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December 30, 2011

New Year’s Resolutions, with a helping hand from Uncle Sam

If asked, most of us could come up with a handful, if not all, of the most popular New Year’s resolutions Americans make.  For starters, think “be more healthy” and you should come up with at least a few of the top ten: quitting smoking, getting fit, drinking less alcohol, and losing weight.  As we’ve discussed before, these types of resolutions surface to the top almost every year.

Unfortunately, changing our habits and behaviors — no matter how committed we are to doing so — is really hard.  Even if we are “resolved to change”  . . . our intentions often fizzle out a few weeks after New Year’s.

This year the “official U.S. government web portal” site, USA.GOV, is feeling “our pain” and offering help in taking the first steps.  The site lists the most popular resolutions and links each resolution to a government-sponsored site specific to that behavior.  All of the sites provide information and many provide contacts and support to help tailor our resolution plans to combat the very real barriers to change we face.

Noral understands that sticking to New Year’s resolutions is almost impossible.  We applaud Uncle Sam for giving us a helping hand.

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