Residential resolutions: Hardin Countians can reach New Year’s goals at home

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By Kelly Cantrall

As January begins, the annual negotiations and bargaining to change an aspect of one’s lifestyle is here. But New Year’s resolutions don’t have to end up being failures by February.


There are resources in Hardin County that can help people meet some of the most common yearly resolutions, which are, according to usa.gov, losing weight, quitting smoking, getting a better education, volunteering, drinking less alcohol, eating healthy food, getting a better job, managing debt and stress, recycling, saving money and traveling.

Quit Smoking. Hardin Memorial Hospital offers tools on its Healthlink website to help smokers kick the habit for good. The tips encourage smokers to talk to their doctors about all of the aids to quit smoking, which include nicotine WORD and prescription medications.

Exercise and telling family and friends of the goal will help make the person feel good and give them support, according to Healthlink.
Healthlink suggests several strategies of what to do when a craving hits — delay until the feeling passes, drink water, breathe deeply or do something to occupy the time.

The American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association also offer tips on their websites, cancer.org and lungusa.org.

Losing Weight. The most important part of losing weight is setting realistic goals, said Marcia Barnes, bariatric surgery coordinator at HMH. Wanting to be an ideal weight in a matter of weeks will just end in disappointment. Barnes said losing about two pounds a week is recommended.

People also often can feel lost when it comes to exercise, but setting goals and just moving more can help. It can be something as simple as parking farther away and walking.

“If you do it consistently it would make a difference, I think,” Barnes said.

Exercising with other people and gaining support can be helpful as well.

“You get accountability that way,” she said.

Volunteer to Help Others. January is National Mentoring Month, and Hardin County Schools is using it to promote their mentorship program, One Hour Revolution, said Erica Scott, family resources coordinator at Meadow View Elementary School.

It’s a program that’s piloted by North Central Education Foundation and Hardin County Schools. It asks adults and high school students to spend an hour a week with younger students.

Get a Better Education. Spring enrollment at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is starting just in time for people who want to hit the books for their goal in 2012. Registration is Wednesday and Thursday of this week in the lobby of the Regional Postsecondary Education Center.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.