Sullivan: New programs allow participants to get back in balance
Do you feel like your life is out of balance, out of control? New Year’s resolutions often include goals that relate to a healthy lifestyle — quit smoking, lose weight or exercise more.
If you feel as though your lifestyle habits are running you down and negatively affecting your health, maybe it’s time to check your balance in a new way.
Balanced Living is a program designed to help you develop lifestyle habits that will help you become more healthy and productive. K-State Research & Extension is offering this free program series on the fourth Tuesday of the month over the next several months. The programs will be at the Leavenworth Public Library, offered at 10 a.m. and repeated at 7 p.m. The series includes the following topics:
Jan. 28: It’s About Time
We all have the same 24 hours in a day, but how we choose our priorities to manage that time makes a difference in productivity, accomplishment and life balance. Learn ways to improve your use of time and increase your productivity.
Feb. 25: Move Your Body
Regular physical activity has powerful benefits — from preventing certain chronic diseases to boosting the immune system and managing stress. Change the way you think about “exercise.”
March 25: Mindful Eating
Eating is more than just putting food in your mouth and swallowing it. By becoming a mindful eater, you learn to eat when you are hungry and stop eating when you are no longer hungry.
April 22: Restorative Sleep
Some 75 percent of Americans report difficulties with sleep habits. Sleep is not a passive event but an active process involving changes and renewal of the body and mind. Learn how to get the best sleep possible.
While the classes are free, pre-registration is requested to ensure that materials are available for all participants. Interested persons can call the K-State Research and Extension Office at 913-364-5700 or the Leavenworth Public Library at 913-682-5666.
Make 2014 your year to live a healthy, balanced life.
— Denise Sullivan is Leavenworth County family and consumer sciences agent for K-State Research and Extension. For more information, visit the Leavenworth County Extension Office at 613 Holiday Plaza, Lansing, call the office at 913-364-5700 or visit leavenworth.ksu.edu.