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RESOLUTIONS  Thursday, December 30, 2010

Every year January 1st rolls around, leaving people making vows of sticking to a healthier lifestyle. The problem is life gets busy, and for many falling off a routine is the start of a domino effect. This year try setting more attainable mini-goals, ones you can do in stages that have an overall healthier impact.

Pure water is key to any healthy diet. It helps keep you alert, aids in proper digestion and body function, and is fat-free and calorie-free. Here are some simple ways to add more ounces to your daily routine.

A Good Start— You crave the caffeine jolt in the morning. While your coffee is brewing, use that time to fill up with a glass of ice-cold water. It’ll be refreshing, help wake you a bit and let you start the day ahead of the game.

On the Go— If you haven’t started toting a reusable thermos, now is the time. Not only will you save money, you’ll be able to quench your thirst at a moment’s notice and help the environment with less plastic bottles.

Skip flavored waters which are often loaded with unwanted sugars like sucralose. Instead, add slices of lemon, oranges or apples to your glass of water for a more natural, calorie-free way to help get your daily fill.

THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL  Wednesday, December 15, 2010

This week while millions of people around the world wake to open presents with their families another story will play out. More than 800 million people will wake to face an ongoing crisis—no access to clean water. This year make one of the gifts you give a lasting one, and donate to help ensure someone else’s loved one lives to see a healthier New Year.
Started by actor Matt Damon, this organization issues WaterCredit micro-loans that empower individuals and communities in developing countries to take control of their water needs. Once the money has been repaid, it goes back into a revolving account and is used to issue more loans to people in need. Get involved at

World Water Relief
This organization focuses on building sustainable water purification systems in developing countries and also helps with disaster relief situations. For more information, visit their website.

American Red Cross
For years this relief agency has helped people around the globe. General donations go towards helping provide all types of relief, including food, shelter and basic daily needs. Contributions can also be earmarked for specific needs, such as emergency water containers. A mere $30 can help provide safe drinking water for six families.

[World Water Relief]
[American Red Cross]