuade you to fall off the resolution wagon. Changing your usual routine can help you stay away from these challenging situations. If you used to indulge in a coffee and smoke break with a colleague, steer clear of the coffee shop and go for a walk instead—at least until you’re feeling less vulnerable.

Don’t go it alone. Share your desire to change with someone you know will support you in your quest for self-improvement. Confiding in an encouraging friend or family member will help you stay on course. Whether you promise to get your finances in order, or decide to eat healthier, getting advice and information from a professional can get your resolution off on the right foot.

Need more information on parenting? Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help with a child to elder care resource and referral service that is geared toward enhancing the quality of family life. Call your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to see if you are eligible for the child to elder care resource and referral service at 1 866.468.9461 or 1.800.387.4765.

This newsletter is meant for informational purposes only and may not necessarily represent the views of individual organizations.

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