Did you know the US Government had a list of Popular New Year's Resolutions? Well, they do and the list even includes advice and links to help individuals successfully keep their resolutions.

From weight loss to managing debt, every resolution on the list is a link to various sources and information.

So, what are you waiting for? Do you want to make a New Year's resolution this year? That's the easy part, the hard part is keeping it. But, with help from the U.S. Government's List of Popular New Year's Resolutions, you can make this year the year that you finally keep your resolutions!

1. Drink Less Alcohol:

If you are interested in learning about ways to reduce your intake of alcohol, you can click-on the Drink Less Alcohol link and it will lead you to the Government's National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. There you will find links to a number of pamphlets, brochures, fact sheets and a poster that you can request.


Beyond Hangovers: Understanding alcohol's impact on your health
Rethinking Drinking
Age Page - Alcohol Use and Abuse
Alcohol: A Women's Health Issue
A Family History of Alcoholism - Are You at Risk?
Drinking and Your Pregnancy
Drinking and Your Pregnancy-American Indian version
Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines
How Does Alcohol Affect the World of a Child?
How to Cut Down on Your Drinking
Keep Kids Alcohol Free: Strategies for Action
Make A Difference: Talk to Your Child About Alcohol - Parents Booklet (Revised 2009)
NIAAA Science Education Programs
Older Adults and Alcohol: You Can Get Help
Tips for Cutting Down on Drinking

Fact Sheets

Fall Semester--A Time For Parents To Discuss the Risks of College Drinking
Parents: Help Your Teen Party Right at Graduation
Parents--Spring Break is Another Important Time to Discuss College Drinking
Rethinking Holiday Drinking: New Year, Old Myths, New Fatalities
Key Facts & Stats
Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) Fact Sheets
The NIH News in Health, September 2006 Issue: Discussing Drinking--A Back-to-School Conversation You Need to Have
Alcohol Dependence (Alcoholism)
Alcohol-Related Traffic Deaths

Underage Drinking Prevention

2. Get a Better Education

This link will lead you to the Government's Education and Training page, listing the official information and services from the U.S. Government. You can go on to any of the following links for additional information:

Primary and Secondary Education: Bullying and your child, early childhood education, education reform, family involvement, financial aid...

Higher Education: Colleges, fellowships, financial aid, libraries, overseas studies, work-study programs...

Student Educational Resources: Find schools, colleges, libraries, and museums; student loans and financial aid; websites for kids, homework help; information on special needs...

Parents' Educational Resources: Student grants and financial aid, school, college, and library locator, homework help, special needs...

Teachers' Educational Resources: Investigate useful government websites; get lesson plan help; explore searchable databases; find school performance data...

Foreign Students' Educational Resources: Apply for a student visa; find colleges and universities in the U.S; apply for financial aid...

3. Get a Better Job

Are you looking for a better job? Or maybe you're just looking for a job. If this is your situation, the Get a Better Job link will take you to the Finding a Job page which will provide you with official information and services from the U.S. government. There you will find the following links:

CareerOneStop: Tools and Resources for Job Seekers
Employment Assistance and Services – Local and Regional Programs of the U.S. Department of Labor
Employment for Visitors to the U.S.
Government Jobs
Kids' Career Sites
Occupational Requirements and Worker Competencies
ReEmployment – Get Help During Job Transitions
Resume Builder
Start a Business
State Job Banks – Find a Job
USAJobs – Federal Government Employment
Veterans Employment Eligibility and Rights

4. Get Fit

The Get Fit link will take you to The President's Council on Fitness Sports and Nutrition page. Here you will find information and videos on sports and nutrition. Their mission is to "Engage, educate and empower all Americans across the lifespan to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition."

5. Lose Weight

The Lose Weight link will take you to the WIN page (Weight-Control Information Network). On this page you will find information on the following:

Weight Loss for Life
Can I benefit from weight loss?
How can I lose weight?
Your Plan for Healthy Eating
Your Plan for Regular Physical Activity
What types of weight-loss programs are available?
Nonclinical Program
Clinical Program
Additional Reading
Other Resources

6. Manage Debt

The Manage Debt link will take you to the Federal Trade Commission Facts for Consumers page. There you can read about:

Developing a Budget
Contacting Your Creditors
Dealing with Debt Collectors
Managing Your Auto and Home Loans
Credit Counseling
Debt Management Plans
Protect Yourself
Debt Consolidation
Debt Negotiation Programs
And more…

7. Manage Stress

The Manage Stress link will take you to the Health Finder page. Here you can find information on the following:

Managing stress
The signs of stress
What causes stress
Common causes of longer-term stress
What are the benefits of managing stress
How to Plan your time, Prepare yourself, Relax with deep breathing, and Relax your muscles
Get active
Eat healthy
Drink alcohol only in moderation
Talk to friends and family
Get help if you need it

8. Quit Smoking Now

The Quit Smoking Now link will take you to the smokefree.gov webpage. The page starts out with this quote; "Quit Smoking Today! We Can Help." This page will provide you with links where you can talk to an expert, find tools to help you quit smoking, tell them about your smoking, and learn about topics related to quitting.

9. Save Money

The Save Money link takes you to a page which provides you with "66 Ways to Save Money." Here you can learn about saving money in several areas including transportation, insurance, banking and credit, housing, utilities, and others.

10. Take a Trip

The Take a Trip link will lead you to the Travel, Transportation, and Recreation page. This is the official information and services from the U.S. government and here you will find links to the following:

Air Travel: Travel warnings, air travel security tips, real-time airport status, preparing to fly...

Historic Places and Preservation: Historic preservation, National Register of Historic Places, White House, historic landmarks...

International Travel: Currency exchange rates, foreign per diem rates, entry requirements, international driver's licenses, travel warnings, international travel tips...

Recreation and Tourism: National parks, National Atlas, outdoor maps, the National Zoo, museums, hobbies, leisure activities...

Road and Train Travel: Gas prices, National Scenic Byways, road closure and traffic information, Amtrak, rail travel information...

Travel Safely: Airline status, airport screening, foreign travel advisories, citizens abroad...

Visiting the United States: Travel, Study, Work, and Learn about the United States of America

11. Volunteer to Help Others

The Volunteer to Help Others link will lead you to the United We Serve webpage. There you can find organizations that are looking for volunteers just like you! You can also type-in your interests and the 'Find a Volunteer Opportunity' link will lead you to organizations with similar goals. You will also find a tool kit to help you create your own service project or event, and with the Register Your Project tool you will learn how you can invite others to join and help with your group or project.

To see the U.S. Government's List of Popular New Year's Resolutions go to http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/New_Years_Resolutions.shtml

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