Health in Your Heart This Year

The new year is well on its way by now. Your determination to stick to your resolutions is probably being tested. How've you been doing? Are you feeling successful? Or discouraged?It all depends on how you get motivated!Scientists at Newcastle University in England hung two different posters at a restaurant to see if customers would…

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The Right Tools for Habit Change

All of us want to change things about ourselves! Some want to change many things. But what are the tools we need to use to accomplish our goals? I would like to suggest five that have helped me in my pursuit of change:

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The Complexities of Forming Habits

 For the last couple of weeks we have examined willpower and habit change in this column. It is important to understand how habits are formed so we can avoid establishing the harmful ones! All habits are laid down in nerve pathways in the brain.  Extending from each nerve cell are many little fibers called dendrites and…

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Trapped, But Not Without Hope!

The prophet Jeremiah said, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil.” (Jeremiah 13:23).A year ago we removed an old trash compactor from our kitchen and replaced it with a set of drawers. Into one of those new drawers we…

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“But I Don’t Have Any Willpower!”

We all love success. We want to succeed ourselves, and we usually enjoy it when others succeed--unless it is in direct competition to us (but that is another blog in the future). Health educators love success also, but rarely get to witness it long-term! We can deliver the most creative and interesting lifestyle interventions delivered…

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