STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

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MAKING AND KEEPING NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Only 8 percent of individuals achieved their resolutions in 2016, according to Statistic Brain. This is likely due to most people having unrealistic expectations about the speed, ease and consequences of the resolutions they make. People attempting self-change rarely succeed the first time; most need five or six attempts, according to a paper published in American Psychologist by Janet Polivy and Peter Herman. The authors suggest false hope syndrome is the cause for failure.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. These celebrations often consist of many delicious treats and hardy meals. You can still maintain a healthy diet with a little thought and planning in advance. Research from a recent Web-based survey found 18 percent of people feel they cannot eat healthily during the holidays because they don’t want to miss out on their favorite foods. You can still eat the foods you enjoy this season, just in moderation.

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A love of learning and reading will serve your child a lifetime. Reading is one of the essential school components that helps your child reach his or her full potential. Reading encompasses the essences of writing, vocabulary, learning and understanding. That is why it is so important for your child to enjoy reading. Libraries are a great way for children to discover reading.


Most towns and communities have a local library. Many times the library is known as a main resource center. Children will enjoy getting familiar with the library and the services it has to offer. It’s great to get started as soon as possible. Library membership can start at a very young age as well. Here are a few steps to help you and your child have an enjoyable summer full of reading and learning:


•  Read to Your Child Regularly. Introduce your child to the world of reading at a young age. Try to make reading part of your daily routine. Bedtime stories are always a great start for younger children, and incorporating books during the day as your child learns to read on her own is important as well. Find out your child’s interests and get a variety of books about them.


•  Visit Your Local Library. Take a visit to the local library. Talk to the children’s librarian about the programs that are offered there during the summer. Get the library’s summer calendar so you can stay up to date on all the upcoming events.

USING THE LIBRARY DURING THE SUMMER

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

TaNiqua Ward is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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•  Get Your Child His Own Library Card. When your child is at the appropriate age, sign him up for his own library card. Having a library card teaches your children responsibility. They’ll have to keep up with the due dates and be responsible for their books.


•  Let Your Child Select Her Own Books. It is important to give your child the independence to select her own books. She will pick something that fits her own interests or perhaps something she may be curious about. If a book she selects is not in her usual reading category, let her check it out anyway as long as it is age appropriate. This is part of the learning process.


Make the library visit a regular outing for your children. It will enrich their learning and make certain areas of schoolwork more enjoyable since they have already been introduced to reading. Reading is an inexpensive activity that has endless rewards. As Dr. Seuss said, “The more you read, the more things you know. The more you learn, the more places you go.”