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.
Day/Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Time: 10-11am PT | 11-12pm MT | 12-1pm CT | 1-2pm ET
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? We’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).Leave a comment | Print This Post
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
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:
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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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.
If I still smoked, I’d use a technique I just became aware of. Here’s the gist of it:
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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
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.Leave a comment | Print This Post
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.Leave a comment | Print This Post
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:
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
According to the 2002 Kansas Youth Tobacco survey:
* 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.Leave a comment | Print This Post