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The Norwalk Health Department and Public Library Team Up for a Healthier 2019

By Norwalk Health Department

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NORWALK, CT - As the holiday season comes to an end, many Norwalkers have started focusing on their New Year’s resolutions in anticipation of a healthier 2019.

The Norwalk Health Department and Norwalk Public Library have teamed up for the sixth year in a row to offer Healthy Resolutions, a free, 6-session program structured to help participants achieve their goals for 2019.

Beginning January 9, Healthy Resolutions will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30pm in the Children’s Activity Room of the Norwalk Public Library, located at 1 Belden Avenue. The program will address several common New Year’s resolution topics, such as weight loss, reducing stress, and increasing physical activity, and will provide tools, resources, and community support to help participants stay on track throughout the year. Each session stands on its own but builds on and complements the others, so participants are encouraged to attend the entire series.

Participants will be entered in a raffle to win a FitBit, to be drawn at the final session on February 13.

For more information or to register for the Healthy Resolutions program, please contact the Norwalk Public Library at 203-899-2780, ext. 15133.

The session topics and schedule are as follows:

Week 1 (January 9): Goal Setting
Learn how to make realistic and actionable goals, no matter what your resolutions look like for 2019.

Week 2 (January 16): Nutrition 101 with Carly Smolick, RD, CDN
If you resolve to eat a healthier diet in 2019, this workshop led by registered dietitian, Carly Smolick, will provide the latest information in nutrition research for general well-being and will give you tips for incorporating healthier foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into your family’s diet. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, boost your energy, or just feel better, this session will help get you on the path to a balanced diet.

Week 3 (January 23): Asking for Help, Reducing Stress, and Managing our Time
Learn how to reduce stress and stay positive, two keys to good health and success with any resolution. We’ll also discuss time management strategies, strategies for seeking support, and the importance of mindfulness.

Week 4 (January 30): Get Active and Track Your Progress
Being active doesn’t require an expensive gym membership or an intense workout routine. Learn ways to incorporate physical activity into your daily life and explore strategies and tools you can use to monitor your progress and track your success!

Week 5 (February 6): Take Charge of Your Healthcare & Understanding Your Risk
Any plan for a healthier, happier year should involve engaging and understanding the health care system. We’ll talk about how to get the most from your visits to the doctor, what regular tests and screenings you might want to consider, and how to understand the results.

Week 6 (February 13): Maintain Healthy Behaviors
Build skills to overcome possible barriers or setbacks and learn how to stay motivated for long-term success. We’ll wrap up by tying together skills from the previous weeks, answering any outstanding questions about our health topics, and providing information about services offered in our community that can help you stay on track throughout the year.

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