With the holiday season in full swing, many Norwalkers will soon begin choosing New Year’s resolutions in anticipation of a healthier 2020.
The Norwalk Health Department and Norwalk Public Library have teamed up for the seventh year in a row to offer Healthy Resolutions, a free, 6-session program structured to help participants achieve their goals for 2020.
Beginning January 3, the Healthy Resolutions Lunch N Learn will be held on Friday afternoons from 12-1 pm at the Norwalk Public Library Main Branch, located at 1 Belden Avenue. A light refreshment will be served at each session, but feel free to bring your own packed lunch. The program will address several common New Year’s resolution topics related to social, mental, and physical health and will provide tools, resources, and community support to help participants stay on track throughout the year. Each session stands on its own but complements the others, so participants are encouraged to attend the entire series.
For more information or to register for the Healthy Resolutions Lunch N Learn program, please contact the Norwalk Public Library at 203-899-2780, ext. 15133 or register online from the events calendar on the Norwalk Public Library homepage at www.norwalkpl.org.
Session Topics and Schedule
Week 1 (January 3): Goal Setting and Time ManagementLearn how to make realistic and actionable goals, no matter what your resolutions look like for 2020. Good time management allows you to prioritize, accomplish more, and get the most out of your days, weeks, and months! We will discuss some helpful time management strategies.
Week 2 (January 10): Savor the Moment…and Your Meal: Mindful Eating with Carly Smolick, RD, CDNLearn how to turn off the outside “noise” and focus on nurturing a positive and peaceful relationship with food. Break the habit of mindless eating and connect with your physical feelings of hunger and fullness.
Week 3 (January 17): Reducing Stress, Increasing Social Support/Connection and Improving Sleep HygieneStress can affect many things in your life including your quality of sleep. Improve your sleep health by learning some healthy sleep habits, information on the benefits of sleep, along with consequences associated with inadequate sleep hygiene. Find ways to reduce stress and build a network of social support and connections with others, two keys to good health and success with any resolution.
Week 4 (January 24): Get Active and Track Your ProgressBeing 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 (January 31): Eat Smart: Gut Brain-Axis and your Microbiome with Carly Smolick, RD, CDNAre you what you eat? Your digestive system is intricately linked with your brain health and your immune system. Come learn about your microbiome, how it impacts your well-being and what to eat for optimal gut health.
Week 6 (February 7): Take Charge of Your Healthcare & Understand Your RiskAny 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. We will also provide you with a list of some useful local resources!