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New Year’s Evolution: Evolve Instead of Resolve! (New Date/Time)

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New Year’s Evolution:
Evolve Instead of Resolve!

New Year's 2012
This year how about making it about you?  Put yourself first for once.

You won’t be alone if you’ve already forgotten your New Year’s Resolution.  And you won’t be alone if you feel a twinge of guilt about that.

Are you afraid that another year will go by without reaching your goal to get organized, stick with an exercise plan, drop the weight, or better manage your stress?

Like many people, I failed for years to stick with my New Year’s resosutions until I got smart and tried something different.  And it worked!  For the past decade, I’ve used what I call a “New Year’s Theme” instead of a resolution to keep me on track with my dreams.  This may sound like a small shift, but it has made a huge difference for me.  Every year now I’m confident that my theme will get me where I want to go.

A theme is a lot more energizing than a vague wish to get thin or get fit.  It pulls you forward instead of you having to push yourself to stick with your plan.  It’s more holistic.  

Your personal theme is like a clarion call—it announces your intention and sets your energy.  When you have a powerful, personal theme, it’s a beacon that will light your way in 2012.  And it will help you evolve as a person.

In this inspiring, content-rich session you’ll learn:
  • The 5-step process to choose a theme for 2012 to guide you throughout the year.
  • Personal strategies to keep your theme top of mind.
  • How to use your theme to evolve in 2012…and every year thereafter.
Bonus: Experience the transformation as I coach a few lucky participants in choosing their
theme.  See how the 5-step process works, firsthand.
Day/Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Time: 10-11am PT | 11-12pm MT | 12-1pm CT | 1-2pm ET

Cheryl and TobyCheryl Miller is a wellness strategist, life coach and Mayor of
She has an M.S. in Exercise Physiology & Community Health and extensive training as a coach.
As former director of an award-winning wellness program for 80,000 members, Cheryl implemented programs to help employees live healthy, happy, productive lives…in this lifetime.
In 2003, Cheryl founded the online wellness portal  She has written multiple ebooks and e-courses and has been called “one of the most innovative wellness coaches in the industry.”  Cheryl recently became the Official Guide to Wellness at (the #1 self-improvement site with more than one million visitors a month).
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Let’s Talk About Having Fun!

I don’t know about you, but I tend to be a bit serious about life—I could use more fun in my life.   But what?  How? Let's Talk About Healthy Happy LivingWe’re kicking off our Let’s Talk About Healthy, Happy living series talking about fun.   

Here’s who needs to come to the call, Tue. Feb 15:

• You, if you’re good at having fun (we need to hear your secrets)

• You, if you seldom have fun (we want to inspire and expand your world)

• You, if you are in the middle like me (we want to tip you onto the fun end of the spectrum)

Come to the first call in the series this Tuesday, February 15 and share your take on fun (Do you know how to have fun? Are you fun-deficient? Do you have suggestions for having more fun?)

More info about the series and signup:

When you sign up, you’ll receive an email with the call-in details.  If you’re not sure whether you have signed up for this series yet, go ahead and sign up.  You’ll get just one notice (unless you use a different email). 

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FREE Series: Let’s Talk About Healthy, Happy Living

Let's Talk About Healthy, Happy Living

You’re invited to join me for a free conversation series (twice a month) about health and wellness topics ranging from getting good sleep, to healthy snacking, to personal development, to eating organic, to decluttering, to healthy aging and more.  All you need is a phone. 


Here’s how to join in the conversation:

First and Third Tuesdays every month
5-6pm PST | 6-7pm MST | 7-8pm CST | 8-9 EST

More info:

We’ll have folks from all over joining in on the discussion—from all walks of life and full of varying perspectives. Imagine the energy and wisdom! 

Everyone is invited to join in or just listen.  All you need is a telephone to participate.

If you’re longing for lively, engaging conversation about health and well-being, visit this link to find out more:

You can participate in any or all calls, and you can opt out of the series at any time.

Don’t miss it!

Please invite your friends,  family, and colleagues to participate:

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March is National Kidney month

Here are some ways to protect your kidneys:
· Regular Exercise
· Limit use of over-the-counter painkillers
· Maintain Healthy Weight
· Regular physician check-ups
· Maintain Healthy diet
· Know your family health history
· Regular blood pressure & cholesterol checks
· Become knowledgeable about kidney disease
· Avoid tobacco use and alcohol abuse
· If you are at risk, be tested

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Smoking Decreases as Income Increases

Among Americans, Smoking Decreases as Income Increases

Gradual pattern is consistent across eight earnings brackets

by Rob Goszkowski

Washington, D.C. — The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is helping to crystallize the relationship between income and smoking in the United States.


While researchers for Gallup and the Centers for Disease Control have previously documented higher smoking rates among lower-income Americans, the current results based on interviews with more than 75,000 individuals across the United States allow for a closer examination of the relationship between household income and smoking behavior.

Nationwide, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index reveals that 21% of Americans say they smoke. As the accompanying graph illustrates, the likelihood of smoking generally increases as annual incomes decrease. One exception to this pattern occurs among those making less than $6,000 per year, an income bracket often skewed because many in that bracket are students. Among those making $6,000 to $11,999 per year, 34% say they smoke, while only 13% in the top two income brackets (those with incomes of at least $90,000 per year) say the same — a 21 percentage-point gap.

Full article here

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Breaking a Bad Habit

If I still smoked, I’d use a technique I just became aware of. Here’s the gist of it:

Do you have a habit that you’d like to break?

I recently had dinner with one of the most talented doctors I’ve ever known. He has incredible success getting people to give up old, destructive habits – regardless of how many times they’ve tried and failed.

He has an impressive track record with smokers. The general success rate – no matter which smoking program you’re talking about – is between 20% and 30%. But he’s able to get over 50% of smokers to quit within 4 weeks.

So how does he better the odds?

His technique is simple. You put your conscious mind between your thoughts and your habit. Here’s how it works: When the desire for a cigarette strikes, you put 30 seconds between that desire and the act of lighting up.

During those 30 seconds, you stop and think about why you’re smoking and why you want to stop. Then you smoke your cigarette.

This works for several reasons. First, it breaks the chain of acting without thinking. Second, it allows you to develop and reinforce the feeling of why you want to quit. Over time, the desire to break the habit becomes the dominant motivating force and the ritual is broken.

My friend tells me that within 4 weeks, over half his patients give up their habits. You can use this technique on your own and get the same results.

Al Sears, MD

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The Great American Smokeout – Thur, Nov. 15

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O's Quit Smoking Challenge

If you’re even thinking about cutting down or quitting smoking, you might be interested in some fun resources on Oprah’s website.  There’s a fun quiz: “What kind of smoker are you?”  I took the quiz and answered like I might have when I smoked years ago.  I was a creative smoker.  Hum, that fits.

There’s also an online support group if you’d like to share your journey or find a buddy.  And there are e-cards and an “I Quit” contract.

Check out O’s Challenge

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Link Between Diabetes and Secondhand Smoke

In a study that may offer new evidence of the hazards of secondhand tobacco smoke, researchers have found that people who are exposed to it may be more likely to develop diabetes. The researchers reached their findings after tracking the health of more than 4,500 people over 15 years. Some were smokers, some were nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke, and some were people who had no exposure at all. See the article here.

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Toll-Free Tobacco Quitline

Kansas Tobacco Quitline (1-866-KAN-STOP)

Are you thinking about quitting smoking. Are you aware that there is a fabulous free service to help you quit? Keep reading….And if you know someone who is thinking about quitting, forward this information to them.

What is the Quitline? The Quitline is a great resource for Kansans who are ready to quit using tobacco. It’s a toll-free number for the tobacco user to call to get a free, personalized plan to quit using tobacco. It’s free and many people find personal counseling very effective.

How does the Quitline work? The Quitline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When you call in, an intake specialist asks you a series of questions to analyze your readiness to quit. If you’re ready to begin the process of quitting, the person on the phone works to develop a schedule of discussions with your tobacco counselor and works with you to develop a unique plan to help YOU quit using tobacco. You will then be sent a variety of materials with information on helping you quit!

How much does it cost to call/use the Quitline? Absolutely nothing. It is free to the user.

Why is the Quitline something I should try? Because personalized counseling is proven to help some people stop using tobacco. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford 4-5 sessions with a counselor, which is the benefit of the Quitline. The service offers free counseling for any Kansan to stop using tobacco.

According to the American Cancer Society, using the Quitline doubles your chance of being successful in your quit attempt!

I’ve been smoking for 35 years. Why should I try to quit now?

Because it will provide substantial health benefits to you and those you love. After quitting, your risk of heart disease, stroke, a number of cancers and many other diseases will be reduced. You will have more disposable income and your friends and family won’t be exposed to deadly secondhand smoke.

Is Nicotine Replacement Therapy offered through the Quitline? No, though information on these products is available. For information on over-the-counter and prescription quitting aids, speak to your physician.

Will my information be shared? No. Personal information is kept completely confidential.

Who operates the Quitline? Who pays for it? The Kansas Toll-Free Quitline is operated by the American Cancer Society’s Quitline Services. The Quitline is funded by a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How many times can I call the Quitline? The average number of counseling sessions is four. However, people in special situations, such as those who are pregnant or suffering from depression, usually have 5 counseling sessions.

Call the Toll-Free QUITLINE: 1-866-KAN-STOP (1-888-526-7867)

Proactive tobacco cessation counseling is available: Monday thru Thursday 6am – 11pm CST Friday 6am – 8pm CST Saturday-Sunday 8am – 6pm CST

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If you need a little boost to inspire you to quit…these facts may be of interest. According to the 2004 Kansas Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System:

  • Approximately 18 percent of Kansas Women smoke cigarettes, about 243,000 women.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease in Kansas. Every year, nearly 4,000 Kansans die from diseases that are directly linked to tobacco usage.
  • Tobacco-related illnesses in Kansas are responsible for more than $720 million in medical expenditures each year.
  • The state spends $153 million in Medicaid costs to treat tobacco-related illnesses and more than $800 million in lost productivity costs are directly related to tobacco use in Kansas each year.
  • Tobacco users typically begin the habit in early adolescence. Almost all first time use occurs prior to high school graduation.
  • In Kansas, an average of 1,400 women die from smoking related diseases each year.
  • An estimated 500 Kansas women die from cancers that are caused by tobacco use and another 500 die from heart diseases caused by smoking this year alone. More than 400 will die from bronchitis, emphysema and other respiratory diseases.

According to the 2002 Kansas Youth Tobacco survey:

  • Currently 29 percent of high school students report using at least one form of tobacco. This includes cigarettes, spit or smokeless tobacco, cigars, pipes, and other forms of novel smoked tobacco.
  • In Kansas, nearly 21 percent of girls in grades 9-12 are current smokers. More than half of those smokers report they want to quit.
  • Cigarette smoking is reported by 21 percent of high school students.

Other Facts:

  • The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids estimates 550 Kansas youth become regular smokers each month.
  • The Adult Tobacco Survey shows that 1 in 5 adults in Kansas are smokers and nearly 30 percent of Kansans use some form of tobacco.
  • Ninety percent of all lung cancer deaths in women smokers are attributable to smoking.* Since 1950, lung cancer deaths among women have increased by more than 600 percent. By 1987, lung cancer had surpassed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women. Cigarette smoking increases the risk for infertility, preterm delivery, stillbirth, low birth weight, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • Studies show tobacco manufacturer’s target women. From a recent Harvard Study: According to the Harvard School of Public Health, the research team found the products exploited false health notions about the relative safety of light cigarettes; matched female taste preferences through flavored, smooth and mild-tasting cigarettes; and targeted physiological and inhalation differences between women and men with greater ease of draw, increased sensory pleasure and altered tar and nicotine levels. The documents also show that cigarette makers went so far as to explore the use of appetite suppressants in cigarettes to promote smoking-mediated weight control, according to the researchers.
  • Ten “Treating Tobacco Use During Pregnancy and Beyond” workshops are being held across Kansas. These workshops are providing healthcare professionals with information regarding the Toll-free Kansas Tobacco Quitline, tobacco use during pregnancy, and the tools and techniques that can be implemented into a busy practice to promote tobacco cessation.
  • The toll-free Kansas Tobacco Quitline, 1-866-KAN STOP is a useful and effective tool for tobacco users who are ready to quit! Kansas Tobacco Quitline (1-866-KAN-STOP) is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Experienced cessation counselors work with the caller to prepare for a quit date and help them make a personalized quit plan

* U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Women and Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health; 2001. Accessed: May 2004.

Approximately 20 percent of adults in Kansas smoke.

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